New program to teach Canadian youth to act ethically online

Teacher and cheerful preteen students standing in classroom.

In recognition of Cyber Security Month, MediaSmarts—a Canadian centre for digital and media literacy—has launched a new program for parents and teachers to teach young people to be ethical online citizens called Stay on the Path: Teaching Kids to be Safe and Ethical Online.

The bilingual program teaches young people to respect people’s privacy (by not oversharing), respect people’s feelings (by not bullying) and respect people’s property (by understanding copyright and plagiarism). It includes a four-lesson unit on search skills and critical thinking; a self-directed tutorial that examines the moral dilemmas that young people face in their online activities and strategies for dealing with them; and three tip sheets for parents on how to teach kids to be safe and ethical online.

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