One of the biggest challenges parents face is keeping their children safe on line:
From Bullying, to Stranger Danger the digital world is a challenging environment
We have child and teen friendly programming that can help!
Our workshops are fun, and interactive.
Children leave our sessions knowing how to stay safe in cyber -space
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We cover the following in a child friendly format:
Being Solid in Cyber-space- ( the same standards, values as interacting with others face to face
ie. kindness, empathy, privacy, resisting peer-pressure, saying, “No” ect.)
· Sites- Ask your parents 1st
· The permanence of the internet- It is there forever- You can’t take it back.
· Don’t use rude words ·
Say only what you would say to a person’s (Do not hurt other’s feelings)
· Be clear in your subject and your message. Misunderstandings are easy to happen when you cannot see the other person and hear their tone of voice- Use emoticons to help clarify your message
· Don’t type in UPPERCASE letters. It might look like you are shouting
· Cool off before responding to messages in anger. Think , relax 1st.
· Tell an adult if someone or something upsets you. Close that site and/or do not respond.
Bullying on the internet:
· What to do- What not to do
· Never respond via that medium- Even, “ I don’t know why you are saying such mean things about me!” will be read as a reaction and feed the bullying.
· Never respond in-kind. Ie Character attacking them in retaliation will only make it worst
· Talk to them in person (face to face) if necessary with an adult ( ie teacher counsellor present)
· You can’t take it back. Once you say something mean it is there forever (The permanence of cyber-space)
· It is okay to tell. (Over 50% of children will not tell an adult about something they saw or heard on the internet that disturbed them, and will not tell an adult if they are being bullied - no matter how bad)
· Helping a friend- (Cyber bullying is even more invasive and relentless- You can help make it better)
How to keep your information safe and private
An acronym we often teach the kids is SMART
ie Be SMART in Cyber-space!!
S -Safety 1st – Don’t give out private information. Only talk to people you know. Asking parents 1st. Being on child friendly sites only. Not doing or saying anything that would attract strangers or bullies. (Where does your information and pictures go? Who can see what you say and see what pictures you have posted?)
M- Meet – Never agree to meet in person someone you met on the internet via chat or any other way.
A -Accepting - Don’t accept or open email messages from those you do not know or trust . You can block such messages.
R- Reliable - Don’t believe everything you read on the internet- Much of it is inaccurate or just opinion, and sometimes intentionally misleading. Trust your own feelings, they are usually right!
T- Tell If anything you see, hear, receive or are asked on line make you feel uncomfortable tell a trusted adult
We also talk about time spent on the internet, games, social media etc. and balancing that with other activities.