Internet Safety & Digital Literacy For School Grades 8-12 High

Internet/Social Media Safety and Digital Literacy Education 101 For Tweens, Teens and Young Adults

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Internet Safety For High School Grade 8-12

Internet Safety and Digital Literacy Education 101 For Teens and Young Adults

Helping Students To Proactively Understand The Enabling Power Of Digital Technology and Mobile Communications, But Also How To Mitigate The Sometimes UnIntended Consequences Of High Risk/Undesirable Online Behaviour 

 

It has been estimated that there are approximately 3 billion people online, a large segment of which are children, tweens, teens, and young adults. In fact, mobile communications have now outnumbered both desktop and laptop computers as the number one way that our kids are connecting online.  As the Internet continues to grow in popularity, we are depending upon it at an increasing rate to conduct everyday life, which also includes the sharing of private and at times very sensitive information about ourselves with others on-line knowingly, and at times unknowingly. Many who are now online use the Internet for communication, education, entertainment, research, socializing, business and commerce. There is no doubt that the Internet and Social Media have facilitated important positive connections and amazing accomplishments amongst our youth. In fact, teens are the primary producers of web content and want to share their ideas, thoughts, and pictures with others online.  It is a reality, however, that the Internet (just like the real world) has also created an online virtual environment where thieves, vandals, con-artists, and in rare cases sexual predators, will hunt their prey. Unfortunately, many tweens, teens and young adults who are using the Internet and Social Media, are not always taking the appropriate safety precautions to help mitigate the risks from those who might want to victimize others online for personal gain. Our pro-active multiple award-winning Social Media/Internet Safety and Digital Literacy 101 presentation for schools, will provide the needed information that will help to keep students safer, increase their privacy and protect their online digital footprint. We cover 10 foundational categories specific to the topic of online safety and digital literacy,  which is compliant with "BC’s Digital Literacy Framework”  for schools, which includes:

 

#1:   Safety, Security, and Privacy

#2:   Ethics, Empathy, and Judgement

#3:   Consumer and User Awareness

#4:   Emotional, Psychological and Physical Health

#5:   Information Search and Verification

#6:   Etiquette, Community Engagement, and Relationships

#7:   Copyright

#8:   Reputation Management

#9:   Cyberbullying, Digital Peer Aggression, and Sexting

#10: Laws, Rights, and Responsibilities

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Topics Covered

 

Where to turn for help both online & offline regarding cyberbullying or sexting gone wrong and depression

Why schools have a part to play

The law as it relates to cyberbullying and sexting and their unintended consequences

sexting, nudes, and intimate image

What is cyberbullying or digital peer aggression and what can be done to control it

Actual social engineering examples using social media

How the internet predator uses "social engineering" to build rapport

The predator's "grooming" process and the "lures" they use online

Online sexual predation, a "rarity" but still a "reality" students need to be aware of

Why students need to consider that everything they do online is public, permanent, and searchable no matter what their privacy settings

The good and bad of mobile apps

How to secure your social networks

Real-life case examples of internet/social media/technology desirable and less desirable behaviour

Using live streaming apps and things to consider when broadcasting

Geosocial networking apps and privacy concerns

The good and bad of Social Networks such as "Facebook", "Twitter", "Instagram", "Tumblr" ,"Instagram", "Snapchat", and “Tiktok"

Emotional, psychological and physical challenges surrounding problematic consumption of pornography, gaming and gambling

Things students can do immediately to protect their digital dossier & online reputation

Why future employers, colleges and universities are checking students digital dossier

What is your "digital dossier" and how students are placing their reputation and privacy at risk when online

Smartphone and camera safety

Plagerism and copyright law specific to downloading online

Online media literacy and critical thinking

Online ethics and values

Emerging online trends

Internet and social media stats and fact

What is the Internet and Social Networking

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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 and 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. This presentation is designed to provide students with proactive reflective online critical thinking and decision making strategies, that youth can immediately put to good use.  Knowledge and the understanding and application of that knowledge is power. Our presentation provides the knowledge, information, and empowerment, based on academically peer-reviewed research, case studies that tweens, teens, and young adults need to know. In addition, we bring our first-hand experiences in helping students, parents, and educators with some of the challenges students we have helped faced. The goal of our program; to educate students on how to be safer, more digitally literate, savvy, and resilient while participating in the online world. To date, over 450 schools and hundreds of thousands of students (and growing) in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Oregon State, and Washington State have heard our very unique and empowering message. Bring The White Hatter in to present and experience why students, teachers, principals, parents and law enforcement internationally have all agreed, that our program is one of the best they have heard on the topics of Internet/Social Media Safety and digital citizenship for this age group.

 

We love the fact that we are disrupting how social media safety and digital literacy has traditionally been presented in schools, which has garnered us some critics. 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 international acclaim and 5 awards. We love what we do, and how we do it!

