Teaching Kids to be Inclusive Online

Media Literacy Week (MLW), an annual event co-hosted by MediaSmarts and the Canadian Teachers’ Foundation (CTF), will focus on diversity and inclusion online for children and teens. According to MLW’s website, the week-long event ‘highlights the importance of teaching children and teens digital and media literacy skills to ensure their interactions with media are positive and enriching.’ This year the event is scheduled to run from November 6-10, 2017.

The organizers hope the event will promote ways in which diverse voices, thinking, and talents can participate together in media and digital spaces through the theme of ‘Inclusion in a Connected World: A Place and a Voice for Everyone.’ Cathy Wing, Co-Executive Director of MediaSmarts thinks children and teens need to be engaged as the next generation of users and creators, “Everyone benefits from inclusive online spaces that allow people to share their unique perspectives,” says Wing. CTF President, Heather Smith, strongly advocates that children and teens brought up in the digital world have much to contribute to discussions about real life experiences and creative solutions. Smith further states that “Teachers can challenge students to address critical questions about diversity and inclusion of different voices, both online and in person.”  

Sponsors for the event include TELUS, Bell and YouTube. Events and programs are being announced continuously for Media Literacy Week and interested participants should visit medialiteracyweek.ca or sign up for the e-bulletin for updates. MediaSmarts is a Canadian not-for-profit centre for digital and media literacy with a vision to engage young people to actively engage with media as active and informed citizens. It offers hundreds of resources for educators, parents and librarians on its website mediasmarts.ca. CTF is a national alliance of provincial and territorial organizations representing teachers across Canada and an affiliate of the 32-million member, Education International.

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