Principal's Perspective | 26-Jan-2017

Navigating the Online World

By Rosemary Evans, Principal

Parents frequently ask questions related to students and the online world. Our lives have changed so dramatically in this realm that even the experts struggle to keep up as new forms of social media enter the cyber sphere on a daily basis. Keeping your child safe and knowledgeable about how best to interact with and utilize the online world is an ever-evolving challenge. 

MediaSmarts is a Canadian not-for-profit charitable organization for digital and media literacy. Originally launched in the 1990s as the Media Awareness Network, the initiative emerged as a response to TV violence and the role of Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Today, the Honourable David Johnson serves as patron of MediaSmarts. 

MediaSmarts has developed advice for parents as well as resources for teachers. These materials cover a wide range of topics including cyber-bullying, video-gaming and media literacy. The organization also provides advice regarding the important decisions that students and parents must make about online privacy.

If you have questions related to young people and the online world, MediaSmarts is a great starting point.