Winnipeg, MB (Nov. 2, 2015) – Winnipeg youth, teachers and community leaders gathered today for an engaging morning exploring what it means to be a good digital citizen and how to promote respect online.
The event, held at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, marked the start of the tenth annual Media Literacy Week which runs Nov. 2-6. Hosted by MediaSmarts and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF), the theme of the week – Respect in a Digital World – encourages young people to be responsible and ethical digital citizens by respecting themselves, others and the online spaces they’re in.
At the launch, youth speakers discussed the inspiring and empowering work they are doing using digital technologies to promote social justice issues. Students also took part in hands-on digital workshops hosted by teachers and student leaders.
“We are pleased to celebrate the first decade of Media Literacy Week by promoting the importance of respect in the digital world,” says Cathy Wing, Co-Executive Director of MediaSmarts. “Through the week, we hope to raise awareness of the important role of parents and teachers in encouraging youth to create cultures of civility in online spaces.”
“Teachers have a role in guiding their students to value respect, empathy and compassion in the real and digital worlds. It is through teamwork, collaboration and communication that they can promote social justice in their community and the world,” says CTF President Heather Smith.