Media Advisory - National Media Education Week 2008 Youth Event



    Addressing Young People's Unethical Online Activities and Behaviours

    OTTAWA, Oct. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - Media Awareness Network (MNet), the
Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) and Historica's Encounters with Canada
will host a youth event to celebrate National Media Education Week in Ottawa
on November 5, 2008.
    The goal of National Media Education Week (November 3-7) is to promote
media literacy activities in homes, schools and communities across Canada.
This year's theme - Think Critically, Act Ethically: Inside and Outside the
Classroom - encourages young people to be ethical and responsible online
citizens.
    At the event, youth attending Historica's Encounters Canada forum will
present public service announcements they have created to address unethical
activities and behaviours on the Internet, such as harassment and bullying,
hacking, illegal downloading, plagiarism and identity theft. The youth will
also present a "Code of Ethics" for their schools to encourage peers and
younger students to behave ethically online.
    The event, which marks the third year for National Media Education Week,
will take place on Wednesday, November 5, 2008.

    
    Time:      10:00 to 10:15 AM: Opening remarks
               10:15 to 10:30 AM: Youth presentations
               10:30 to 11:00 AM: Interviews and refreshments

    Location:  Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre
               1805 Gaspé Avenue
               Ottawa, ON K1K 0A4
               Map (http://www.mapquest.com/maps
city=Ottawa&state=ON&address=1805+Gasp%C3%A9+Avenue)

    Who:       Cathy Wing, Co-Executive Director, Media Awareness Network
               Sarah Crawford, Chair, Media Awareness Network
               Emily Noble, President, Canadian Teachers' Federation
               Linda Brunet, Director General, Historica's Encounters with
               Canada
               Youth presenters, Historica's Encounters Canada youth forum
    

    Media Awareness Network (MNet) is a not-for-profit Canadian organization
whose aim is to help children and youth to develop an informed and critical
understanding of media, the techniques used in creating media products and the
media's role and influence within society. (http://www.media-awareness.ca/)

    Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) represents nearly 200,000 Canadian
teachers across the country. For nearly 90 years, CTF has advanced the cause
of children, defended the rights of teachers and promoted a strong public
education system. Further, they have championed the increase and strengthening
of the practice of media education in Canadian classrooms.
(http://www.ctf-fce.ca/)

    Historica's Encounters with Canada is Canada's largest youth forum that
has been offering exceptional Canadian youth programming for over 25 years.
Over 78,000 youth have lived the quality Encounters with Canada experience so
far.




For further information:

For further information: Ann Marie Paquet, Communications Officer, Media
Awareness Network, (613) 224-7721, ext. 231, apaquet@media-awareness.ca;
Francine Filion, Director of Communications, Canadian Teachers' Federation,
(613) 688-4314, ffili@ctf-fce.ca; Jacinthe Benoit, Director of Communications,
Historica's Encounters with Canada, (613) 744-1290 ext. 224,
jbenoit@histori.ca


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