School Based Internet Safety Program

Many recent academic research and industry reports suggest that educating children and youth about responsible online behaviour, respect for communal codes of conduct and the consequences of inappropriate activities decreases online harassment. Our Programs address the increasing demand within schools for pro-active, awareness-raising content that promotes positive citizenship online as well as assists teachers in meeting prescribed learning outcomes in the B.C. Curriculum.

SafeOnline’s core messages are:

  • Everything online is public and permanent
  • Think before posting online because it will affect many unforseeable aspects of life in the future
  • Talk to your children/students/parents/coworkers about online harassment, sexual exploitation or hate and learn where and how to speak out if help is required
  • Communication/online activity is what you make it (both positive/negative) and technology is ever expanding
  • Keep the lines of communication between  you and your family open
  • Children and youth need guidance, advice and support in making positive choices online from all adults in their lives
  • All adults need to role model good conduct online

Our programs reflect the evolving needs of our clients and are designed to offer schools and parent groups flexibility in setting, activities and audience size, while continuing to offer our engaging research-based content. Messages are conveyed through age-appropriate videos, stories and dialogue suitable for elementary, middle and high schools. We deliver our presentations in every corner of British Columbia and, beginning September 2013 in the Edmonton area.

Classroom workshops – Intended to give students a small group learning experience by engaging them in meaningful interactive learning activities, these 60-120 minute workshops include dialogue, games, worksheets and/or art projects. Focus can accommodate grades 4-12 curriculum priorities;  critical and reflective thinking skills, communication competencies in digital literacy and enhancing personal and social responsibility in their online interactions.

Assemblies – Dynamic and engaging, our multimedia presentations to large groups of students are accompanied by a handout information about our online supplemental resources  that reinforces our key messages. A supportive approach to youth problem-solving ensures a positive learning environment. Schools can choose between:

  • Small assembly -(under 150 children or youth), or
  • Large assembly – (over 150 children or youth),

Students are encouraged to:

  • Develop critical and reflective thinking skills
  • Enhance their communication competencies in digital literacy
  • Recognize their personal and social responsibilities
  • Make values-based decisions about how they act online
  • Take online harassment seriously
  • Report online harassment (whether it happens to them or others)
  • Participate online as positive digital-citizens.

Following the Presentation students will be given a username and password to sign into the login section of our website and access the valuable links, resources and research referenced in their presentation or workshop.