New Youth Presentations for the 2010/2011 School Year

I’m excited to let you all know that my first road trip of the season is coming up quickly. I will be in Salmon Arm for the 20th and 21st of September and if I’ll be travelling through your community on my way there and back, and your school, PAC or band office is interested a presentation on internet safety between September 16th and September 24th, just let us know.

We’ve reworked all our youth presentations this summer with topics and content most requested by you and your students. Updated descriptions will be on the website by Monday (Aug. 23) morning, but here is an early peek at what we’ll be offering.

We expect to have three presentations available for youth in various age groups this year:
(draft outline)

1) Your Online Life – managing your digital reputation: identity, images and relationships online — (grades 4-5, 6-7 & 8-10)
permanence of digital images, identity construction (who are you online and where?) social media, privacy settings, and self-representation, trends in social networking, sexting and the permanence and consequences of online content plus our Positive Examples and Tips and Tricks Handouts.

2) Being Kind Online – the basics of online behaviour; codes, ethics, laws and cyberbullying — (grades 4-5, 6-7 & 8-10) — definitions of cyberbullying and descriptions of how and where it happens, number of youth affected (CA statistics), recommended responses for youth, online norms and cultures, relevant laws plus our Positive Examples and Tips and Tricks Handouts.

3) Playing Online Responsibly – online citizenry; gaming for good and file sharing and copyright — grades 8-10 & 11-12 — critically thinking about online content, gaming for good, consumer skills online, viruses scams and ruses, downloading music legalities, net neutrality and current Canadian legislation plus our Positive Examples and Tips and Tricks Handouts.

We’ll also be updating our parent and professional workshops and presentations with the latest trends, statistics and safety information. Stay tuned.

I’m really excited about the upcoming year and the chance to get out to see you in your B.C. school districts again. If you’d like more information about our upcoming Roadtrips, just drop us an email or leave a comment here.

Later, Merlyn