It’s a difficult subject to broach with children, but it’s of growing importance. Education about internet safety.
Today retired RCMP officer Darren Laur is in Prince George to teach both parents and children about how to be smart online. In the last few years he has traveled to 330 schools and spoken to more than 267,000 children about internet safety and digital literacy.
“The primary message that we’ve giving them is that their digital dioceses are public, permanent, searchable, exploitable and for sale. There is no such thing as privacy online. Privacy is a fallacy and the sooner the kids understand that the better.”
Laur will share his presentation with students in grades 6 through 12, and parents as well.
“We need to start talking about this stuff and get them to understand the power that these devices that they have in their hands and what it can do and how quickly it can spread and how it can come back and haunt them later on in life. So the sooner that we can catch them and teach them about digital literacy the better and that’s what I’m all about.”
It’s something parents in the school district are concerned about and want to shed light on. District Parent Advisory Council Presdients Sarah Holland explains,
“There’s been some recent cases in Prince George actually being threatened to give naked pictures of themselves. That’s been a concern of parents that this is actually happening. I think that if parents are educated that’s the most important thing. That way they can help their kids and have those conversations with their kids about why we don’t share naked pictures of ourselves.”
In Laur’s presentation he will cover everything from spotting a bully online to educating youth about what’s appropriate to share . And the most important message, parents play an important role in the equation.
“One of the things I say to parents is we need to be our kids best parents, not our kids best friend. So that’s why educating parents is really important as well.”
Parents are encouraged to come out to Vanier Hall tonight at 7:00 pm to hear Laur’s lecture and make sure their kids are well informed before going online. Doors open at 6:30pm.