digital literacy

Safer Internet Day

Today is Safer Internet Day! In Canada, the lead organization for 2020 is the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. For Safer Internet Day 2020, they’re focusing on live streaming, the potential risks it poses to kids, and helping parents get the conversation started to keep teens and tweens safe online. Here are the Canadian resources… Read more

Can you catch a ‘phish’?

Have you ever received a phishing email – an email that tries to trick you into giving personal or confidential information or access to your computer? This is a common cybercrime and phishing emails can be hard to identify. Here’s a decision tree to help you avoid phishing emails. For more tips and to test… Read more

Fact or Fiction Online?

This week is Media Literacy Week. This year’s theme is Fact or Fake: Helping the World Stop Misinformation it Its Tracks, highlighting the importance of verifying that online information is true, unbiased and relevant. Here are some places you can find more tips and tools for evaluating web information: Authenticating Information including Reality Check –… Read more

Facebook’s Digital Literacy Library

Facebook has launched a Digital Literacy Library. The library is an online collection of lesson plans to help 11 to 18 year olds develop skills needed to navigate the digital world, critically consume information and responsibly produce and share content. The lessons are organized in five modules: Privacy and Reputation Identity Exploration Positive Behavior Security… Read more

Levelling Up: The Quest for Digital Literacy

Digital literacy is critical for access to public services, social well-being and economic prosperity. How is Canada doing? Levelling Up: The Quest for Digital Literacy maps the landscape of digital literacy policies and programs across Canada. This report from the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship explores the types of digital skills people are pursuing,… Read more


Can you tell fake news from real news? Try Factitious to test your ability. This online game was developed by the American University JoLT team to playfully show how to detect fake news. The stories are all from the internet, but they have been condensed and edited for the game. It’s a fun way to… Read more

International Literacy Day

Today is International Literacy Day! To mark the occasion, Decoda Literacy Solutions and the Vancouver Public Library are partnering in a ‘Literacy is Life’ celebration at the central library downtown. The program will include a Literacy Month proclamation from the City of Vancouver. This day is celebrated around the world. UNESCO has chosen Literacy in… Read more


Looking for help with using Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Netflix and more? TechBoomers is a site with free tutorials on using websites and apps as well as safety and security. The lessons are structured to introduce the basics in an accessible way. There are opportunities for libraries and nonprofits to partner with TechBoomers to use… Read more

Be Internet Awesome

Be Internet Awesome is a new Internet safety curriculum for children from Google. The five key concepts are: Share with Care Don’t Fall for Fake Secure Your Secrets It’s Cool to Be Kind When in Doubt, Talk It Out The program includes a downloadable curriculum and an online game. The game is set in a… Read more

Using the Web to Get Stuff Done

Want to teach someone how to: Shop online? Find recipes online? Stream internet video to their TV? GCF Learn Free has free lessons in their Using the Web to Get Stuff Done tutorial that cover these topics and more.  It includes lessons on buying and selling things online, doing online research, online media, and more… Read more