Internet Safety For Educators I

“The White Hatter"

What Are Students & Teachers Doing On-line

A Pro-D Presentation to Help Educators and Administrators Pro-Actively Understand The Enabling Power Of Digital Technology and Mobile Communications, But Also How They Can Help Manage A Student's, and Their Own, On-Line Digital Dossier 

It has 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, 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.  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 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, 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. Our Social Media 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, civial and internal liability challenges that comes with online use, and learn effective ways to 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 student trends

What are students doing on-line

On-Line Media Literacy, Ethics and Critical Thinking

Educator on-line risk management

How to ensure you are Freedom Of Information And Privacy Act compliant before storing or sharing class projects on-line

The threat of Internet pornography

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

The use of “Decoy Apps” to hide online activity from teachers

Why are students making undesirable decisions on-line

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

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" , "Vine" and “"

The increasing popularity of Geo-Social Apps like “YikYak”, “Whisper”, “Parlor” and “Jott

How teens are using broadcasting Apps such as “Periscope” and “Meerkat

How students are using Bluetooth to create school chat networks

Real-life case examples of Internet/Social Media/technology misuse

Current criminal/civil case law specific to educator use/misuse of tech

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 on-line

Why future employeers, 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

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 & 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 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, case studies and relvant real world examples that educators and counsellors need to know specific to what their students are doing on-line. The goal of our program:  to educate school staff on how to pro-actively discuss on-line "critical thinking”, decision making skills and on-line ethics with their class. We show teachers how to help a student build a positive on-line reputation. We also spend a significant portion of this presentation, discussing developing Canadian Case Law, and how it relates to an educator’s criminal, civil and professional/personal liability, specific to the use of Social Media both in and out of the classroom.  This would be an excellent program for a Pro-D training day. To date, over 300 schools and 240,000 students (and growing) in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan  and Washington State have heard our very unique and empowering message in the past 36 months. Bring us in to present, and see why teachers, principals, parents and law enforcement internationally have all agreed that our program is one of the best they have heard on the topic of Internet and Social Media Safety. 

Darren Speaking To CTV On An Internet Safety and Security Issue

Darren has dedicated his life to public safety and is both a provincial and  nationally decorated law enforcement professional. Darren is a serving Staff Sergeant with over 29 years of policing experience, as well as a Certified Advanced Open Source Intelligence / Social Media Investigator, and he has a strong interest/background in on-line and social media investigations, safety, security and privacy. 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 pat 12 years and 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 years of "learned" perspective that we can to this issue, given our unique educational and professional background.  Find our Bio here.  If you are a school, or school district, looking for a "Professional Development" program on Internet and Social Media Safety specifically designed for educators, we are that program, and we will travel anywhere in Canada or the United States to present.

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 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 area 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.


Community Minded

Every year, a portion of our profits are given back to the community to financially support three not-for-profit organizations in British Columbia, who are dedicated to helping youth in need when it comes to bullying and suicide prevention; NEED2Bullying Ends Here, and Stop A Bully.  We are proud of the fact that  "We are a for profit company, striving to do well, by doing good for others in our community." 



Our Program Was Recognized By The BC Information & Privacy Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham,  In 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." 

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Seminar Length

2 hours

Seminar Cost:

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

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 educators program. If a school believes that our presentation did not provided their educators with important information to keep both them, and their students, stay 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 our Internet Safety For Educators II program with this program and save $150.00

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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

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