Parents don’t need to be terrified of the internet!

This has long been the approach of Safe Online where we appraoch the Internet and Internet Safety from a place of possibility and positivity rather than negativity and scare tactics.  Heres a great article from the that delves a little deeper. Parents should try to encourage conversations about what sites and apps their children access and who they're connecting with. This dialogue is essential to keeping our kids safe online. We need a more balanced and less fear-based approach to internet safety, writes Dr. Rachel O'Connell. - Read the full article

September 23rd, 2014|Education, Media and News, News|

Facing Up To Facebook

All too often, stories about kids on Facebook tend toward the gloomy and the disapproving. And that's all well and good when, for example, we hear stories about a single 6th Grader being harassed by 57 classmates via the social network. So, that's 58 kids interacting on a platform they're not allowed to sign up for. Hmmmm.

October 5th, 2012|Education, Facebook, Media and News|

Protecting… Teachers?

Well, here's an interesting new angle to the whole topic of cyberbullying and online harassment. The state of North Carolina has passed a law, the School Violence Protection Law of 2012, that criminalizes the online "intimidation" or "torment" of teachers.

October 2nd, 2012|Education, General|

Both Sides of the Screen

This is a horse I don't think we've flogged enough yet, despite last week's post on the topic. It's very interesting how polarized people seem to be on this. Is digital learning inherently good or inherently evil?

September 17th, 2012|Education, General, Media and News|

November 5-9, 2012 Media Literacy Week – “privacy matters”

Media Literacy Week is an annual event that takes place every November. Co-lead by MediaSmarts and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, the week puts a spotlight on the importance of digital and media literacy as a key component in the education of children and young people. SOLOS is proud to be a MediaSmarts collaborator.

September 10th, 2012|Education, Events, General, Media and News|

Media Literacy Week Nov 5-9 2012

Media Literacy Week is an annual event that takes place every November. Co-lead by MediaSmarts and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, the week puts a spotlight on the importance of digital and media literacy as a key component in the education of children and young people. The theme for Media Literacy Week 2012, Privacy Matters, shines a spotlight on the privacy knowledge and skills that youth need for their online activities. Here at SOLOS we are working hard to positively educate children, youth and adults about online safety, and privacy matters are a key focus of our presentations.  Please take a moment to look at our presentations and workshops at our website We look forward to working with you this fall!

August 23rd, 2012|Education, Events, General|

Young people need guidance to cope with the threats posed by social media | Society | The Guardian

Thanks to Nancy B. for sending me this article today about youth, education and social medias. It's interesting to see that despite the different abbreviations we use for our work, the same issues are emerging for youth, educators and youth workers around online technologies on an international level. These challenges to our professional practices need to be talked about hopefully with colleagues, and tech-savvy leaders in our respective professions need to offer mentorship and optimistic solutions alongside acknowledgements of risk and concerns. via Young people need guidance to cope with the threats posed by social media | Society | The Guardian.

August 8th, 2012|Education, Media and News, Online Safety|

New Public Service Announcement by the Society for Children and Youth of BC

The Society for Children and Youth in BC has launched a new public awareness campaign to promote child and youth rights in everyday life in BC. This PSA was written and recorded by BC youth who experienced discrimination first hand. Listen for it on radio stations throughout the province.  Youth and non-discrimination "One of the more negative effects of prejudice and discrimination that children and youth face as a daily part of their lives is the power of stereotypes. Stereotypes are in simple terms, an over-generalization, a “snap shot” perspective frozen in time and place that superimposes a perception of someone solely based on their group membership or outwardly attributes. Stereotypes denies our individual character and uniqueness. It ties us to a perception that prejudges us before we can make our true selves known to others." (SCYBC) Please take the time to listen to this new PSA in support of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and show your support for the SCYBC.

August 3rd, 2012|Announcements, Education, Facebook, General, Media and News, News|

Education in the 21st Century

Guest blog post by Sofia Rasmussen As computer technology becomes more advanced and complex, consumer computers used by families have become increasingly user-friendly. It no longer takesan online doctorate to understand the ins and outs of web browsing. A child can also now easily use high power computers with ease. Thankfully, tools for parents to keep their families safe online are also becoming more convenient and plentiful, with recent advances on both both Windows 7 and Mac OS X. Here are some options recent PC and Mac operating systems have incorporated in order to make online activity a stress free experience in the home. Safety on Windows 7 Windows has attempted to simplify online security capabilities by lumping them all together under a banner they call Family Safety. Windows then breaks down the different areas of Family Safety into The Family Safety Filter, The Family Safety Website, and Windows Parental Controls. The Family Safety Filter: This software monitors a child's activity using safety settings selected by the parent. Before setting up the Family Safety Filter, check to see if it is already installed on your PC. If you run Windows 7, there is a good chance that it is. If it is installed, it will be in the list that appears after hitting the Start button. To set it up, click the Start button, click All Programs, click Windows Live, and then click Windows Live Family Safety. If The Family Safety Filter is not installed, you must download it from the Windows Live Family Safety download page. This can be done by simply visiting the page online, and clicking Download. From there, on-screen instructions should guide you through the process. In order to set up the Family Safety [...]

July 15th, 2012|Education, General|

A Generation of Eye-Rollers.

In the previous post, I alluded to the stereotype of the Millennial Generation's alleged sense of entitlement and lack of motivation, the impression given by previous generations that they are immersed in their digital devices, barely raising their heads from their latest text to say a distracted and irritable "hi" in the real world. A "generation of eye-rollers" and social networking time wasters. So how true is this? And instead of listening to the low level hum of frustrated parents, let's turn to a better representative of the generation itself, 14-year-old educator and speaker Adora Svitak. since I can already sense hackles raising (14 years old!?), I should point out that she has already written three books in her short life (Flying Fingers, Dancing Fingers and Yang in Disguise) was one of TED's youngest speakers and has reached out to over 400 school classrooms via video conferencing. At age 7, she wrote a quarter of a million words in that one year. She has serious credentials, in other words, and if you want to see her in action, check out her YouTube channel. Her arguments centre on a common sense question: why do we have to choose between "distracted" or "engaged"? Surely kids are both, in a world they have to jump in and out of adeptly. To move from a state of almost permanent digital communication into a world of textbooks and blackboards. This takes no small measure of dexterity and adaptability. Relevant to this, I want to quote at some length from BetterCloud (a provider of Google Apps extensions) CEO David Politis: A few weeks ago, a school administrator shared a story about how he tried to block Google’s chat feature, but his [...]

May 27th, 2012|Education, Facebook, General, Media and News|