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Media Literacy Week

Media Literacy Week

London Public Library seeks to support the development of Media Literacy skills by highlighting National Media Literacy Week in November.

The week supports young people in developing critical thinking skills to engage media as active and informed digital citizens. For more information see: www.medialiteracyweek.ca.

 

6 Challenges & Tips for Teens

Online fraud
It’s easy to be taken in by people online who promise more than they intend to deliver. You can see a complete list of online frauds at the

RCMP's Scams and Fraud webpage. Reporting online crime: Online crime can only be stopped if it’s reported. If you know about successful or attempted crime online, visit http://www.recol.ca/ to report it.

Excessive spending
The ability to buy real or virtual things instantly can make it easy to lose track of how much money you’re spending. Prepaid credit: Some banks and credit cards offer prepaid credit cards which only let you spend a set amount.

Griefing
Some people enjoy annoying other people on purpose and ruining experiences that should be fun. Almost every kind of online communication lets you block other users from contacting you. User/vendor rating systems: Some online commerce sites allow users to rate vendors based on their experience with them. Look for a good rating and positive comments. As well, some online games and virtual worlds rate users based on other users’ feedback.

Identity theft
Scammers can steal your online identity by getting access to your credit card or bank information or to other data you use to verify your identity. Secure sites: Secure Web sites use methods like encryption to keep your data safe. Look for a Web address that starts with “https” and a padlock icon at the top or bottom right of your browser window (not the Web site itself.)

Spoofing
It’s easy to pretend to be someone else online. There are lots of fake Facebook profiles and Twitter accounts that pretend to be from someone they’re not. Privacy settings: Social networking sites such as Facebook have privacy settings that allow you to decide who can see what on your profile. The default settings are often not the most secure, so make sure yours are set to show your content only to your friends.

Spyware
Malware that collects data from your computer. Some spyware records everything you type. Browser and antivirus updates: Your Browser is your first line of defence against malware, but you need to keep updating it. The same is true for free or commercial antivirus software.

 

6 Tips for Parents of Small Children

Watch television together. That way you know what they are watching and can be there to answer any questions.

Educate children about advertising. Help kids understand that commercial TV is a business – and its job is to sell people with advertising. The internet is also a source for ads. Talk about common strategies used in commercials aimed at kids. Look for words that come up again and again. Help kids learn to question the claims made in commercials.

Use the mute button. TV advertisements are designed to be extremely engaging for kids. Muting the sound when commercials are playing will lessen their seductive power.

Use commercial time for fun activities. Get snacks during commercials or use the time to encourage the children to stretch, run around or do summersaults.
 

See what’s available at the library. Most public libraries now offer a wide variety of children’s programs on DVD. Many Canadian libraries also have a wide range of National Film Board movies. Both are free of advertising and can be watched when it is convenient for your family.

Discuss how to be a wise and responsible consumer. Show kids how to comparison shop, read reviews and investigate warranties. Talk about the effect of consumerism on the environment. Encourage them to think about ways they can cut down on buying non-essential products.

 

Interactive Education

Co-Co's AdverSmarts: An Interactive Unit on Food Marketing on the Web (Game for 5-8 year olds)

Privacy Playground: The First Adventure of the Three CyberPigs (Game for 8-10 year olds)

The Target is You!: Alcohol Advertising Quiz (Quiz for Tweens)