Media Literacy Week 2022 kicks off, bringing with it the first-ever Digital Citizen Day
OTTAWA (ON), October 24, 2022 /CNW/ – In our digital age, ensuring everyone has access to devices and a reliable internet is just the beginning. We also need to have the tools and resources to be digitally savvy and stay safe online. And many of us still don’t know exactly what digital media literacy means.
from Canada 17e annual Media Literacy Week begins today and is an opportunity to shine a light on digital media literacy and how essential it is for all of us to know how to use, understand and interact with the digital media we use every day.
Hosted by MediaSmarts, from Canada center for digital media education, the annual event runs from October 24 to 28 and invites all Canadians – teachers, students, seniors, community groups, libraries and museums – to celebrate by participating in digital media literacy activities.
MediaSmarts is also pleased to launch a new national awareness day: Digital Citizen Day (October 26) will show that we are all digital citizens and that we all have the power to influence and improve our online spaces.
“Whether it’s fact-checking the information we see online, thinking critically about the media we consume, or being mindful of how we interact with others online, education for digital media touches every aspect of our digital lives. Media Literacy Week and Digital Citizen Day are a chance for us to reflect on the role we each play in our online spaces and to focus on how which we can all make those environments more positive for everyone.” – Kathryn Ann HillCEO at MediaSmarts
“What happens online doesn’t stay online. Every day we see how misinformation and harmful content can have a negative, even tragic impact on people’s lives. Media Literacy Week is an opportunity for us to work together to grow our knowledge and make the online world a better place. Education and awareness are the first steps towards a safer internet for our communities and young people. – Pablo RodriguezMinister of Canadian Heritage
MediaSmarts experts are available for interviews to discuss:
- What is Digital Media Education
- Why it’s important to ensure Canadians have access to digital literacy training and resources
- What it means to be a digital citizen
- How can we improve our digital media literacy skills and become better digital citizens
Check out the full list of events to see all the activities happening during Media Literacy Week and join our special free online event The Walrus Talks at Home: Digital Citizenshippresented by Meta and MediaSmarts on Wednesday, October 26 at 7 p.m. EST.
MediaSmarts is also co-hosting two events that will bring together scholars to discuss research on digital media education in Canada on Wednesday October 26 at 12:00 PM EST.
Experts available for interview:
- Matthew Johnsondirector of education at MediaSmarts
- dr. Kara Brisson Boivindirector of research at MediaSmarts
- Kathryn Ann Hill, MediaSmarts Executive Director
This project was made possible in part by the Government of Canada.
Media Literacy Week is sponsored by Bell, Meta, Amazon, YouTube, TikTok, TELUS Wise, Twitterthe Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association, the Alberta Teachers Association and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU).
Media Literacy Week is organized in partnership with the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (FCT/FCE) with the patronage of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO).
Join the conversation:
MediaSmarts is from Canada national, bilingual, not-for-profit center for digital media education. For over 27 years, MediaSmarts has been advancing the culture of digital media in schools, homes and communities across Canada. Visit www.mediasmarts.ca to learn more.
For further information: Tricia Grant, Marketing and Communications Manager, MediaSmarts, 613-224-7721 ext. 231, [email protected]