"Young Canadians aren't just passive consumers of media anymore – they're broadcasters too. It's harder than ever to tell the difference between accurate information and advertising, misinformation and parody, and it's easy for any of us to inadvertently spread false information."
(Cathy Wing, co-Executive Director, MediaSmarts, 2018)
Media plays a huge role in the lives of our students. It provides a window to the world; it allows us to communicate across borders; it informs and teaches us about so many things in so many ways.
MediaSmarts, Canada's centre for digital and media literacy, suggest we celebrate each of the first five days of the week by highlighting one of five media literacy themes - use, understand, engage, access, and verify. For more information and activities related to this theme, please check out the MediaSmarts Teachers’ Hub.
In today’s world of social networking it is more important than ever to “be aware before you share.” It takes only a second to click and spread information, but have you made the effort to fact-check your sources and information? Have you been thoughtful and respectful with your choice of words? Are you certain that sharing this information will be beneficial to you and to all others who might see it?
As digital citizens in today’s wired world, it is important that students learn to be critical users and producers of media. By asking questions, making comments, and sharing opinions, students can play a role in shaping media representations, including the importance of inclusivity in all media.