Education is the first step in keeping our kids safer in this technology-driven world. Technology is only a tool, we can determine its function & value because it's a conscious choice to do so. Research has shown, however, that without good digital literacy education it becomes more challenging for students to make the right online choices. It is not uncommon that students know more about the workings of the Internet and Social Networking than most educators do. This presentation is designed to educate even the most computer illiterate teacher or counsellor. Knowledge and the understanding and application of that knowledge is power. Our presentation will provide the knowledge, information and empowerment, based upon academically peer-reviewed research, case studies and relevant real-world examples that educators and counsellors need to know specific to what their students are doing online. The goal of our program: to educate school staff on how to pro-actively discuss on-line "critical thinking”, decision-making skills and online ethics with their class. We show teachers how to help a student build a positive online reputation. We also spend a significant portion of this presentation, discussing developing Canadian Case Law, and how it relates to an educator’s criminal, civil and professional/personal liability, specific to the use of Social Media both in and out of the classroom. This would be an excellent program for a Pro-D training day. To date, over 400 schools and hundreds of thousands of students (and growing) in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Washington State have heard our very unique and empowering message in the past 36 months. Bring us in to present, and see why teachers, principals, parents and law enforcement internationally have all agreed that our program is one of the best they have heard on the topic of Internet and Social Media Safety.
We love the fact that we are "disrupting" how Social Media Safety and Digital Literacy has traditionally been presented to educators, which has garnered us some critics, especially from those who see us as their competition. Our approach to sharing our information on this topic is “different”, and very “current", when compared to others in our industry, something that we are very proud of and why our programs have received 4 national awards. We love what we do, and how we do it !!!
Our work in the area of Internet/Social Media Safety was recognized with the prestigious 2013 Social Media Derek K Miller Award (most inspiring social media user), for our unique work in the area of Internet/Social Media Safety both here in Canada and the United States. We are the only Company in Canada, to be recognized by a very respected panel of independent North American Social Media Experts for our work in this area. In 2014, The Governor General of Canada appointed Darren a Member of the Canadian Order of Merit. Awarded to Darren for his exceptional merit and contributions in his policing career, community service, and his unique work with youth in both online and offline safety. In 2015 Darren and Beth were also awarded the very prestigious British Columbia Community Achievement Award, for their commitment to providing critical information to students in the area of Internet and Social Media safety and digital literacy. In October 2015 Darren also received the 2015 Telus Outstanding Canadian Police Officer/Program Award; a National award that recognizes individuals, programs or organizations that have made a significant impact towards keeping Canadians safer online. In February 2017 The BC Government & Radius SFU awarded Brandon, with the 2017 BC Social Innovations Youth Award for his work and advocacy with youth, tweens, teens and adults in the areas of social media safety and digital literacy
See what other educators have said about this program HERE