Media Literacy Week: Tips for protecting your online privacy

November 8th, 2012 by Dan Allan

Media Literacy Week is an annual campaign held by MediaSmarts (formerly the Media Awareness Network) and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation to increase the media literacy of Canadians so they can better understand the nature, techniques and impacts of media messages and productions.

The theme for this year’s Media Literacy Week, which runs from November 5th to 9th, is “Privacy Matters.” Online activities are never completely private and are recorded indefinitely. An understanding of how you can protect yourself is crucial. This was tragically highlighted recently with the case of BC high school student Amanda Todd.

Cyber-bullying remains a very important issue,” according to the Montreal Gazette, and carefully monitoring how you present yourself online can be a deterrant. November 18-24 in Ontario is Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week. The organizers encourage you to learn more about bullying, its effect, and how you can protect yourself.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has created a list of 10 tips to protect your privacy online:

  1. Think before you click
  2. Know who your friends are
  3. Tighten your privacy settings
  4. Avoid disclosing your location
  5. Don’t share your password and change it regularly
  6. Trust your instincts
  7. Understand new features before you try them
  8. Be aware of your online reputation
  9. Protect your privacy, as well as that of your friends
  10. Be discreet

MediaSmarts also has several lists of tips for protecting your online privacy.

To learn more about Media Literacy Week, click here to read an article from the Montreal Gazette.

The theme of last year’s Media Literacy Week was Digital Citizenship.


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