Useful Links for Families and Educators

Safeguard Your Kids Online

MediaSmarts - A Resource Guide for parents that includes: 
A Parents Guide to Pokémon Go, Co Co's Advert Smarts, Tips - What to do if someone is mean to you online, Parenting the Digital Generation Workshop, Helping our Kids Navigate their Wired World and The Parent Network: Social Media and Your Kids Workshop.

MediaSmarts - Young Canadians in a Wired World
Life Online: Executive Summary & Full Report. This report is drawn from a national survey of Canadian youth conducted by MediaSmarts in 2013. The classroom-based survey of 5,436 students in grades 4 through 11, in every province and territory, examined the role of networked technologies in young people’s lives. 

Third Parent
With so many smartphones, tablets and computers literally at the fingertips of your children, it’s nearly impossible to monitor their safety 100%. ThirdParent can show you the websites and social media sites your child interacts with. You can’t be everywhere all the time, but we can.

The Door that's Not Locked.  (Operated by Canadian Centre for Child Protection.)
The internet is the door that’s not locked. There are lots of fun and interesting places to go, but there are scary things out there too. This website has age specific information about how to have lots of fun and stay clear of the risks.  

Zoe and Molly Online
Welcome to the Canadian Centre for Child Protection’s Zoe and Molly Online website! Here you will find a variety of resources and activities designed to help parents and educators teach young children (Grade 3 and 4) about online safety.

15 Sites and Apps Kids are heading to beyond Facebook
CommonSenseMedia - Social media apps that let teens do it all: text, chat, meet people, and share their pictures and videos. These often fly under parents' radars.

Talking to your child about staying safe online
How to start the conversation with your child about staying safe online, and what to do if you're worried about online safety.

Online safety
Helpful advice and tools you can use to help keep your child safe whenever and wherever they go online.

Share Aware
A site that helps your child stay safe on social networks, apps and games.

Snapchat : E-Safety
Snapchat allows users to send disappearing messages on their phones. Without the right settings, all a user needs is your username leaving kids open to receiving messages from predators and strangers. (Click on the picture to enlarge) : E-Safety
A social site where people ask and answer questions. Offensive questions are technically banned but they continued to be asked. (Click on the picture to enlarge)

Internet Acronyms
Parents who children use messaging apps may find thir messages full of indesciperable acronyms. While many are innocuous, others may not be. (Click on the picture to enlarge)

A guide to e-safety for parents for carers. (Click on the picture to enlarge)

Kik : E-Safety
A messaging app that does not have the SMS costs of usual text messages. Usernames are used and shared instead of phone numbers. Your child may not know how they are talking to. (Click on the picture to enlarge)

Google Safety CentreCybersafe girl mother and daughter image
Learn what you can do to protect yourself and your family online

Facebook Safety Centre

Bullying Prevention Hub: Resources for parents, teens and educators.

Get Cyber Safe - Protect Your Family
Nothing in the world is more important than protecting your family. Learn how you can keep your children safe online without taking away their virtual lifeline.

It's Up to You: Internet Safety Tips for Parents
A publication of the Prince Edward Island Child Sexual Abuse Advisory Committee.

Cyberbullying: How you can help your daughter 
An Action checklist for parents on how to tackle cyberbullying from the Dove Self Esteem Project.

Contract for Safe Internet Use

Child Internet Safety: A guide for parents, caregivers, teachers, and others who work with children and youth
These resources were developed by the Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick, in collaboration with Victim Services and Public Safety, and were designed specifically to address the issue of sexual exploitation of children on the internet.
Canada's tipline to report the online sexual exploitation of children developed by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.

Connect Safely
A website for parents, teens, educators, advocates, and policy makers – everyone engaged in and interested in the impact of the social Web.

A Parents’ Guide to Instagram
Instagram is a simple photo and video sharing app with a huge and growing following, especially among young people. Here parents' questions are answered.

Kik's Guide for Parents [PDF]
Kik is a smartphone app that lets users send text, pictures, videos, etc. It is intended for people 17 and over or for those 13 and over with parental permission.

Tips to Stop Cyberbullying
Tips for children and teens and for parents to help stop cyberbullying.

Toronto Dad Posed as Preteen Daughter to Bust Online Predator
Ford's work helped lead to charges against Ohio man, who pleaded guilty to child pornography charges.

Tips for Parents on Managing Social Media
Media Smarts information for parents on social networking.

Teacher Resources
Media Smarts information for educators in a digital world.

Smartphone Quick Reference
How to protect your children on their smartphone.

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children 
This is a UK site that provides a guide to the social networks your kids use. Each has a clear and concise summary of the intended use and pitfalls of each app along with including how easy it is to protect privacy and report a


Research and Policy

Kids' Help Phone reports on Cyberbullying.
Cyberbullying: Our Kids' New Reality (2007)

Hostile Hallways : Bullying, Teasing and Sexual Harassment in School
Commissioned by AAUW Educational Foundation
Researched by Harris Interactive

Vulnerable Young People, Social Media and E-Safety 
Report demonstrating that vulnerable children (for instance, those in care) have higher than average vulnerability to online predators.

Supreme Court of Canada
The summary of court proceedings in a Nova Scotia case wherein a 15 year-old girl applied for an order requiring the internet provider to disclose the identity of the individual(s) who published a fake and defamatory Facebook profile.

Cyberbullying and Violence Prevention Initiatives Among Youth 
Report of the Standing Committee on Social Development, Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island, 2006 [PDF] 

Stop the Hurt: Young people deserve a coordinated anti-cyberbullying strategy
A report on Cyberbullying as well as guides for both parents and youths published by The Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights.
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology.


Other Resources

Prevnet - What Parents Need to Know
Promoting Relationships & Eliminating Violence Network
Canada's authority on research and resources for bullying prevention.

Erase Bullying
British Columbia's Ministry of Education created this website for parents and kids to combat all types of bullying: physical, emotional/social, verbal, and cyberbullying.

The Facts About Girls in Canada
Commonly asked questions about girls in Canada

Canadian Women’s Foundation

Talking About "Sexting"
Kids may "sext" to show off or prove their love. How to discuss the consequences.
by Common Sense Media | Nov. 19, 2010 | Cell phone parenting