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Media Literacy Week 2022 kicks off and introduces the first ever Digital Citizenship Day

News Release - The 17th annual Media Literacy Week begins today. It's an opportunity to shine a spotlight on digital media literacy and the importance of understanding the digital media we consume every day and how to use and interact with them.

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Press Release - In the digital age, ensuring that everyone has access to reliable devices and Internet service is the least we can do. We also need the tools and resources to learn about digital media and stay safe online. And many of us still don't have a clear understanding of what digital media literacy means.

The 17e Media Literacy Week yearly starts today. This will be an opportunity to shine a spotlight on digital media literacy and the importance of understanding the digital media we consume every day and how to use and interact with them.

Hosted by MediaSmartsThe annual event will take place from October 24 to 28. We invite all Canadians, including teachers, students, seniors, community groups, libraries and museums, to celebrate by participating in digital media literacy activities.

HabiloMédias is also proud to announce the launch of a new national awareness day, the Digital Citizenship Day (October 26)which will remind us that we are all digital citizens and that we all have the power to influence and improve our virtual spaces.

"Whether it's checking the information we see online, thinking critically about the media we consume, or being aware of how we interact with others online, digital media literacy touches all aspects of our digital lives. Media Literacy Week and Digital Citizenship Day are an opportunity for us to reflect on the role we all play in our virtual spaces and focus on how best to create more positive environments for all." - Kathryn Ann Hill, Executive Director of HabiloMedia

"What happens online does not stay online. Every day, we see how misinformation and harmful content can negatively, and even tragically, impact people's lives. Media Literacy Week is an opportunity for us to work together to strengthen our media literacy and build a better online world. Education and awareness are the first steps toward a safer Internet for our communities and our youth." - Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage

HabiloMedia experts are available for interviews to discuss:

  • of what digital media literacy is;
  • the importance of ensuring that Canadians have access to digital media literacy and related resources;
  • what it means to be a digital citizen;
  • how we can improve our digital media literacy skills and become better digital citizens.

Consult the full list of events to see all the activities taking place during Media Literacy Week and to participate in our special free online event The Walrus Talks at Home: Digital Citizenship [presented by Meta and HabiloMedia on Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m. (Eastern).

HabiloMedia is also co-hosting two events that will bring together academics to discuss the research on digital media literacy in Canada on Wednesday, October 26 at 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

Experts available for interview 

  • Matthew Johnson, Director of Education at HabiloMedia
  • Dr. Kara Brisson-Boivin, Director of Research at HabiloMedia
  • Kathryn Ann Hill, Executive Director of HabiloMedia
  • Marc Alexandre Ladouceur, Media Education Specialist at HabiloMédias

This project was made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

Media Literacy Week is sponsored by BellMetaAmazonYoutubeTikTokTELUS WarnedTwitter, the'Anglo-Ontarian Catholic Teachers Association, the'Alberta Teachers Association and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union.

Media Literacy Week is offered in partnership with Canadian Teachers' Federationand with the financial support of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.

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#SemEduMedias | 1TP9DigitalCitizenshipDay
Twitter: @HabiloMedias | Facebook : @HabiloMedia
Instagram: @MediaSmarts.ca | YouTube : MediaSmarts | TikTok: @MediaSmarts

MediaSmarts is a national, bilingual, not-for-profit digital media literacy center. For over 27 years, HabiloMedia has been advancing digital media literacy in schools, homes and communities across Canada. Visit the site https://habilomedias.ca/ to know more.

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