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Internet/Social Media Safety and Digital
Literacy Education 101 For Parents
Helping Parents To Pro-Actively Understand The Enabling Power Of Digital Technology and Mobile Communications, But Also Sharing Ways To Help Mitigate A Son or Daughter From Engaging In High Risk/Un-Desirable Online Behaviour
It has been estimated that there are approximately 3 billion people on-line, a large segment of which are children, pre-teens, teens, and young adults. In fact, mobile communications has now outnumbered both desktop and laptop computers as the number one way that our kids are connecting on-line. 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 on-line use the Internet for communication, entertainment, education, research, business, socializing, 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 on-line. It is a reality however, that the Internet (just like the real world) has also created an on-line virtual environment where thieves, vandals, conartists, and in rare cases sexual predators, will hunt their prey. Unfortunately, many of us who are using Social Media and the Internet are not always taking the appropriate safety precautions to help mitigate the risks from those who might want to victimize our families on-line for personal gain. Our award winning Social Media/Internet Safety and Digital Literacy 101 presentation, will provide important information that parents need to know to help to keep their children safer, increase their privacy and protect their on-line digital footprint. Topics discussed in this presentation include:
What is the Internet and Social Networking
Internet stats and fact
Emerging on-line teen trends
What are our kids doing on-line
On-line media literacy and critical thinking
Plagerism and Copyright Law specific to downloading on-line
Parental risk management
Why parents need to be good role models
The threat of Internet pornography
When to be concerned when your child is on-line
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 filtering the pros and cons
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
"Mobile" the new frontier for Internet access and Social Networking
The good and bad of Social Networks such as "Facebook", "Twitter", "Tumblr", "Instagram", "Snapchat" , "Vine" and Ask.fm”
The increasing popularity of Geo-Social Apps like “YikYak”, “Whisper”, “Parlor” and “Jott”
How teens are using broadcasting Apps such as “Periscope” and “Facebook Live"
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 employeers, colleges and universities are checking your child's digital dossier
Things parents can do immediately to protect their child's digital dossier & online branding
Why your child needs to consider that everything they do on-line is public, permanent and searchable no matter what their privacy settings
The dangers of Screen Names and Profiles
Internet/Social Media sexual predation, a "rarity" but still a "reality" students need to be aware of
The Predator's "grooming" process and the"lures" they use in Chat Rooms and Social Networks
How the Internet predator uses "Social Engineering" to build rapport with your child
Actual Social Engineering examples using local teen profiles on Facebook and Nexopia
What is Cyber Bullying/Digital Peer Aggression and what can be done to control it
What is Sexting and what be done to control it
The law as it relates to Cyber Bullying and Sexting and their unintended consequences
The benefits of community based Restorative Justice programs when it comes to effetively dealing with "some" forms of cyber bullying and sexting
Why Schools have a part to play but are not "the" only player in the protection process
Education is the first step in keeping our kids safer in this technology-driven world, and we believe parents play a very important role in this educational process. 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 on-line choices. It is not uncommon that our children know more about the workings of the Internet and Social Networking than we as parents do. This presentation is designed to educate even the most computer illiterate parent. 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 relvant real world examples that parents need to know about the Internet and Social Networking. The goal of our program; to educate parents on how to help keep their children safer and become more digitally literate, savvy and resilient while on-line. To date, thousands of parents (and growing) in British Columbia have heard our very unique and very empowering "pro-active" message. Bring us in to present, and see why teachers, principals, parents and law enforcement have all agreed that our program is one of the best they have heard on the topic of Internet and Social Media Safety.
Shaw TV Segment On Our Internet And Social Media Safety Program
We love the fact that we are "disrupting" how Social Media Safety and Digital Literacy has traditionally been presented to parents, 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 !!!!
The "Top 10" reasons why our parent program is so different from those being offered by other companies and organizations
#1) Darren has dedicated his life to public safety, and is both a provincial and nationally decorated law enforcement professional, who recently retired from the Victoria Police Department as a highly respected Staff Sergeant with over 29yrs of policing experience. Darren has a strong interest/background in on-line and social media investigations, and is a Certified Advanced Open Source Intelligence / Social Media Investigator,. Darren has a strong interest/background in on-line and social media investigations. Darren is an internationally court recognized personal safety expert, published award winning author and a highly sought after public/keynote speaker who specializes in the area of Personal Safety both on-line and off-line. Darren is deeply immersed in social media, both on and off the job, has been teaching digital safety for the past 12 years and has written hundreds of articles and a book on Internet and Social Media safety and security. No other company or program can bring the passion, on-line credentials, "real world” police investigative experience and the years of "learned" perspective that we can to this topic, given our unique educational and professional background. Find our Bio here.
