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Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Teachers' Perspectives

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Media Awareness Network




Media Awareness Network (MNet) launched Phase III of its ongoing study Young Canadians in a Wired World (YCWW). This qualitative research stage is a critical component of the project – providing the foundation and direction for the development of the quantitative classroom-based research instruments.

Initiated in 2000, YCWW is the most comprehensive and wide-ranging study of children and teen’s Internet use in Canada. The research project, which tracks and investigates the behaviours, attitudes, and opinions of Canadian children and youth with respect to their use of the Internet, has been conducted in two phases, in 2000-2001 and 2004-2005.

Through this research MNet has harvested a wealth of information and insights about the privacy implications of young Canadians’ online activities and behaviours. The research has highlighted the importance of education as a key response in helping young people make smart and informed online decisions.

MNet has initiated Phase III of YCWW through the following activities: conducting a literature review of current research; striking an advisory committee comprising key academic researchers and project partners; developing discussion guides and supporting materials for the teacher interviews and parent and youth focus groups; working with the University of Ottawa to obtain approval from their ethics review board; conducting ten one-hour interviews with Canadian teachers; and compiling and coding the teacher interview data and producing a preliminary analysis. MNet has received 2011-12 funding from the OPC’s Contributions Program to complete the qualitative research stage.

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English and French

OPC Funded Project

This project received funding support through the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s Contributions Program. The opinions expressed in the summary and report(s) are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Summaries have been provided by the project authors. Please note that the projects appear in their language of origin.

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