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Why our school program is so different from those being offered by other companies and organizations 

 

Industry leaders

We are recognized industry leaders and experts in the fields of internet and social media safety and digital literacy training. Students, teachers, principals, parents, counsellors, business professionals, and law enforcement throughout North America have all agreed that our presentation was the “best" and most "in-depth" they have experienced on the topic. Our presentations stand out as a “must-have" program for elementary and high school students, thus why our programs have been heard by more Students and have won more awards, than any other programs in Canada over the past three years. Click here for actual feedback and testimonials on our programs.

Digital Citizenship

Our program is not just about internet safety, it’s also about digital citizenship and literacy, online ethics, online critical thinking, and the challenges surrounding privacy, cyberbullying, and what students can do now to protect their digital footprint. The goal of our internet and social media safety program is not to instil fear or negate opportunities, rather the goal of our program is to enlighten, empower, and enable students to make informed online choices. We show students how to build a positive online reputation.

Awards

Our work in the area of internet and social media safety has been recognized by various awards.

  • 2013 Social Media Derek K Miller Award (most inspiring social media user), for our unique work in the area of internet and social media safety both in Canada and the United States. Voted by a very respected panel of independent North American social media experts

  • In 2014, The Governor General of Canada appointed Darren a Member of the Canadian Order of Merit for is works with students

  • 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 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.

Law Enforcement Experience

While others in our industry seek out police endorsements or advertise that they have or do work with law enforcement, we are comprised of current or past law enforcement professionals, and bring this experience and pedigree to all of our programs.

Academic Rigour

Our programs are designed not only from extensive experience but also academic support. Members of The White Hatter Team come from a verity of backgrounds in formal post-secondary education and bring a breadth of knowledge with how technology impacts the world from each individual and society.

We Stay Current

We stay current on everything we do, and we have documented evidence that our presentation positively changes Internet behaviour. We are also very proud of the fact that our presentation has intervened in the lives of students, who were contemplating suicide or self-harm as an option because they were in crisis or being targeted by cyberbullying or sexting went wrong issues. These students heard our empathetic message, reached out to us for help, and in each and every case (often working with their school) we were able to get them the help that they needed. No other program offers this unique online outreach for students.

Speak With Students

When we present, we speak “with” the students and not “at” the students. Our program is not just a presentation, but also an educational experience that involves all modalities of learning. Our dynamic teaching style and professional background, combined with extensive use of multimedia in the presentation provides a personal connection with students at an emotional, psychological and even a physical level. We present our information in ways that are direct, open, honest, and empathetic. Our real-world delivery of information is what makes our presentation so very different from all the other programs, and thus why it is so well received by our presentation participants. As one lower mainland grade, 12 students stated:

 

"I have seen the other Internet safety presentations from other presenters here at our school, but yours ROCKED!!!!!  Unlike the other presenters, you treated us like teens and young adults which we all appreciated. You also get it and don't pull any punches, you spoke the truth and that is also something that we appreciated. Thank you so much for coming to our school !!!!"

Bring Our Own Equipment

We bring all our own equipment (laptop, projector, microphone, and auditorium sound system); all you need to provide is a table, screen, electrical cord, and power source.

Free Resources

We provide free access to our internet and social media safety online resources for students, teachers, parents, and business professionals.

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LOVE THE EFFORTS OF DARREN LAUR IN SCHOOLS; HIS APPROACH IS RIGHT IN LINE WITH MINE ON HOW BEST TO REACH STUDENTS 

Dr. Sameer Hinduja

Cyberbullying Research Center

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(LAUR) IS A DYNAMIC PRESENTER WHO EMPOWERS STUDENTS AND PARENTS TO ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF THE INTERNET WHILE ALSO TAKING PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT PRIVACY, PERSONAL SAFETY AND MENTAL HEALTH.

Kathy Weymiller

Director of Community Outreach for Peninsula School District

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2 hours, and yes we can hold the attention of Jr and Sr high school students for this length of time.  Don't believe us? check out the testimonials from students, teachers, and principals here or connect with us directly, and we will provide you with references that back up our claim.

Seminar Cost:

Greater Victoria: $550.00 plus GST

Outside Greater Victoria: Please CONTACT US for a quote

Class Size:

Unlimited.  We have presented to audiences of 20 to 1600 students in size.

Guarantee:

We are so confident that our program will meet and exceed expectations, we now offer a 100% money back guarantee on the seminar cost of our Internet Safety for schools program. If a school believes that our presentation did not provide their tweens, teens and young adults with important information to stay safer and become more digitally literate, savvy and resilient when online, we will refund the cost of the seminar, minus any travel expenses. We are the first and only Internet and Social Media safety company in Canada to offer this money back guarantee!

We Are Community Minded:

Every year a portion of our profits are given back to the community to financially support two not-for-profit organizations who are dedicated to helping youth in need when it comes to bullying and suicide prevention; NEED2 and Bullying Ends Here. We are proud of the fact that "We are a for-profit company, striving to do well, by doing good things for others in our community.” 

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