School Internet Safety Program

Presentations & Workshops for Students, Parents & Educators

The significant changes in internet usage since I started speaking to students in 2005 are profound and encouraging. While we should all be concerned about the overuse of technology by children and teens, (and indeed ourselves), there are some encouraging trends towards pro-social uses of technology as well.

Research guides our programs

We are all becoming more informed by research about the need to be more conscious of how we spend our time online. Media companies are responding with online use-tracking apps such as Google, Apple with features to make the choices we are make visible and hopefully reflect, then make better choices.

I had the privilege to work with Mulgrave School to develop workshops for their teachers, K-12, that utilized existing free curricula and SafeOnline content to provide practical tips and tools to present to their students. It was very exciting to pull together my newest research and convert it into educator workshops that I’d love to share with you at your school pro-d days.

Mulgrave School engaged with Merlyn from SafeOnline to present a series of workshops and presentations for teachers and students, as part of our Digital Literacy and Citizenship boot camps that took place in the first week of school. During the planning phase I was impressed by Merlyn’s willingness to tailor her presentations to our specific needs. Merlyn stayed in regular contact, asked lots of questions, provided regular planning updates and adjusted contents according to our requests.

I was most impressed that Merlyn was able to connect topics to the Mulgrave School Digital Literacy & Citizenship Scope & Sequence, providing immediately relevant information to the various groups of junior, middle and senior school faculty and students. Merlyn’s fast-paced sessions were accompanied by a host of resources that teachers could use in follow up lessons. This ensured that the sessions were not one-off information blasts, but a valuable starting point to build learning from. We felt that the topics and the manner in which they were covered by Merlyn was so worthwhile that we have asked Merlyn to come back to engage with Mulgrave parents!”
Dave Dallman
Mulgrave School, West Vancouver, B.C.

Your Life Online : Students Grades 1-12

Your Life Online : Student Classroom Workshops & Assembly Presentations

SafeOnline delivers age-appropriate digital citizenship and internet safety presentations for all ages.

Length: 30-70 minutes
Cost and (audience size):

  • Small assembly: under 150 children or youth – $675
  • Medium assembly: 150 to 750 children or youth – $875
  • Large assemblies: over 750 students – $1200

Audience:  SafeOnline Presentations are suitable for groups within a two grade span, for example,  2/3, 6/7, 8/9 or 10/12. This keeps our content age-appropriate and within student’s comprehension levels.

Student Presentation Topics:

  • Thinking critically online
  • Permanent digital reputations
  • Online conduct
  • Cyber abuse and online drama
  • Gaming
  • Sexting and online pornography
  • How apps work on our brain
  • Excessive screen time
  • Setting technology limits
  • GREAT online resources

Our workshops and presentations are dynamic, engaging and meaningful. They include a multimedia presentation with current examples, memes and trends, a question period, handouts and resources. Our focus is on equipping youth to use their devices more safely, balancing their on and off-line lives and learning about the positive applications, communities and online movements. Our workshops and presentations address B.C. curriculum priorities by promoting critical and reflective thinking skills, social emotional development, communication competencies in digital literacy and enhanced personal and social responsibility in their online interactions.

Teachers and students will be provided with a SafeOnline Quiz, Answer Sheet and Tip Sheet for use in their classrooms after the SafeOnline workshop or presentation.

Life Online and Parental Controls

Parent Presentation

Children and preteens are online for ever-increasing amounts of time and research is beginning to identify learning deficits associated with excessive screen time. This new presentation is focused on how to control your child’s device usage and screen time with the use of settings, apps and software already part of the most popular operating systems on cell phones, computers, game consoles and other devices that go online.

Length: 75- 90 minutes
Cost: $750

Screen time and children

  • Why limit screen time
  • Current findings on the effects of excessive screen time on social emotional development

Strategies to limit children’s screen time

  • Be a Good Role Model
  • Family Media Use Agreements
  • Declare Tech-free Zones
  • Slow Tech Media Diet
  • Dialogue Starters

Ways to supervise online time

  • Limits to supervising software, apps and features
  • Four levels of online supervision

Apps, settings and software with parental features

  • Smartphone and tablets
  • Computer
  • Gaming consoles
  • Televisions and smart TV’s
  • Online child toys
  • In-home smart devices

» School Internet Safety Program Overview

Parenting in a Digital Age

Parent Workshop

Our Parenting in a Digital Age workshop will give you practical ideas and the tools to make your children safer online. Parent advisory, grandparent, new parent and foster parent groups can all become better informed participants in their children’s online world. Parents will be provided with a Tip Sheet and Scavenger Hunt for post-assembly use.

Length: 75- 120 minutes
Cost: $750
Audience size : up to 500

Parent Workshop Topics:

  • Overview of online youth culture
  • Thinking critically online
  • Online conduct
  • Permanent digital reputations
  • Cyber abuse and online drama
  • Gaming
  • Sexting and online pornography
  • How apps work on our brain
  • Tips of mitigating excessive screen time
  • Setting technology limits

Parents will be provided with a SafeOnline Tip Sheet and Scavenger Hunt for post-assembly use.

» School Internet Safety Program Overview

Positive Digital Citizenship in the Classroom

Educator Workshop

This workshop will give educators ideas on how to promote positive digital citizenship, improve online safety and utilize online resources within the classroom. Participants will be provided an opportunity to ask questions during the workshop.

Length: A 60 minute presentation to a full day workshop
Cost: $750 – $1500
Audience size – up to 100

Educator Workshop Topics:

  • Overview of online youth culture
  • Thinking critically online
  • Online conduct
  • Tools for reinforcing good digital citizenship
  • Permanent digital reputations
  • Cyber abuse and online drama
  • Gaming
  • Sexting and online pornography
  • How apps work on our brain
  • Tips for mitigating excessive screen time
  • Setting technology limits
  • Online research
  • How to respond to students’ online concerns fears and anxieties
  • Reference and Research : Emergency resources to help students

Afterwards, educators will be provided with a link to our source material and research, additional references and follow-up classroom activities.

Whole-School Packages

It is especially beneficial for all members of your school community to have the same understanding when it comes to internet safety and conduct online. Internet safety impacts you at school and it impacts your students everywhere they go. By having SafeOnline deliver two grade-appropriate workshops, one parent presentation and one educator workshop, everyone will start out with similar expectations, values and information to make safe, smart online choices. This option is for school communities wanting to establish good strong values for safe conduct online.

Includes:
2 – Your Life Online student workshops or assembly presentations
1 – Parenting in a Digital Age presentation
1 – Positive Digital Citizenship in the Classroom workshop for educators

Cost – $2500  ($600 savings)

Tech/Sex Talk: Grade 8 – 12

Responding to the Physical and Health Education 2016 curricula changes, this presentation will provide information to promote ‘Healthy Choices” and “Personal and Social Development” competencies from the online perspective. Specifically, the presentation will teach students strategies for wellness online such as positive mental health, and will promote online reporting sites and mechanisms so students can respond to abusive or exploitive harm. Since much of students’ lives are online, this presentation will describe healthy online personal boundaries around sexting, viewing online pornography and abusive sites, and supporting healthy sexual decisions.

Length: 60 minute
Cost: $875
Audience size: up to 500

Our workshops and presentations are dynamic, engaging and meaningful.

Please contact SafeOnline if you have any questions.