Media Awareness Network (MNet) and the Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) are once again joining together to host the fourth annual Media Literacy Week, November 2-6, 2009. The purpose of the week is to promote media literacy as a key component in the education of young people and to encourage the integration and the practice of media education in homes, schools and communities.
This year's theme -- Media Literacy in the Digital Age -- emphasizes the multiple literacy skills needed by today's youth for accessing, evaluating, repurposing, creating and distributing digital media content. Although young people easily acquire the skills to navigate new technologies, they still need to develop the critical thinking skills they need for responsible and engaged online citizenship. Critical thinking and other digital literacy skills are essential for young people to be able to decode and confront the advertising, propaganda and misinformation that are so common online; digital literacy is also key in helping youth become fully engaged online citizens.
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