Keeping kids safe in the digital era

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  • 1. Presenters: Dragana Mihic and Jim Irwin Burnaby North Librarians
  • 2. Overview Digital Footprint Fears Social Media Tips on staying safe Additional Resources Questions / Discussion
  • 3. What is a Digital Footprint?  Simply put, it is everything on the internet about you including:  Social media profiles  Images/ photos of you  Any information or content posted by you on blogs and sites
  • 4. Parental Fears Cyberbullying Predators Pornography/ violent/ questionable websites Fraud / identity theft
  • 5. Social Media
  • 6. Tips on Staying Safe  Talk about ground rules and responsibilities with respect to internet safety  Children under 13 should NOT have a social media account  Set usage limits  Computer and technology usage should be visible, especially with younger children  Create a “check in” policy (i.e., Leave all phones turned off in the kitchen before bed time)
  • 7. Tips on Staying Safe – What to talk about with your children  Set up blocks and privacy settings – friends only, no private information published, be careful who you befriend  Beware of the images and information you post of yourself. “Would you want this out there 10 years from now?”  Do not meet with strangers (i.e., “online friends”)  Do not share passwords!  Do not engage with cyberbullies. Take screenshots and report to an adult  Do not condone cyberbullying
  • 8. Additional Resources www.getcyberspace.gc.ca/index- eng.aspx Excellent government website on all things cyber. Tips for youth and adults. http://telus.com/content/internet/secu rity/kids.jsp Tips and topics to discuss young children and teens safe online. www.netliteracy.org A US organization committed to teaching net safety and information literacy to youth and adults. Excellent tips and videos to share with your family.