• Grades 1 to 4 - 9:30am to 10:30am at Heather Park Elementary
• Grades 5 to 7 - 11:00am to 12:00pm at Heather Park Elementary
• Grades 8 to 12 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm at Kelly Road Secondary
• Parent Presentation - evening (6:30pm to 8:30pm) at Heather Park Elementary
The student presentation will focus on lessons and content that is most applicable to this particular age group. This presentation will cover all things digital, from digital citizenship and how to be a good digital citizen to the criminal consequences of cyberbullying. Some of the most prominent concerns currently surrounding student’s use of social networking sites and smartphones will be discussed. Topics covered will include: how to practice netiquette (online etiquette), how to recognize and respond to cyberbullying, the criminal and social consequences of cyberbullying behaviour and the possession and distribution of intimate images (sexting), selfpeer exploitation, digital media habits and oversharing, digital addiction, piracy and plagiarism.
At this stage in their school career they hopefully should be very familiar with their digital footprint online and how this is a representation of their real and online selves. Everything they post online will be public, permanent, and searchable. This is now more important than ever and we know that university and college admissions staff as well as prospective employers are now researching applicants’ online lives before they even consider a resume or transcript. Social media should be a platform for students to showcase their interests, skills, and accomplishments. Real world examples will be shown of the detrimental effect that social media and online behaviour has had Canadian youth moving forward with their lives.
The illusion of anonymity online will be spoken to in cautioning students from misrepresenting themselves online and creating false profiles. Geo-locational settings will be covered as well the dangers of social media and cell phone misuse. Finally, a discussion of personal media habits will engage the audience and prompt them to reflect on their own digital lives and how it is affecting them.
Parent Presentation Social Media Awareness, Digital Footprints, and Cyberbullying (One 120-minute presentation)
The parent presentation will focus on all things digital. Your child has now entered into their digital media lives, where cell phone ownership doubles, video game use explodes and they dive into the world of social media and hypertexting. Your child is rapidly developing their personal identity with cell phone in hand and you need to be prepared. Family rules, parental controls and developing a family tech plan will be outlined as well as recommendations for monitoring your teen’s digital life. As a parent, you must lead the charge as a digital role model and help your child develop a strong digital citizenship foundation while reminding them that their digital footprint is a reflection of their real and online selves. At this age, they will encounter situations that will challenge their independence, including cyberbullying (and more commonly – cyberexclusion), the dangers of anonymity, privacy, sharing intimate images, and inappropriate websites, and you need to be there to provide support and guidance during this critical period. Finally, to better equip you for your digital parenting strategy, a snapshot of the current trends and concerning apps will be provided.