Online Predation Agree to Disagree To A Point

Before I get into the meat and potatoes of this Blog post, I would like you to read the following article written by “David Finkelhor”, Director of the Crimes against Children Research Center in the United States: https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/02/12/banning-apps-wont-protect-kids-from-predators-theyre-in-danger-offline-too/ I support and love articles that use peer reviewed statistical research as the base for their opinion/argument,

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The Internet and A Child’s Right To Privacy From Parents

The Internet and A Child’s Right To Privacy From Parents Caveat: It is important for the reader to know that I am a huge supporter of personal privacy.  I speak to youth internationally on this topic, given my belief that we are slowly giving up our “actual” rights to personal privacy, both to the Government

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The Internet, Social Media, and Mobile Device Family Collective Agreement

One of the most important things a parent can do when it comes to sharing the message of good digital citizenship/literacy with their child, as well as setting clear parental boundaries, expectations and consequences to their child’s online behaviour;  spend some time discussing these important issues with your kids. Unfortunately, I have heard many adults

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For The Critics Of One-Shot Presentations

Some of those who have been critical of our Internet and Social Media Safety presentations have two primary issues that they voice: One-time presentations do not have any positive cause or effect specific to youth online behaviour, and Our Internet safety presentation only produced a heavier work load for school counsellors. I wish to openly

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Parents Don’t Get Caught In The Should Of, Could Of, Would Of To A Post Online Negative Event

Parents Don’t Get Caught In The Should Of, Could Of, Would Of To A Post Online Negative Event   Caveat: I recognize and promote that when it comes to online safety and our youth, it takes a village approach; family, school, community and industry to name a few.  This blog entry will look specifically at a

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Sexting: Moving The Discussion From Criminality to One Of Healthy Human Sexuality, Relationships, Trust and Harm Reduction

Sexting: Moving the discussion from criminality to one of healthy human sexuality, relationships, trust and harm reduction     As both a current law enforcement officer with over 28 years of experience, and an International Social Media/Internet safety advocate, I have been watching the discussions surrounding “sexting” for the past several years. I too have

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Cellular TOS: A Possible “Digital Driver’s Licence”

Cellular TOS: A Possible “Digital Driver’s Licence” Recently, I decided to read in more detail the terms of service (TOS) that I signed with with my cellular carrier/provider.  Within the TOS I read the following: “Violation of this Acceptable Use Policy As set out in the Terms, we have the right, but not the obligation,

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