Internet Elementary School


“Home Of The White Hatter"

Internet/Social Media Safety and Digital Literacy Education 101 For Elementary Schools

Grades 4’s & 5’s

Helping Students To Pro-Actively Understand The Enabling Power Of Digital Technology and Mobile Communications, But Also How To Mitigate The Sometimes UnIntended Consequences Of High Risk/Un-Desirable On-Line Behaviour  


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This session is designed to provide grade 4 and 5 youth with the fundamental knowledge that is necessary to engage in today’s online social environments. With over 25 years of experience in safety and online security training, we have recognized a serious need to address these concerns at an earlier age. Young people today are far more knowledgeable about technology than the generation before them. It is vital to encourage and empower kids, as well as provide them with the proper tools and knowledge, to be able to ensure their safety as they have the potential to do some really neat and innovative things in these online settings. However, excitement and passion can blind anyone, not just students, to the potential dangers with being connected to everyone and everything at any given time. 


Our company conveys the importance of privacy and the lack thereof online. We show students the significance of etiquette online, and how someone should portray themselves as their digital footprint or digital dossier is always recorded and easily searchable. We provide methods and tips on how to stay safe from cybercriminals. Lastly, we address cyberbullying and online aggression as a serious offence that can have serious legal, social, personal and psychological consequences.


The overall theme of this presentation is to urge our young audience to understand that nothing we do online is private, even if a screen name is used. Whether someone is committing a crime, or simply posting their latest selfie, everything is tracked and searchable. Even cyberbullies who feel protected by the cloak of anonymity online aren't hidden as much as they would like to think.


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Topics Covered:


What is the internet

It's public

Tracks everything 


Privacy

What is it

What is safe to share

Importance of passwords

Screen names

Social media connections

Age appropriate Social Networks

Smartphone use


Etiquette

How we act online

Who we are

Downloading movies, music, etc.

Taking pictures

Media consent


Safety

Tips and tricks to stay safe

What makes a good password

Connecting with someone online

Gaming

Bad downloads (viruses)


Cyberbullying

What is it

Consequences

What to do about it

Inappropriate photos



Education is the first step in keeping our kids safer in this technology-driven world. Technology is only a tool, we can determine its function & value because it's a conscious choice to do so. Research has shown however, that without good digital literacy education, it becomes more challenging for students to make the right on-line choices. This presentation is designed to provide students with pro-active “reflective" on-line "critical thinking" and "decision making" strategies, that youth can immediately put to good use.  Knowledge and the understanding and application of that knowledge is power. Our presentation provides the knowledge, information and empowerment, based upon academically peer reviewed research, case studies and relevant real world examples that tweens, teens and young adults need to know. The goal of our program; to educate students on how to be safer and become more digitally literate, savvy and resilient while participating in the on-line world. To date, over 400 schools and 335,000 students (and growing) in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Washington State have heard our very unique and empowering message in the past 36 months. Bring us in to present and experience why students, teachers, principals, parents and law enforcement internationally have all agreed, that our program is one of the best they have heard on the topics of Internet/Social Media Safety and digital citizenship for this age group.



We love the fact that we are "disrupting" how Social Media Safety and Digital Literacy has traditionally been presented in schools, which has garnered us some critics, especially from those who see us as their competition. Our approach to sharing our information on this topic is “different”, and very  “current",   when compared to others in our industry, something that we are very proud of and why our programs have received 4 national awards. We love what we do, and how we do it !!!


Why our elementary school program is so different from those being offered by other companies and organizations 

 

#1)  Brandon Laur, has been working with his father Darren for the past eight years teaching security and safety awareness. Brandon presently holds a degree in Sociology and Technology in Society from the University of Victoria and is also a Certified Online Open Source Investigator via BCIT. Although young (22yrs), many are surprised by Brandon's unique understanding of the internet, and the realities of digital content. Brandon observes the impact of how new technologies being produced every day are used by those who intend on circumventing weaknesses overlooked in order to con unaware users out of their money and identity. Brandon strives to spread his knowledge to the world in hopes of changing the standard mindless utilization of the technology to protect those who are unaware of how to protect themselves, especially tweens and teens. Brandon's real world experience as a teen with Social Media and the Internet, combined with his university studies in the area of technology, has played a major role in the development of all of our Internet and Social Media safety programs. In February 2017 The BC Government & Radius SFU awarded Brandon, with the 2017 BC Social Innovations Youth Award for his work and advocacy with youth, tweens, teens and adults in the areas of Social Media Safety and Digital Literacy 


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#2)  While others in our industry seek out police endorsements, or advertise that they have or do work with law enforcement, "WE ARE" current or past law enforcement professionals, and bring this experience and pedigree to all of our programs. There is a difference !!!


