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The most successful approach in understanding and being proactive about online safety is being knowledgeable. If your child is using social media, you should be as familiar with social media as possible. It will help you to understand the tools, apps and online services they are using; including understanding the risks, privacy settings, how they can interact with other users, etc.

There are a variety of websites that offer​ valuable and up-to-date information on trends, tips, and parent advice on social media. Four valuable websites are offered below, plus a brief overview on what the site offers and where to look for parent/guardian-specific information.


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Common Sense Media  commonsensemedia.org

  • ​click the "Reviews" section to see Common Sense Media's reviews on movies, games, TV, books, apps, websites and music. Reviews include age ratings, overall quality and educational value, as well as a break down on what parents need to know about violence, language, privacy, etc;
  • click the "Parent Concerns" section to see tips, frequently asked questions, videos, articles, etc. on topics ranging from screen time, to cyberbullying, to special needs for learning difficulties;
  • subscribe to their mailing list for weekly emails on the latest movies, TV shows, books, games, apps, etc. sent directly to your inbox.

ConnectED  reallifeonline.ca

  • presented by the Ontario's Ministry of Education in partnership with Ophea and available in both English and French;
  • resources are available for parents/guardians of students in grades 4-6;
  • click the "Parents & Guardians" link for advice and suggestions for parents/guardians, Ministry of Education policies, helpful links and reading materials, and a fillable internet safety agreement;
  • the curated collection of links and reading material offer a wealth of additional resources on chat lingo, community supports, cyberbullying, gaming, internet safety, sexting, social media and violence in the media.




Get Cyber Safe  getcybersafe.gc.ca

  • presented by the government of Canada and available in both English and French;
  • click the "For Parents" image in the "Stop Hating Online" section to read about what cyberbullying is, tips for identifying if your child is being cyberbullied, how to prevent cyberbullying and what to do if your child is a victim of cyberbullying;
    • click "Where can I get additional resources on cyberbullying?" in the "For Parents" section to access a collection of government and non-government organizations;
  • the Get Cyber Safe website also offers helpful information for adults on broader cyber security risks including mobile device, online banking, downloading and file sharing, and shopping online.


MediaSmarts  mediasmarts.ca
  • available in both English and French;
  • access the "Digital & Media Literacy" section of the website for in-depth reports on current media, media issues (including body image, gender representation, diversity in media, etc.) and digital issues (including cyberbullying, cyber security, gambling, online hate, etc.);
  • access the "Research & Policy" section for current trends in media and internet usage in Canada;
  • access the "Blog" for posts on topics such as "What parents need to know about Instagram," "Managing Media: Back to School Tips for Parents," and "What's the best age to give a kid an iPod Touch?"
 
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