OTTAWA, May 25, 2011 /CNW/ - Media Awareness Network (MNet) and the
Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) today unveiled the theme for this
year's annual Media Literacy Week - Digital Citizenship - calling on Canadians to encourage young people to reflect on their
online lives, and their rights and responsibilities as they navigate
the digital world.
"Through digital media, young people have a platform for communication
and engagement that was nonexistent a generation ago. Adults have a
huge role to play in ensuring they also have the critical thinking
skills to use this technology wisely and responsibly," said Cathy Wing,
MNet's Co-Executive Director. "With this year's theme, we want to
encourage youth to use digital media for positive activities - for
advocacy, creative expression and civic engagement."
For her part, CTF President Mary-Lou Donnelly explains how teachers play
a pivotal role to help their students become active and responsible
citizens in a global and increasingly complex world. "Technology has
opened doors on issues related to the environment, civic engagement and
social justice. Teachers' fundamental role will continue to be in
helping students develop lifelong skills such as critical thinking,
problem-solving, information literacy, global awareness and multiple
This year, the week will take place Nov. 7-11, 2011, and events are
already being organized in homes, classrooms and communities across the
country. The list of collaborators include Manitoba Education, the
Canadian Library Association, the London Public Library, the Gulf
Islands Film & Television School, TeachKidsNews, and The Manitoba
Museum. Whether a student film festival, online challenge, panel
discussion, workshop or film screening, Media Literacy Week offers
events for all ages.
Media Literacy Week is proud to be welcoming back YouTube as a Gold
Sponsor and Bell as a Silver Sponsor.
To find out more on the week and how you can get involved, visit the
Media Literacy Week Web site.
Media Awareness Network (MNet) is a Canadian not-for-profit centre for media literacy and
digital literacy. MNet's programs are funded by its public and private
sector sponsors, donors and partners, who include: CTV • Shaw • Bell •
TELUS • Canadian Internet Registration Authority • Google • National
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The Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) represents nearly 200,000 teachers as their national voice on
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For further information:
Ann Marie Paquet, Communications Officer, MNet, 613-224-7721, ext. 231, firstname.lastname@example.org
Francine Filion, Director of Communications, CTF, 613-688-4314, email@example.com