New research paints a clear picture

New research is showing us the level of saturation of media use by children and youth is up dramatically. Common Sense Media released a study this year, called “Social Media, Social Life, Teens Reveal Their Exeriences, 2018” . In it, teens report an increase in social media use (34% in 2012 vs. 70% in 2018) and smartphone use (41% in 2012 vs. 89% in 2018).  and which apps their using (Facebook is out and SnapChat and Instagram are in). These [...]

2018-10-01T16:30:57-08:00September 21st, 2018|News, Online Safety|

Schools Ban Social Media and Netflix – Will It Work?

How is your school handling student use of social media and streaming services? Some schools in B.C. have banned specific apps (see Maple Ridge School District article). They have banned  Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and Netflix. On the other side of Canada, the Toronto School District, has also been struggling with the issue of how to deal with students and social media. Last spring, they estimated that between 20-30% of their educational bandwidth was being used up by students on social [...]

2017-09-14T10:23:11-08:00September 14th, 2017|Online Safety|

SafeOnline Summer Activities 2017

Have a Great SafeOnline Summer! Summer is here and before your students head out the door, I'm sending you a link to a list of safe, educational and pro-social websites I recommend for students to explore over the summer. Please feel free to distribute it to your Parent Advisory Council, parent mailing list or other education contacts. Thanks to all of you who have invited me into your schools over this past year. I do appreciate the trust [...]

2017-06-27T16:41:29-08:00June 27th, 2017|General, Online Safety|

Establish Family Online Rules

Rule Suggestions for Parents Every parents wants to, and ultimately does, have control over their children’s level of online access. Like the other incremental responsibilities and freedoms we provide our children as they grow up, online education ideally starts early. Starting with complete physical restrictions of media use for children ages 0-2, and evolving into co-engagement, supervision and varying levels of constraints for children ages 3-16. At a basic level, for very young children or those children experiencing difficulties resisting [...]

2017-06-27T16:40:04-08:00June 14th, 2017|Online Safety|

Overuse of Technology by Children & Youth

Current levels of technology use by children, youth and their parents, are costing children and youth their developmental milestones. Children are now showing signs of language delays, limited vocabulary and lack of ability to understand nuanced communications such as body language and established social cues. Read the scientific evidence: Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked by Adam Atler. I believe it's very telling that there exists exclusive tech-free private schools in the Silicon Valley in [...]

2017-06-27T16:46:23-08:00May 31st, 2017|Online Safety|

Teens and Child Pornography: Sensible Solutions Needed

By its very nature, adolescent development includes elements of peer negotiation, identity construction, and sexual experimentation (including gender roles and exhibitionism). It’s the learning process required by young people to function as members of our culture. In other words, they have to figure out who they want to hang out with, how they want to act and think of themselves as social and sexual persons, and they have to try out boyfriend/girlfriend relationships.

2016-10-24T11:45:45-08:00January 9th, 2015|Online Safety|

TELUS Wise Program Launch

Last Friday, TELUS launched an ambitious education initiative aimed at parents and students. I was happy to attend and meet with the movers and shakers behind this great project and applaud their support for internet safety education.   Strathcona Elementary School accepts donations from TELUS I also wrote a blog post about this initiative and the anniversary of Amanda Todd's death here.

2016-10-24T11:45:54-08:00October 10th, 2013|Events, General, Online Safety|

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 [...]

2017-03-15T19:47:18-08:00August 8th, 2012|Education, Media and News, Online Safety|