"(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
#2) While others in our industry seek out police endorsements, or advertise that they have or do work with law enforcement, "WE ARE" current or past law enforcement professionals, and bring this experience and pedigree to all of our programs. There is a difference !!!
#3) We are recognized industry leaders/experts in the fields of Internet and Social Media Safety and digital literacy training. Students, teachers, principals, parents, counsellors and law enforcement throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and the United States have all agreed that our presentation was the “best" and most "in-depth" they have heard on the topic of Internet and Social Media safety. Our Internet and Social Media safety presentation stands out as "the must have" program for Jr and Sr high school students in our province, thus why our program has now been heard by more Secondary Schools, and has won more awards, than any other program in British Columbia over the past two years. Click here for actual feedback and testimonials on our program.
#4) 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 recently 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 areas of Interent 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
#5) We demonstrate to parents how the on-line predator covertly "Socially Engineer" their kids for criminal or sexual predation reasons , no other program does this to the depth that we do. Not only do we use "open source" Internet platforms to "screen scrape" information, we also show parents how we covertly connect with their kids directly, via their social networks, and "creep" (socially engineer) them into believing that we are a peer, which ultimately results in us being invited in as a "friend", thus effectively demonstrating why a youth need to be careful about "friending".
#6) Our program is not just about Social Media and Internet safety, it’s also about digital citizenship/literacy, on-line ethics, on-line critical thinking and the challenges surrounding privacy (our digital dossier), cyber-bullying, sexting and what students and parents can do now to protect their digital footprint (branding), so that their current on-line activities do not have a negative outcome on future college, university or job opportunities. 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 parents to help their child make informed online choices. We show students and parents how to build a positive on-line reputation.
#7) We stay current in everything we do, and we have documented evidence that our presentation positively changes Internet behavior. We are also very proud of the fact that our Internet presentation has saved the lives of students in our province, who were contemplating suicide/self harm as an option, because they were being targeted for cyber-bullying or sexting gone 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 on-line outreach for students and parents.
#8) At the conclusion of the presentation, Darren also offers his time and services for free to those students, parents and teachers who contact him directly wanting to have their Social Network security settings checked. If Darren identifies a problem, he provides one-on-one online coaching to make things more secure. Tens of thousands of students and hundreds of parents and teachers have taken Darren up on this offer. No other company provides this free service to schools and their students. Given Darren's background, we have become an on-line resource for students, teachers and even parents who want or need to connect with us on issues or challenges specific to their on-line and even off-line activities, and this is something that we are very proud of. Plain and simple students, teachers, parents and law enforcement interntionally "trust" Darren and the information that he provides.
#9) When we present, we speak “with” the parents and not “at” the parents. Our program is not just a presentation, but also an educational experience that involves all modalities of learning. Darren's dynamic teaching style and professional background, combined with his extensive use of digital multi-media in the presentation, allows him to connect with parents at an emotional, psychological and even a physical level. We present our information in a way that is 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 parents, students and school staff. 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 !!!!"
#10) We bring all our own equipment (lap top, projector, mic and auditorium sound system); all you need to provide is a table, screen and power chord/source. We also provide schools with "free" access to our Internet and Social Media safety on-line resource page for students, teachers and parents. We will travel anywhere in Canada or the United States to provide this very unique and empowering Internet and Social Media safety presentation.
Picture: Alina Konevski / Abbotsford News
Our Program Was Recognized By The BC Information & Privacy Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, In A Keynote Address
" I read a wonderful story in the Victoria Times Colonist newspaper last month about a Victoria Police Staff Sergeant named Darren Laur who poses as a teen on Facebook in order to educate students about privacy and security. Laur, who is 46, maintained a fake profile for over a year on Facebook using purchased pictures and information gleaned from the Facebook accounts of real teens. When he made a presentation at Cedar Community Secondary in Nanaimo last month, he had already friended 30 students at that school who had no idea that their "friend" as actually him. He had done such a convincing job with the profile that one of the real teens even asked the fake teen out on a date. When Laur revealed during the presentation that he was their friend, students were shocked and pledged to pay more attention to their privacy online."
Here's What Students, Teachers, Parents, Counsellors and Law Enforcement Are Saying about Our Internet Safety Program
Here's What The Media Are Saying About Our Internet Safety Programs
At the conclusion of the presentation, parents also have the option for sticking around for a further 15 minute Q & A session based upon the information provided in our presentation.
Greater Victoria: $550.00 plus GST
Outside Greater Victoria: Please call for a quote
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 parents program. If a school or PAC believes that our presentation did not provided parents with important information to help them keep their children safer and become more digitally literate, savvy and resilient while 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 !!!
**SPECIAL**: Bundle an Internet Safety Jr/Sr High School presentation with a parents Internet presentation and receive a discount !!!
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.”