SOCIAL MEDIA AWARENESS, DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP, AND CYBER-BULLYING
TRAINING FOR STUDENTS*
The student presentations focus on lessons and content that is most applicable to the age group. These presentations cover all things digital, from digital citizenship and how to be a good digital citizen to the criminal consequences of cyber-bullying. Some of the most prominent concerns currently surrounding students’ 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 cyber-bullying, the criminal and social consequences of cyberbullying behaviour and the possession and distribution of intimate images (sexting), self/peer exploitation
- Digital media habits and oversharing, digital addiction, piracy and plagiarism
- The permanence of online posts
- The significance that your digital footprint plays in how others perceive you, particularly college admissions officers and potential employers
- 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 including the dangers of social media and cell phone misuse
- 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
*Please note that these presentations are tailored towards age groups with no more than a 2-grade gap per session
STUDENT-LED PEER MENTORING PROGRAM “DEVELOPING DIGITALLY RESPONSIBLE LEARNERS”
TRAINING FOR STUDENTS
One-day training for students in grade 9 & 10
This training is a school-based peer-mentoring initiative that aims to embrace our youth as valuable and primary resources in prevention and education. The goal is to have a selected group of students deliver experiential presentations to their feeder community schools to address current concerning trends of youth and their online use/presence.
No one understands the challenges that youth face better than youth themselves. We believe that youth-driven peer education will naturally increase participant’s accountability to the program as well as deepen their level of personal investment in the skills they learn.
Mentors will explore their individual as well as group values, practice their presentation skills, and develop interactivities for younger students. The mentors will help guide the elementary students by showing them how they can become active participants in a growing networked society. These skills when embraced at an early age have empirically shown to serve as a foundation for behaviour moving forward.
Specific focus is placed on developing digital citizenship skills, identifying and appropriately dealing with cyber-bullying, online etiquette, and how the internet and social media can be used appropriately and in a positive manner.