CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF MEDIA EDUCATION ORGANIZATIONS

 

 


OFHSA Opposes Introduction of YNN in Ontario Schools

Toronto, March 1, 1999

The Ontario Federation of Home and School Associations - OFHSA - is alarmed by the recent attempt by Youth News Network (YNN) to introduce its programming into our schools.

In 1992, OFHSA members agreed with the Canadian Home and School Federation and many other partners in education (including the Minister of Education and Training) that they would not endorse or support YNN.

In exchange for thousands of dollars in "free" technology, schools agree to play the YNN daily news programs during class time to all students. The cost of the new technology is borne by advertisers who are given immediate access to students as part of the daily news show. Participating schools must sign five-year agreements with YNN to obtain the technology.

"Home and School members do not believe that students should be a captive audience to advertisers trying to sell their products, class time must not be used to sell jeans and soft drinks to teens," said Pat Johansen, President of OFSHA.

The Ontario Federation of Home and School Associations joins with Teaching Federations and Media Literacy groups across the country to urge all schools across the province to shut their doors to YNN.

For further information contact:

Pat Johansen
OFHSA
416-924-7491
416-924-5354 (Fax)

 


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