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Living Sky School Division Media Release - Donna Desroche

Digital Citizenship Possibility (1:05)

Be Responsible

Think before you post. Everything one posts online, stays online! (1:00)

Is it Serious?

Employeers are looking at Facebook like sites for reference before interview. (1:00)

Be Respecful

Cyberbullying (0:50)

Be Safe

Online Predators and Their Victims
Social Networks are not the problem, behaviours are.
Social Networking from teens perspective.

Who is watching? What is needed? Is there hope? (2:50)

So how do we instill in our students, community, citizenship, leadership, empathy, loyalty, responsibility, respect, safety in a world of:

  • anonymity?

  • students with more knowledge and experience than us?

  • too much to do with not enough time?

  • inability to keep up in the technological world?

  • conflict on the job of parents vs. the job of teachers?

  • and more?


What Educators and Parents Can Do:
  1. Do an internet search for your child. Put their full name within quotation marks, e.g. “Eldon Germann”. Try Vivisimo. a clustering meta-search engine where all the archived conversations in which your child has used a particular screen name will be found. Searching for their name in google will find their social networking website. If the site is public you will be able to view it. You will also be able to find out what others are saying about your child on their sites. Don’t try to catch your kids but ask to see their site. Tell them you will be viewing their online world to see that it is safe. Talk to them about what is safe. Give them 48 hours to go and tear down all that may be unsafe and then sit down and view it with them.
  2. Set up a google alert using your child's name. Each time the name appears on the internet you will be notified via your e-mail. You will be able to view not only what your child is doing but what his or her friends are posting on the internet. NOTE: Alerts will not catch information in social networking spaces.
  3. Join the networking site that your child uses. If their profile is private you will not be able to see it unless you register with the site. You don’t have to put anything in it but you can explore it to understand how it works. Once you have logged-in you can search within the site for your child’s name, locate their profile and view it.
  4. Read the safety tips provided at the social networking site your child uses: e.g. Bebo Safety Tips and Hi5 Online Safety.
  5. Recently I listened to a podcast by Kevin Honeycutt, Building 21st Century Achievers, in which he suggested that parents informally create an Online Neighborhood Watch. When you are viewing your child’s page and you see something odd or unusual about their friend’s activities notify their parents. Look out for each other’s kids.//

Most parents and educators are ‘digital immigrants’. Ask your student/child to help you understand the digital environment that he or she operates in. Talk to them about it and openly express your concerns. - Donna DesRoche