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 Independant.ie 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 [...]

2016-10-24T11:45:47+00:00 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.

2016-10-24T11:46:21+00:00 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.

2012-10-02T18:19:49+00:00 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?

2016-10-24T11:46:32+00:00 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.

2016-10-24T11:46:40+00:00 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 [...]

2012-08-23T10:33:40+00:00 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 [...]

2017-03-15T19:47:18+00:00 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 [...]

2012-08-03T10:21:11+00:00 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 [...]

2016-10-24T11:47:09+00:00 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, [...]

2016-10-24T11:47:14+00:00 May 27th, 2012|Education, Facebook, General, Media and News|