The Media Awareness Network (MNet) and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) are pleased to announce that “Privacy Matters” will be the theme of this year’s Media Literacy Week, to be held November 5th through 9th. MNet and the CTF are pleased to welcome back YouTube as the 2012 Gold Sponsor of Media Literacy Week.
“Contrary to what adults may believe, privacy does matter to youth and they want the skills to manage their personal information,” says Cathy Wing, MNet Co-Executive Director. “Through Media Literacy Week, we hope to shine a light on the privacy knowledge and skills young people need for their online activities.”
For his part, CTF President Paul Taillefer explains that the private self and public self of today’s youth have become intertwined like never before: “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 reputations.”
Now in its seventh year, Media Literacy Week continues to grow with over 60 collaborators who took part in 2011, including ministries of Education, teacher associations, industry organizations and community groups.