Internet Safety Parents

Internet/Social Media Safety and Digital Literacy Education 101 For Parents

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Internet Safety Parents

Internet Safety and Digital Literacy Education 101 For Parents

 

Helping Parents 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, conartists, 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/User Awareness and Self Image Identity

#4:   Emotional, Psychological and Physical Health

#5:   Information Search and Verification

#6:   Etiquette, Community Engagement, and Relationships

#7:   Content Collection, Remixing, and Publishing

#8:   Reputation

#9:   Digital Peer Aggression and Sexting

#10: Laws, Rights and Responsibilities

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Topics Covered

 

Plagerism and Copyright Law specific to downloading online

Parental risk management

Why parents need to be good role models

The threat of Internet pornography

When to be concerned when your child is online

How technology use has changed teen socializing, dating, schoolwork and sleep cycles (“Vamping”)

The four step process to Internet safety that all parents should know

Hardware/Software monitoring/protection issues

Internet Chat abbreviations and acronyms all parents should be aware of

What are Chat Rooms, Instant Messaging, and SMS/MMS texting and how to stay safe while using them

Emotional, psychological and physical challenges surrounding on-line addictions to pornography, gaming and gambling

Cell phone/ Smart Phone and Web Cam safety

The good and bad of Social Networks such as "Facebook", "Twitter", "Tumblr", "Instagram", "Snapchat" , and Ask.fm”

The increasing popularity of Geo-Social Apps

Real-life case examples of Internet/Social Media/technology mis-use and good-use

How to ensure your child's Social Network is secure

Decoy Apps kids are using to hide their interactions

What is your child's"digital dossier" and how they are placing their reputation and privacy at risk when on-line

Why future employers, colleges and universities are checking your child's digital dossier