Internet/Social Media Safety Education and Digital Citizenship 101 For Educators
Helping Educators To Understand The Enabling Power Of Digital Technology And How They Can Help Manage A Student's High Risk Or Less Than Desirable On-Line Behaviour
By the start of year 2013, it was estimated that there were approximately 3 billion people on-line, a large segment of which were children, pre-teens, teens, and young adults. As the Internet continues to grow in popularity, we are depending upon it more and more 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, education, entertainment, information gathering, business, socializing, and commerce. There is no doubt that the Internet and Social Media have facilitated important positive connections and amazing accomplishments amongst students. 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 sexual predators will hunt their prey. Unfortunately, many educators 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 students on-line for personal gain. Our Social Media/Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship 101 presentation will provide information that will help to keep educators and students 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
What are students doing on-line
On-Line Media Literacy and Critical Thinking
Educator On-line Risk Management
The threat of Internet pornography
How technology use has changed teen socializing, dating, schoolwork and sleep patterns
Why are students making undesirable decisions on-line
When to be concerned when your student is on-line
The reality of students "Cyberbaiting" teachers
Internet Chat abbreviations and acronyms all teachers should be aware of
What are Chat Rooms, Instant Messaging, and SMS/MMS texting
"Mobile" the new frontier for students when it comes to Social Networking
The good and bad of Social Networks such as "Facebook", "Twitter", "Skype", "Tumblr", "Instagram", "Snapchat" and "Ask.fm"
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 on-line
Why future employeers, colleges and universities are checking a student's/teachers digital dossier
How educators can use Social Networks to their advantage
What is Cyber Bullying/Digital Peer Aggression and what can be done to stop it
What is Sexting and what be done to stop 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 and their legal responsibilities
Education is the first step in keeping our kids safer in this technology-driven world. It is not uncommon that students know more about the workings of the Internet and Social Networking than most educators do. This presentation is designed to educate even the most computer illiterate teacher or counsellor. 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, that educators and counsellors need to know specific to what their students are doing on-line, and how to pro-actively discuss on-line "critical thinking" and decision making skills and on-line ethics with their class. We show teachers how to help a student build a positive on-line reputation. This would be an excellent program for a Pro-D training day. Bring us in to present, and see why teachers, principals and law enforcement have all agreed that our program is the best they have heard on this specific topic area.
Darren Speaking To CTV On An Internet Safety and Security Issue
Darren is a serving law enforcement professional with over 27 years of experience, an internationally recognized safety expert, published award winning author and a highly sought after public 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, and has been teaching digital safety for the pat 12 years and has written hundreds of articles on Internet and Social Media safety and security. No other company or program can bring the passion, on-line credentials, "real world" experience and years of "learned" perspective that we can to this issue, given our unique educational and professional background. Find our Bio here.
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 recognized by a very respected pannel of independant North American Social Media Experts for our work in this area.
Our Program Was Recognized By The BC Information & Privacy Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, In A 2011 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
Greater Victoria $400.00 (rate includes all taxes). Outside Greater Victoria please call for a quote. We also provide "free" access to our Internet and Social Media safety on-line resource page to everyone who attends
Prices listed reflect programs delivered in the Greater Victoria area. For those who are interested in our programs outside of Greater Victoria, please contact us directly for a quote