Adapted from The Vancouver Sun
How do you stay safe on the Internet? How do you keep your children safe on the Internet?
Telus started a program for parents, kids and teachers to help keep us safe on the Internet.
Read the PDF. Try the Exercise
Visit the links:
- WCR level 3 article on Internet addiction and teenagers (PDF download)
- The Telus Wise program
- About cyberbullying
- How to be media smart
The program is free in Canada.
The program is called Telus Wise.
The program has
- an on-line site
- twitter conversations
- one-on-one training
Staying safe on the Internet is a big challenge. People of all ages are vulnerable. Teens and tweens are particularly at risk.
Vancouver police Chief Jim Chu says there is more cyberbullying all the time. Cyberbullying led to the suicide of two teenagers in the past year.
Chu says, “It’s important for parents to be aware of what their children are doing.”
Children and youth are using their computers and smartphones 24 hours a day. They have contact with the online world even when you think they are safe at home.
Telus worked with bullying.org and MediaSmarts to create this program. MediaSmarts is a Canadian non-profit organization that teaches digital and media literacy.