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Designed for community leaders, Parenting the Net Generation addresses family interests and concerns on issues that arise when young people go online. The workshop touches briefly on many key Internet issues including safety, privacy, marketing, ethics and cyberbullying, and evaluation of online information.

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2. Vision: To ensure children and youth possessthe necessary critical thinking skills and toolsto understand and actively engage with media 3. Parenting the Net GenerationPresentation

  • Kids Online Activities
  • Safety Issues
  • Online Marketing
  • Credibility of Online Information
  • Strategies for Safe, Wiseand Responsible Use


  • Kids need to bring critical thinking to all information, including: television, movies, video games, music, magazines, advertising and the Internet

What is media education and why do y oung peopleneed it? 5. Young Canadians are ahighly-connected generation:

  • half of teens have computers in their bedrooms
  • tweens use the Internet for two hours daily
  • teens use it for three hours
  • one-third of youth play games online
  • two-thirds of girls use the Internet primarily for socializing

6. The Internet is not another world its just another space where kids live their daily lives Todays wired kid is a social one, connecting with friends and making new onesKids who spend more time online are more confident about their social abilities 7.

  • Friends are always accessible through e-mail, instant messaging, blogs, chat rooms and cell phones
  • Everyone is equal on the Internet: children who are shy can develop relationships with peers online
  • Online communitiesencourage the development of real-world social skillsand values

Safety Issues 8. 9.

  • Most IM software allows kids to block peoplethey dont know
  • Review contactlists for strangers
  • Use the Keep a history of my conversations option


  • Webcams often come built in to computers
  • Stand-alone webcams can cost as little as $20
  • Skypeallows users to call any otherSkypeuser in the world for free


  • Keep webcams out of kids rooms
  • Kids should:
  • close the lens cap or turn camera off when not in use
  • never use a webcam with strangers
  • never do anything they wouldnt wantthe entire world to see


  • 45% of teens say a cellphone is essential to theirdaily lives
  • 42% say they can writetext messages blindfolded
  • 40% say they would die without their cell phones
  • 20% say they have sent or posted nude or semi-nude pictures of themselves (sexting)


  • 59% of kids pretend to be someone else online
  • 28% do so because they want to see what it would be like to be older
  • 23% want to flirt witholder people

Kids use the Internet to experiment with their identity: 14. Creating Identities on Social Networking Sites 15. 16.

  • On sites likeMySpace,status comes from having thousands of friends view your profile

17. 18. 19. 20. Virtual Worlds 21.

  • online predators rarely misrepresent their age or their motives
  • youth, 13-15, involved in risky behaviours (talking with strangers, flirting, posting intimate information) are most at risk
  • majority of solicitations received from other youth (under 21)

Research on online predation shows: 22. Impact of cyberbullying can be more devastating than real-world bullying:

  • the person often doesnt know who is bullying them
  • many people can covertly witness and join in the bullying


  • half of students report being bullied online(University of Toronto, 2008)
  • reasons for being harassed onlineinclude physical appearance, abilityand/or sexual orientation(Shariff, 2008)
  • 81% report that cyberbullyinghas become worse since theprevious year(Shariff, 2008)

Prevalence of cyberbullying among students: 24. Technology doesnt provide tangible feedback about the consequences of actions on others. (Willard, 2000)

  • The lack of non-verbal visual cues makes it difficult to gauge how actions are being received by others
  • Building empathy is key to promoting pro-socialbehaviours in youth

25. Technology allows us to be invisible or anonymous. (Willard, 2000)

  • If a person cant be identified with an action, then feelings of accountability are diminished
  • 68 % of students in Grades 6 and 7 who have been cyberbullied know the identity of the perpetrator(University of Toronto, 2008)

26. 2009 Media Awareness Network For more information on licensing thefull workshop contact: Media Awareness Network 1-800-896-3342 [email_address] This workshop preview has been produced by