Internet Safety and Digital Literacy For Educators
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 online knowingly, and at times unknowingly. Many who are now online use the internet for communication, education, entertainment, research, business, socializing, and commerce. There is no doubt that the internet and social media have facilitated important positive connections and amazing accomplishments amongst students and educators. It is a reality, however, that the internet (just like away from keyboard) has also created an online virtual environment where thieves, vandals, con artists, and in rare cases sexual predators, existing. Unfortunately, many educators who are using technology are not always taking the appropriate safety precautions to help mitigate the risks from those who might want to victimize our students, or even themselves, for online personal gain. It is also amazing to see how many educators are unaware that their online behaviour, outside of school hours, can lead to discipline and even termination. This internet safety and digital literacy 101 presentation for educators will provide the needed information that will help to keep teachers and students safer, increase their privacy, decrease educator criminal, civil and internal liability challenges that comes with online use, and learn effective ways to protect their online digital footprint. Topics discussed in this presentation, fall within many school curriculum compliant such as "BC’s Digital Literacy Framework” for schools
What is the Internet and Social Networking
Internet stats and fact
Emerging Online student trends
What are students doing online
Online Media Literacy, Ethics and Critical Thinking
Educator online risk management
How to ensure you are Freedom Of Information And Privacy Act compliant before storing or sharing class projects online
The threat of Internet pornography
How technology use has changed teen socializing, dating, schoolwork and sleep patterns (“Vamping”)
Why are students making undesirable decisions online
Plagarism, DIgital Cheating and Copyright Challenges In The Classroom
The reality of students "Cyberbaiting" teachers
Internet Chat abbreviations and acronyms all teachers should be aware of
"Mobile" the new frontier for students when it comes to Social Networking
The increasing popularity of Geo-Social Apps like, “Whisper”, “Parlor” and “Jott”
How teens are using broadcasting Apps such as “Periscope” and “Facebook Live”
How students are using Bluetooth to create school chat networks
Real-life case examples of Internet/Social Media/technology misuse by educators
Should teachers be "friending" students
The Good and Bad Of Mobile Apps
What is your "digital dossier" and how students and teachers are placing their reputation and privacy at risk when online
Why future employers, colleges and universities are checking a student's/teachers digital dossier or online branding
How educators can use Social Networks to their advantage
Why schools need to have clear policy on Social Media and tech device use on school property, & communicate same to staff, students & parents
About Our Programs
Our educational programs on internet safety and digital literacy utilize a holistic approach addressing the legal, emotional, physical, and technical components that keep everyone safe. We take pride in the fact that our presentations are real, memorable, and compellable to our audience.
With our over 25 years in business, 30 years of law enforcement experience, Investigative practice, and research background, we offer a completely comprehensive approach to our training programs and services.
Program Service Options
What Makes Our Programs Special
Live HD Broadcast
The White Hatter Broadcasting Studio is more than just a laptop webcam meeting. We use a professionally outfitted multi-media broadcasting studio with multiple (6) camera angles. Using best in industry webinar-based professional broadcasting software and hardware. We provide a safe, secure, and private online webinar experience, to provide high-definition video (1080p) and audio online learning environment. We also can seamlessly integrate with other virtual programs such as Zoom, Teams, Google Meet, Skype or any other web-based platform if requested.
HD Live Broadcasting is quickly becoming superior to in-person programming by reaching more participants than ever before. No need to travel, more affordable, and replayability on select programs. Anonymous interaction tools like Q&A generate better participant questions. Overall, broadcasting offers more engaging and captivating performances from all the video inputs, displays, and effects.
Live Broadcasting of this program includes a Q&A portion
The traditional delivery method of The White Hatter’s award-winning programs. We bring all our own equipment when able (laptop, projector, microphone, and auditorium sound system). All you need to provide is a table, screen, electrical cord, power source, and an audience. Our programs are highly engaging, captivating, energetic, and passionate performances that relate to audiences to successfully convey our message of digital literacy and internet safety.
The White Hatter Experience
What Makes Our Programs Special
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.
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 we can do now to protect their digital footprint. The goal of our programs is not to instill fear or negate opportunities, rather to enlighten, empower, and enable participants to make informed online choices.
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.
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 programs have intervened in the lives of many, especially in our grade school programs where 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.
Bring Our Own Equipment
For our In-person programs, 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.
Our programs are designed not only from extensive experience but also academic support. Members of The White Hatter Team come from a variety of backgrounds in formal post-secondary education and bring a breadth of knowledge with how technology impacts the world from each individual and society.