#3)  We are recognized industry leaders/experts in the fields of Internet and Social Media Safety and digital literacy training. Students, teachers, principals, parents, counsellors and law enforcement throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and the United States have all agreed that our presentation was the “best" and most "in-depth" they have heard on the topic of Internet and Social Media safety. Our Internet and Social Media safety presentation stands out as "the must have" program for Jr and Sr high school students in our province, thus why our program has now been heard by more Secondary Schools, and has won more awards, than any other program in British Columbia over the past three years.  Click here for actual feedback and testimonials on our program. 


"Brandon, your presentation was incredible, informational and somewhat shocking. Would you please check my Facebook privacy. Thank you for opening my eyes both for myself as well as my students."

Teacher…. Unsworth Elementary School


#4)  Our work in the area of Internet/Social Media Safety was recognized with the prestigious 2013 Social Media Derek K Miller Award  (most inspiring social media user), for our unique work in the area of Internet/Social Media Safety both here in Canada and the United States. We are the only Company in Canada, to be recently recognized by a very respected panel of  independent North American Social Media Experts for our work in this area. In 2014, The Governor General of Canada appointed Darren a Member of the Canadian Order of Merit. Awarded to Darren for his exceptional merit and contributions in his policing career, community service, and his unique off-duty work with youth in both online and offline safetyIn 2015 Darren and Beth were also awarded the very prestigious British Columbia Community Achievement Award, for their commitment to providing critical information to students in the areas of Interent and Social Media safety and digital literacy. In October 2015 Darren also received the 2015 Telus Outstanding Canadian Police Officer/Program Award;National award that recognizes individuals, programs or organizations that have made a significant impact towards keeping Canadians safer online. In February 2017 The BC Government & Radius SFU awarded Brandon, with the 2017 BC Social Innovations Youth Award for his work and advocacy with youth, tweens, teens and adults in the areas of Social Media Safety and Digital Literacy 


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#5)  Our program is not just about Social Media and Internet safety, it’s also about digital citizenship/literacy, on-line ethics, on-line critical thinking and  the challenges surrounding privacy (our digital dossier), cyber-bullying, sexting and what students can do now to protect their digital footprint (branding). The goal of our internet and Social Media safety program is not to instil fear or negate opportunities, rather the goal of our program is to enlighten, empower and enable students to make informed online choices. We show students how to build a positive on-line reputation. 


#6)  We stay current in everything we do, and we have documented evidence that our presentation positively changes Internet behavior.  We are also very proud of the fact that our Internet presentation has saved the lives of students, who were contemplating suicide/self harm as an option, because they were being targeted for cyber-bullying or sexting gone wrong issues. These students heard our empathetic message, reached out to us for help, and in each and every case (often working with their school) we were able to get them the help that they needed. No other program offers this unique on-line outreach for students.



#7) When we present, we speak “with” the students and not “at” the students. Our program is not just a presentation, but also an educational experience that involves all modalities of learning. Darren and Brandon's dynamic teaching style and professional background, combined with their extensive use of digital multi-media in the presentation, allows them to connect with students at an emotional, psychological and even a physical level. We present our information in a way that is direct, open, honest and empathetic. Our "real world" delivery of information is what makes our presentation so very different from all the other programs, and thus why it is so well received by students and staff. As one lower mainland grade 12 students stated, "I have seen the other Internet safety presentations from other presenters here at our school, but yours ROCKED !!!!!  Unlike the other presenters, you treated us like teens and young adults which we all appreciated.  You also get it and don't pull any punches, you spoke the truth and that is also something that we appreciated. Thank you so much for coming to our school !!!!"


#8)  We bring all our own equipment (lap top, projector, mic and auditorium sound system); all you need to provide is a table, screen and power chord/source. We also provide schools with "free" access to our Internet and Social Media safety on-line resource page for students, teachers and parents. We will travel anywhere in Canada or the United States to provide this very unique and empowering Internet and Social Media safety presentation.




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Seminar Length:

90 minutes, and yes we can hold the attention of gr 4 & 5 students for this length of time.  Don't believe us ?,  check out the testimonials from students, teachers and principals here or connect with us directly, and we will provide you with references that back up our claim.


Seminar Cost: 


Greater Victoria: $350.00 plus GST

Outside Greater Victoria: Please call for a quote


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We are so confident that our program will meet and exceed expectations, we now offer a 100% money back guarantee on the seminar cost of our Internet Safety for schools program. If a school believes that our presentation did not provided their tweens, teens and young adults with important information to stay safer and become more digitally literate, savvy and resilient when online, we will refund the cost of the seminar, minus any travel expenses. We are the first and only Internet and Social Media safety company in Canada to offer this money back guarantee !!!



Class Size: 

Max 75-90 students.   We have found that specific to this age group, smaller classes are preferred to allow more interpersonal participation. 


**SPECIAL**: Take advantage of the smaller classes; book 2 sessions in the school and receive a discount !!!



We Are Community Minded

Every year a portion of our profits are given back to the community to financially support two not-for-profit organizations who are dedicated to helping youth in need when it comes to bullying and suicide prevention; NEED2 and Bullying Ends Here.  We are proud of the fact that  "We are a for profit company, striving to do well, by doing good things for others in our community.” 

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