Internet Safety and Digital Literacy for Teens Ages 15+ (Grades 8-12)
Many teens 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, exist. Unfortunately, many teens and young adults who are online, 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 Internet Safety/Social Media 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 school curriculum such as the"BC’s Digital Literacy Framework” for schools, which includes:
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.
This virtual live training provides the knowledge, information, and empowerment, based on academically peer-reviewed research, case studies, and our investigative experience that 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 online challenges they have 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 700 schools and hundreds of thousands of students (and growing) in the provinces of British Columbia, the Yukon, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Oregon State, and Washington State have heard our very unique and empowering message.