Today’s young people are increasingly exposed to violence through the media. As teachers, we must ask ourselves what role we play in developing the skills students require to safely navigate our media saturated society. OTF recognizes that educators need support in this area and has worked hard to bring together an impressive group of expert leaders in the areas of bullying prevention, violence prevention, safe schools and media literacy to assist teachers in addressing this issue in their classroom practice. It is committed to providing teachers with opportunities to explore a variety of violence prevention strategies and programs, many of which are highly applicable in the classroom.
OTF encourages Ontario educators to increase their awareness of media violence prevention strategies and resources through live OTF Connects webinars. Go to OTF Connects to check out the calendar of events or to view archived sessions.
Below are links to organizations and resources that support educators in addressing media related issues in their classrooms and schools.
Center for the Study of Violence (Dr. Craig Anderson)
Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children (Dr. Peter Jaffe)
Killology Research Group (Lt. Col. Dave Grossman)
The Free Radical, Media Violence Information and Strategies (Valerie Smith)
Thinkfirst Canada, Brain and spinal cord injury prevention (Dr. Charles Tator, MD)
Le Centre ontarien de prévention des agressions (COPA), Violence Prevention