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  1. Book: Supporting Successful Transition from Primary to Secondary School by Tina Rae (2014)
  2. Book: Book: Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv (2008)
  3. Book: Digital Tools for Teaching: 30 E-tools for Collaborating, Creating, and Publishing across the Curriculum by Steve Johnson (2013)
  4. DVD video: Canadian Popular Music in the '60's, '70's & '80's by EMI Music Canada (2012)
  5. DVD video: Canada: A People's History produced by Mark Starowicz (2001).
  6. Book: Fire in the Bones: Bill Mason and the Canadian Canoeing Tradition by James Raffan (1999)

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Safety on Social Media

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Protecting Your Computer

The resources will help ducators, students and parents protect their computer and themselves.

The Risks of Using Social Media

The Risks of Using Social Media include:

  1. Disclosure of private information by either yourself or friends/contacts.
  2. Bullying online.
  3. Cyber-stalking.
  4. Access to age-inappropriate content.
  5. Online grooming and child abuse.
  6. Prosecution or recrimination from posting offensive or inappropriate comments.
  7. Phishing emails allegedly from social networking sites, but actually encouraging you to visit fraudulent or inappropriate websites.
  8. Friends’, other people’s and companies' posts encouraging you to link to fraudulent or inappropriate websites.
  9. People hacking into or hijacking your account or page.
  10. Downloading viruses or spyware contained within message attachments or photographs.

Source: Get Safe Online

Tips for Social Media Safety

"Information on social media sites has been used against employees in ways ranging from performance evaluation to legal risk. For example, when an employee files for disability compensation and during the same period posts pictures of physical activity. "There are real concerns in terms of how social media can affect your employment status and potential job opportunities by what you do on a daily basis on these sites," says Porfilio."

Tips for ensuring online safety include:

  1. Use Good Judgment
  2. Know Your Contact
  3. Do Not Tag Photos
  4. Change Your Passwords often and do not use the same password for social networking sites that you use for your email accounts and online banking.
  5. Know and Use Your Privacy Settings
  6. Be Consistent: Using the same photo, consistent profile language, message and links on all social media sites reduces the chances of identity theft and generates trustworthiness and recognition among employers when conducting background checks.
  7. Avoid Controversial Statements


Internet Safety Tips for kids

  1. NEVER give out any personal information such as your address, telephone number, parents' place of work or their phone number, or the name and location of your school.
  2. NEVER agree to get together with someone you 'meet' online without first checking with your parents.
  3. NEVER send anyone your picture - Don't accept any pictures either.
  4. NEVER respond to any messages that make you feel uncomfortable.
  5. NEVER lose your common sense while online - Remember, you are talking to a stranger. The people you are talking to may not be who they say they are.
  6. NEVER send an insulting or rude message to anyone online. 'Flaming' is not good 'Netiquette' Use a 'code name'.
  7. Report any harassment or inappropriate messages to your online service and to the Police.
  8. Set your browser to say NO to 'cookies'.

Source: Toronto Police Ontario, Canada.

Internet Safety Tips for Parents

  1. Learn about what your child is doing on the Internet - Know what Web Sites they are visiting, know what type of chat rooms, e-mail, and messages your child is involved in online.
  2. Find out about Filtering Software that is available to block out objectionable material.
  3. Set reasonable guidelines for computer use by your children - monitor the amount of time spent on the computer and when.
  4. Keep computer usage as a family activity by putting the computer in a family room rather than in the child's bedroom.
  5. Ensure your child does not give out personal information. Have them use a 'code name'.
  6. Be wary of any offers that involve your child going to a meeting or having someone visit your home - # Remember that people may not be who they seem.
  7. Create a password for your computer that is hard to guess but easy to remember and change it often
  8. Monitor your credit card bills.

Source: Toronto Police Ontario, Canada.

Tips for Safety on Social Media

Preventing Online Identity Theft

"Your computer is full of all kinds of information about you and it's stored in files hidden deep on your hard drive. These files store information like logins and passwords, names, addresses and credit card numbers."

"A thief can grab this information when it is being sent over an insecured transmission or he can install malicious software on your computer to collect everything he needs and automatically send it back to him."

Online Personal Safety Tips

  1. limit your personal information on the web and restrict who can access it (see Social Networking and Internet Safety)
  2. don't send personal information in email or instant messages
  3. be suspicious of emails asking for personal, financial or sensitive information
  4. use caution with links supplied in emails - do not click on links if you don't know the sender
  5. monitor your credit and check any financial statements closely
  6. set up a Google alert for your name and query it regularly; it's also a good idea to query your email address

Shop Smart

  1. purchase only from stores you trust
  2. ask yourself if their website looks professional, judging by the graphics, slogans and quality of information
  3. do a business check with the Better Business Bureau
  4. if you're not comfortable sending credit information online, make the purchase by telephone
  5. check their site security before sending any information - click on the lock icon to view the certification and check the web address for an "s" after http (ie. https://)
  6. consider getting a credit card only for internet use - monitor your statements carefully and keep a low credit limit
  7. do not use the words Visa, Master Card, credit card, etc., in email headers, as thieves may be able to intercept email messages
  8. provide your credit card number in an unusual manner (other than a 10-12 digit string of numbers), such as "My number starts with one, then two hundred thirty four, followed by 56 and then 78, then ninety, etc.
  9. don't put your entire credit card information in one email - split it into two

Source: Vancouver Police, British Columbia, Canada.

Social Networking Safety Tips While You’re on Vacation

There are a few reasons why you should hold off from posting your vacation details and photos until you’re home.

  • sending updates while you’re away advertises to everyone that you are not home - that means your unoccupied residence can be that much more vulnerable to people who are trolling the web for personal information
  • before you post, think hard about the content of your post and whether it can be used by someone who may be involved in criminal activity
  • ensure everyone in your house understands the rules you set about sharing information while you’re away
  • never share details about the dates you’ll be away or whether children will be left home alone
  • switch off or disconnect the location applications if you’re using social media while on vacation
  • take a break – vacations are also a great time to disconnect from the social networking world for awhile!

Source: Vancouver Police, British Columbia, Canada.

Tips for Safety on Facebook

Tips for Safety on Twitter

Online Safety Organizations

A Visual Guide To Staying Safe On Social Media

A Visual Guide To Staying Safe On Social Media by Jeff Dunn. Source: A Visual Guide To Staying Safe On Social Media by

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