Why Failing To Train Police Can Lead To Inaction And Citizen Bewilderment

Caveat: As a recently retired Staff Sergeant from a modern mid-sized Canadian police department, today I can share with my readers that I am a little frustrated with “some” who wear blue, and those who train them. I want to emphasize that in my 30 years of police experience the majority of Law Enforcement officers

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Tweens, Teens, Cellphones and the Classroom….. Some Thoughts and Suggestions

According to a 2015 PEW Research report ( http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/04/09/teens-social-media-technology-2015/ ) approximately 88% of all teens today, have access to either a cellphone or smartphone in North America. As parents, we can attest to how mobile has changed the playing field when it comes to our kids accessing the Internet and Social Media. Given that these

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Internet Music Videos: Are Some Killing The Message Of Healthy Human Sexuality

Although in my 50’s, I still consider myself to be very open minded about everything associated to “entertainment” (in all its forms) and its access by youth and young adults. As music video continues to push the norm, specific to language and sexuality, what kind of cause and effect are some forms of entertainment having

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Finding A Balance For The Generation Z Babysitter

In today’s world, mobile is the number one way that tweens and teens connect with Social Media and each other. Given this fact, it is also a reality that those who babysit our children will likely bring their mobile device with them. Given all the research surrounding how the use of a mobile phone can

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How 21,000 Of My Facebook Followers Found A Missing 13yr Old Teen

How 21,000 Of My Facebook Followers Found A Missing 13yr Old Teen As a Social Media Safety Advocate, I have had the honour to present to over 275,000 Jr and Sr high school students from across Canada and the United States. During my travels, I encourage teens to follow me on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/The-White-Hatter-Darren-Laur-136487353183161/ 

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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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