International Literacy Day

Today is UNESCO’s International Literacy Day, a global celebration of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights, and a key factor for sustainable and peaceful societies. This year’s theme is “Promoting literacy for a world in transition: Building the foundation for sustainable and peaceful societies”.

Literacy is more than just reading and writing. It also involves the ability to access, use, understand and engage with digital media in an effective, responsible and meaningful way. Digital media literacy skills are essential for navigating our increasingly connected and complex world, where we encounter various forms of information, communication and expression.

Digital media literacy skills include:

  • The ability to find, evaluate and communicate information by using digital media platforms.
  • The ability to use technology to create, share and collaborate with others online.
  • The ability to critically analyze the nature, techniques and impacts of media messages and productions.
  • The ability to recognize and respond to online risks, challenges and opportunities.
  • The ability to practice positive online behaviors and respect the rights and responsibilities of digital citizenship.

At KnowledgeFlow Cybersafety Foundation, we are committed to promoting online safety and security for all Canadians. We believe that everyone deserves to feel safe and secure online, whether they are kids or seniors, and we strive to make cybersafety education accessible to all.

Some of our initiatives that aim to enhance digital media literacy skills are:

  • National Cyber Day, a nationwide event that celebrates cyber security awareness and education by offering free workshops, webinars, games and resources for Canadians of all ages.
  • UnHackathon, a creative design challenge that fosters cybersafety education and digital media literacy through a fun and engaging competition.
  • CyberBytes, a personal development program for teachers that helps them to safely and effectively engage with technology in their classrooms.
  • DEFUSE, a NATO funded project that battles online disinformation by developing innovative tools and strategies.

We invite you to join us in celebrating International Literacy Day by exploring our website and learning more about our work. Together, we can make the world #UnHackable!

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