Digital Citizenship @ James Lyng and Gaspe — Supporting Media Literacy Week

On November 4, the Atwater Library’s Digital Literacy Project marked MEDIA LITERACY WEEK. We held an event on this year’s theme of Internet privacy in collaboration with James Lyng High School and The Community Learning Centre. Dr. Shanly Dixon gave a talk on her research on Internet privacy at James Lyng High with remote communities in Quebec participating via video conferencing.

Dr. Dixon presented and facilitated a discussion with the students about our online dossier, effects of our actions online and tips to help be more in control of our online selves.

The presentation assumes that young people, as many people, are online a lot and the  goal was to create awareness of our online actions rather than contribute to the moral panic that often surrounds this topic.

Dr. Dixon explains:

Today’s young people are born into a digital world, they have access to and use the latest technology and are deeply immersed in digital culture; it permeates almost every aspect of their lives. From school, to play, to family and social interactions digital technologies mediate their friendships, family relationships and civic and community involvement. Scholars, parents and educators are beginning to realize that access to technology is changing young people’s experience of adolescence in unanticipated ways. Consequently, it is crucial that we study their engagement in order to inform policy and provide the digital literacy skills necessary for young people to safely and productively navigate this complex digital environment.

At the Digital Literacy Project, we love workshops that promote awareness and critical thinking about the online world we engage with. Through this kind of work, we hope to give young people the tools to make good decisions online and the awareness to use this tools to make positive contributions for themselves and their community.


For more information:

Dr. Shanly Dixon  Growing up online

Media Literacy Week – 2011

James Lyng and Community Learning Centre

Gender and Media Literacy at the Trafalgar School for Girls

Students from the Trafalgar School for Girls learned to challenge gender stereotypes in the media through an eight-week workshop on photo manipulation and poster creation. Click “read more” below to see samples of their work!

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Special Workshop on Gender and Media Literacy!!

In recognition of Media Literacy Week 2010 the DLP is offering a free special workshop on Gender and Media Literacy for schools and community groups!!!

Youth participants will explore the gender roles and stereotypes in the mainstream media they encounter daily. Discussions on why gender stereotypes go unquestioned and how they inform our personal experiences and relationships will be encouraged. Along with developing the skills to analyze the media they engage with on a daily basis, the participants will have the opportunity to learn either digital photo manipulation or video editing software as they work to create their own print ad or commercial that plays with the discussed issues. The level of complexity of the workshop will be modified to meet the specific needs of each group.

Duration: 4 to 6 sessions of 1.5 hours. This is flexible and can be modified to fit the needs/schedule of the group.

Location: Workshops can take place at the Atwater Library's Computer Classroom or at a school or community centre, depending on the size of the group and the technical capabilities of off-site locations.

If you are an educator or community worker interesting in setting up this special workshop for your group, please contact Digital Literacy Project coordinator Robin Kelley at to set up a meeting!