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A program that allegedly solves high school misery
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A program that allegedly solves high school misery 

 You can even consider high school as a teenager’s rite of passage, but like all rites, there are always struggles along the way.  

Fortunately, Media Smarts’ newest innovation might be a compass of salvation that can point high school students, be they freshman or a senior, in the right direction. Last week, the Canadian Centre for Digital and Media Literacy launched a new resource to help students transitioning into high school to navigate the digital dilemmas they may encounter in their online interactions and activities. 

Your Connected Life: A Teen’s Guide to Life Online offers teen-tested solutions for everything, from balancing screen time with schoolwork and keeping your relationships and online reputation in check, to using the internet to find the best information on health, hobbies, and homework.

 If you have a problem, all you have to do is name it and the program will solve it.  As long as you put in the effort, with Your Connected Life by your side, there is nothing you can’t do. 

When asked on her thoughts, Cathy Wing, Co-Executive Director of MediaSmarts says, “Digital media can add a layer of complexity and stress to the social and academic demands already placed on high school students. Our goal with this guide was to look at the different online issues that kids entering high school might face and to support them – in a friendly way – in managing all the different aspects of their connected live.” 

Shaw Communications was a driving force behind the Your Connected Life Guide. The Guide is available in English and French for free on the MediaSmarts website. Furthermore, Shaw has committed an additional $75,000 to the development of a program to engage high school and post-secondary students.

“With the increased use and dependency of technology in our lives, it is important that we develop a platform to help children and youth learn to become responsible digital citizens,” says Katherine Emberly, Vice President of Operations, Shaw Communications. “We are proud to be a part of Your Connected Life, to help youth navigate the complexities of this digital world.”

If you think Your Connected Life only covers school life then you’re dead wrong. The app also covers teens’ favourite online activities and offers practical advice on a variety of issues, including: cyberbullying, recognizing unhealthy relationships, controlling online gaming, downloading and copyright, secure shopping, protecting data and privacy and finding and authenticating information online. 

MediaSmarts’ vision is that all young people have the critical thinking skills to engage with media as active and informed digital citizens and with Your Connected Life, it just might come true.  For more information, visit their website, mediasmarts.ca, or follow them on Twitter @mediasmarts.

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