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Girl Guides launches digital literacy program

Girl Guides of Canada has launched a new digital literacy program called "DeCode," timed to coincide with Safer Internet Day on Feb. 6. The program is intended to educate participants about critically assessing the digital world, with a focus on the ways in which girls are represented and treated in digital media. It will cover topics such as choosing secure passwords, determining whether online information is genuine or face, the pressure of maintaining an online identity and the risks of sexual text messaging. The program was developed in collaboration with MediaSmarts.

"Girl Guides of Canada has always played a role in empowering girls to navigate their world," said Jill Zelmanovits, CEO of Girl Guides of Canada. "Today, their world is the digital world. This generation of girls is growing up in a digital society and the role that digital technology plays in their everyday lives is undeniable. Yet, girls have told us that being online puts pressure on them to look and act in a certain way and that they worry about these pressures and their safety. Girls want to strengthen their digital know-how so that they're empowered to navigate the digital world they live in, and that's just what DeCode delivers."

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