Media Literacy Week 2014 is Creative, Connected and Collaborative!
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This November 3-7, thousands of students, educators, parents and community organizations will join MediaSmarts and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) in marking Canada’s 9th annual Media Literacy Week.

This year’s theme, “Youth & Social Networking: Creative, Connected, Collaborative,” will encourage adults to work with young people to explore the opportunities that social networking tools provide for contributing positively to society and building digital skills for the future.

ThunderclapHelp us make some noise for Media Literacy Week! We need 100 supporters to join the Thunderclap to help us spread our message on November 3. Take part here:

Guest Post: Social Media and Safety - How are Youth Using Social Media?

PREVNet's National Youth Advisory Committee (NYAC) has been recently involved in a survey conducted by PREVNet researchers about youth, social media, and online safety. Some of the roles the NYAC members played in this survey were: (a) piloting the survey, (b) proving feedback on survey questions, research ethics application, and research methodology, (c) recruiting participants, and (d) providing input on the interpretation of the survey findings. Learn more. 

Featured educators and youth

Featured Youth: Rosa Luo
The Regent Park Focus program provides youths from all around Toronto with a friendly space to learn and expand their technological knowledge. One of the youths that participated in the summer program of 2014 is Rosa, a student from North East Toronto. Find out more about Rosa's work here.

Featured Youth: Macaulee and Kascha
The Cyber-Seniors program began as a high school project that sisters, Macaulee (16) and Kascha (18) launched in 2009, resulting in a documentary that shows the positive and transformative impact the program has had. Learn more about the project here. 

Featured Educator: Gordon Billard
Gordon Billard began his teaching career in Newfoundland, moving to Arviat, Nunavut in 2001. Fourteen years later, he is still there, still producing plays in one of Canada's most fascinating, and inspiring regions. Despite the many challenges that come with teaching in a remote, fly-in school in Northern Canada, he is praised by his colleagues for "achieving miracles" with his students. He helps them find their sense of belonging and their unique voice. Learn more at the Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellent site.

Leading up to Media Literacy Week we will highlight innovative adults and youth who are doing amazing things to foster media literacy in their communities. Check out the In Action page to see how teens and teachers are using social media for social good. Know someone we should profile? Send us your suggestions!

Featured events

Tweet chat: #K12Media | Nov 3 @ 8pm ET
Join MediaSmarts and #K12Media for a specially themed Media Literacy Week tweet chat. Visit for more information.

Webinar: Integrating youth media & media literacy in the classroom | Nov5 @ 6pm ET
Mark your calendars! On November 5, the U.S. National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE)  and MediaSmarts will be hosting a webinar inviting teachers to discuss their experiences in integrating media literacy and youth media into teaching and learning in formal learning environments.(More information)

What will you be doing to celebrate Media Literacy Week? Let us know about your activity or event and we'll help you spread the word. Contact us at

Visit the events calendar to find out what’s happening online or in your community!
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Learn more about this exciting annual initiative here

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We hope you’ll join us in celebrating the largest digital and media literacy movement in Canada! 
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Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association
Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association
Associate Sponsors:
Alberta Teachers' Association
Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
Nova Scotia Teachers' Union
Manitoba Teachers' Society
Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation