Today is Safer Internet Day — a day which promotes safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people. In recognition of this date, Raise the Grade, a program of The Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada, is reminding families to be safe while online.
Raise the Grade has a few pointers in its “Learn it Yourself – Non-Obvious Online Safety” guide:
- Giving online strangers your address or your bank info is a bad idea
- Don’t post pics of yourself doing illegal things
- Don’t use “password” as your password
- Be nice to other people online
But that’s not the only ways to be safe. Raise the Grade’s online tutorial explains how to report online bullying. The tutorial shares some alarming statics: 25% of kids between 12-15 years old have witnessed cyberbully, 25% of girls and 17% of boys have witnessed online harassment, and 51% of all teens have had a negative experience with social networking.
More information, and an online course is available at RaisetheGrade.ca.
Raise the Grade program at the East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club allows youth to explore their personal interests, receive homework support, connect with mentors, increase their digital literacy and plan for post-secondary education.