MONTREAL, Nov. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Laurier Macdonald High School in St.
Leonard joined with schools across Quebec at an event to launch Media
Literacy Week 2012. Students had the opportunity to talk with a panel
of experts about online privacy as part of this year's theme Privacy Matters.
The week, which runs from November 5 to 9, is hosted by MediaSmarts and
the Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF). Jennifer Stoddart, the Privacy
Commissioner of Canada, provided opening comments at the event on the
importance of educating youth about their privacy rights.
CTF President Paul Taillefer notes that the private self and public self
of today's youth have become increasingly intertwined, "Our role as
educators is to help them open their eyes and use their judgment to
stay in control of their personal information and ultimately their
"We live in a world where students are online regularly," says Angela
Mancini, chairman of the English Montreal School Board. "This event
represents an excellent example of authentic learning and we appreciate
the fact MediaSmarts and the CTF have chosen to work so directly with
the EMSB. We are also very proud of Laurier Macdonald High School for
its reputation of having one of the finest media education programs in
the country, which even includes a course on online gaming."
The privacy panel included participants from Google Canada, Office of
the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and University of Ottawa. The
discussion was broadcast to over 33 schools across the province through
Community Learning Centres.
Media Literacy Week has the support of over 60 organizations, including
Gold Sponsors Bell and YouTube, and Silver Sponsor TELUS. For a full
list of this year's financial supporters visit www.medialiteracyweek.ca/en/about_supporters.htm. The 2012 collaborators can be viewed at www.medialiteracyweek.ca/en/about_partners.htm.
Privacy resources for parents, teachers and youth can be found on the
Media Literacy Week website at www.medialiteracyweek.ca.
MediaSmarts (formerly known as Media Awareness Network) is a Canadian
not-for-profit centre for digital and media literacy. Its vision is
that young people have the critical thinking skills to engage with
media as active and informed digital citizens. MediaSmarts' programs
are supported by: TELUS, CIRA, Google, Bell, Shaw, Bell Media, and the
National Film Board of Canada. http://www.mediasmarts.ca @mediasmarts @habilomedias
The Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) is an alliance of 15 Member organizations and one Affiliate Member
representing nearly 200,000 teachers across the country. The CTF is
also a member of the international body of teachers Education International EI. Follow CTF on Twitter @CTFPresident, @CanTeachersFed, @EnseigneCanada.
SOURCE: Canadian Teachers' Federation
For further information:
613-224-7721 ext. 231
Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
514-483-7200 ext. 7243
Director of Communications
Canadian Teachers' Federation