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Join us for National Day of Unplugging in Canada from sundown-to-sundown Friday March 5 to Saturday March 6, 2021. You’ll find fun ideas below, as well as ways to support the cause of a safer and healthier Internet for young and old during this day of unplugging.
Digital Citizenship / Digital Literacy Education for grades K to 12 As parents were caught off guard by the rise of online media, teaching young people of all ages in school to be safe and private when they’re online is crucial, not only for healthy social interactions, but also for their mental well-being and their safety. This is a necesary move to expand on what is called digital literacy...
School Digital Citizenship Education: On the road to improving mental wellness — and protecting Canada’s democracy
2019 is the year Google turns 31, Facebook 15, and the iPhone 12 years old. Its also the year where we citizens, blinded clients of whiz bang Big Tech, are taking back control of digital media to make sure it truly improves our lives. The impact on kids’ well-being has so far been too silent, for lack of powerful advocates. Educators and concerned citizens are now coming together in Canada to help youth and adults develop a healthy use of digital media, through what is coined in San Francisco, the Tech Mecca, “Digital Citizenship” training and can be translated to “ healthy Digital Literacy ” in the Canadian context. Digital citizenship education should be part of the curriculum accross Canada now.
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 is Safer Internet Day, an initiative launched in the EU and now global. In Canada, Tech for Good Canada is organizing an informal talk on keeping kids, teens and young adults safe online February 9 at 1 PM Eastern ( Toronto/Montream/New York) time.
Practice good digital hygiene. KNow how to surf the web without being surveilled by Google, Facebook & other Surveillance Tech.
Our small organisation planned an open, free event called Tech: Surveillance by Design ? in January 2021, as a way to raise awareness on the pernicious design patterns in the everyday Tech tools we use, whether at work or at home. These design patterns include surveillance of our actions without consent. That presents dangers to our democratic rights. As consumers, whether professionals or...
If you’re conscious about preserving your information from prying eyes or avid data resellers, you’re looking for ways other than the cookie opt-out to determine whether a site you’re visiting is secure and private. In other words, just like you look both ways before crossing the street, you should check a site’s privacy and security practices before continuing. Security and privacy are two sides of the same coin that help to protect you.
From digital marketing to digital citizenship
Canada Research Chair on Youth
Venture Partner, Matr Ventures, privacy and marketing expert