Inaugural “Media Literacy Week” in the U.S. November 2nd thru 6th, 2015

Sponsored by Trend
Micro
and Hosted by National
Association for Media Literacy Education
(NAMLE)

(Organizations and Educators Are Welcome to Contribute!)

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The launch of Media
Literacy Week
(#MediaLitWk) in the U.S. is being held November 2-6,
2015. The mission of Media Literacy Week is to highlight the power of
media literacy education and its essential role in education today.
Sponsored by Trend Micro and hosted by the National Association for
Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), Media Literacy Week U.S. is the first
event of its kind in the U.S. This important inaugural event has the
support of 85+ partnering organizations and dedicated, passionate media
literacy experts and practitioners across the nation.

“We can go a long way in helping kids become safer and more responsible
online by treating online safety as a literacy issue, not a policy or
technology issue,” said NAMLE Board member, Lynette Owens, and Global
Director, Internet Safety for Kids & Families Program, Trend Micro. “We
are thrilled to be driving these conversations during the launch of
Media Literacy Week in the United States this week and beyond.”

Media Literacy Week is designed to bring attention and visibility to
media literacy education in the U.S. Inspired by Canada’s Media Literacy
Week now in its 10th year, NAMLE is leading the efforts to create a
media literacy week in the U.S. to showcase the work of amazing media
literacy educators and organizations nationwide. “Media literacy skills
are essential to living and learning in the 21st century,” explains
NAMLE Executive Director, Michelle Ciulla Lipkin. “It is so important to
grow the awareness for media literacy and how vital it is for learners
of all ages. I couldn’t be more excited for the amazing plans in the
works by partners and teachers all over the country during Media
Literacy Week.”

In an effort to raise national awareness of the escalating demand for
media literacy education at home and in schools, affiliated Media
Literacy Week partners are working with NAMLE to execute participatory
events such including #MediaLitWk classroom lessons, live webinars and
tweet chats, guest blogs, screenings, PSAs and more.

Organizations or educators wishing to participate or submit a guest blog
post on Media Literacy, please contact medialiteracyweek@namle.net.

About NAMLE

The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) is a
professional association for educators, academics, activists, and
students with a passion for understanding how the media we use and
create affect our lives and the lives of others in our communities and
in the world. The NAMLE vision is to help individuals of all ages
develop the habits of inquiry and skills of expression that they need to
be critical thinkers, effective communicators and active citizens in
today’s world. For more information, visit namle.net.

About Trend Micro (Sponsor)

Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in security software, strives
to make the world safe for exchanging digital information. Built on 25
years of experience, our solutions for consumers, businesses and
governments provide layered data security to protect information on
mobile devices, endpoints, gateways, servers and the cloud. Trend Micro
enables the smart protection of information, with innovative security
technology that is simple to deploy and manage, and fits an evolving
ecosystem. All of our solutions are powered by cloud-based global threat
intelligence, the Trend Micro™ Smart Protection Network™ infrastructure,
and are supported by more than 1,200 threat experts around the globe.
For more information, visit TrendMicro.com.

Trend Micro’s Commitment to the Internet Safety of Kids and Families

Trend Micro has made a commitment to make the Internet a great place for
young people around the world through its world-wide employee volunteer
program, grants and donations to eligible organizations, and
partnerships with those who share its vision and mission. For more
information go to http://internetsafety.trendmicro.com/.

Contacts

Trend Micro
Cynthia Lieberman, 415-904-7070
clieberman@cyberwise.org