Check First. Share After.

Did you know that reducing the spread of misinformation during a pandemic by just 10% will reduce the severity of the outbreak? MediaSmarts has just launched the Check First. Share After campaign to encourage Canadians to check the source of info about COVID-19 before sharing it. What can you do? Share responsibly. Check first, share… 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

Digital Citizenship: Guide for Parents

Public Safety Canada and MediaSmarts have created  Digital Citizenship: Guide for Parents. The guide is designed to prepare parents for the conversations they need to have with their children when they first start using digital devices, as they grow and their online activities change, and when things go wrong. The guide is divided into three… Read more

The Parent Network: Social Media and Your Kids

The Parent Network: Social Media and Your Kids Workshop is designed to help parents better understand how their children are using social networking. It provides tips and tools that parents can use to minimize negative experiences and maximize positives ones. The workshop from MediaSmarts is designed to be presented in a school or community setting… Read more

Responding to Online Bullying

Impact! How to Make a Difference When You Witness Bullying Online is a collection of practical tools to help Grades 7 to 9 students make a difference when they witness cyberbullying. It includes: A step-by-step, online interactive decision-making tool that helps students choose effective strategies for intervening in different cyberbullying situations; A classroom lesson that supports… Read more

Half Girl, Half Face

Designed for girls in grades 7-9, the Half Girl, Half Face workshop explores many of the online image issues teenage girls may encounter when they use digital media – particularly social networks. Suitable for both school and community settings, the resources include the Half Girl, Half Face video and a comprehensive facilitator’s guide. This MediaSmarts… Read more

Parenting in a Digital World

Looking for advice on raising kids in a digital environment? There is helpful information online. MediaSmarts offers a series of free online tutorials on media issues affecting youth, including: Parenting the digital generation Raising ethical kids for a networked world Keeping up with your kids’ online activities   This Canadian centre for digital and media… Read more