The countdown to Media Literacy Week 2021 is on

Canadians are spending more time online during the pandemic and this year’s Media Literacy Week aims to put the spotlight on the essential digital literacy skills needed by today’s digital citizens.

Canada’s 16th annual Media Literacy Week runs from October 25 to 30 and is hosted by MediaSmarts, Canada’s centre for digital and media literacy and supported by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF/FCE).

With the week’s activities going virtual, Canadians everywhere have the chance to join events held by MediaSmarts and collaborating organizations, including digital parenting workshopsBreak the Fake workshops and seminars on topics ranging from AI to cybersecurity.

There are many, amazing, free resources that will be available. This year, the Teachers’ Hub features five days of lesson plans and activities curated around five media literacy themes – use, understand, engage, access and verify.

MediaSmarts has also produced three pre-recorded video lessons, covering topics like body image, online hate and identifying what’s real online.