Kids and Technology: When to Limit it & How
Technology is not going to go away. But is there a way that parents can manage how technology is used in their homes and by their children?

Common Sense Media
Dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.
Great resource for kids, families and schools.

What You Need to Know Before You Go Online
A PowerPoint presentation by Dr Ann Cavoukian, Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, at Pleasant View Junior High School: 
on the dangers of social networking and how students can protect themselves online and take control of their personal information.
- Expect Respect, and a safe education.
A new website that allows B.C. students to report bullying anonymously.

What to do if your child is a bully - Speakeasy
Blog by Catherine Steiner-Adair

Facebook's new Anti-Bullying Tools create a "Culture of Respect"
This includes an improved safety center with more multimedia resources, and better, more social tools for reporting offensive or bullying content.

Terry Cutler - The Ethical Hacker -Founder and Chief Technology Officer of the IT security and data defense company Digital Locksmiths Inc. They protect small businesses, large agencies, families and individuals from cyber-criminals. - Free video series on Internet Safety for Everyone

Personal Protection Systems Inc.
Internet Safety Resources

Internet Safety for Teens, with Personal Protection Systems


Is Wi-Fi Safe for Children? 

American doctors issue new warning re WiFi in Schools.

New York Times article: Your Phone vs. Your Heart

CBC Documentary - "Are we digital dummies?"

TEDxRainier - Dimitri Christakis - Media and Children

Report on Cellphones and Brain Tumours

Huffington Post Blogger Lisa Belkin writes: Lessons From The 92nd Street Y 'What Do YOU Really Need To Know As A Parent?' Conference


Internet Safety

After the October 2012 Amanda Todd teen suicide, the Centre launched an Internet Safety program to help parents, educators and youth to engage social media safely and with discernment. We hosted three Internet Safety events on Salt Spring Island. With Raffi, we co-founded the Red Hood Project (see more below). Raffi co-authored an Open Letter to Facebook, and an Op Ed. On the critical to reform social media, Raffi wrote Lightweb Darkweb.


Lightweb Darkweb
makes the case for the critical need to reform  social media, especially for young users. Its author, Raffi Cavoukian, the renowned singer, Raffi, is also a writer, systems thinker, and founder of the Centre For Child Honouring. He offers three reasons for social media reform: safety, intelligence, and sustainability. A response to the suicide of Vancouver teen Amanda Todd after years of online harassment, and dedicated to her, Lightweb Darkweb is a call for sanity in the digital age:

  • social media providers must make systemic changes for young users safety
  • parents need to regulate their kids’ screen time and social media use
  • society can optimize the benefits of the Internet only by reducing its shadow of social, ecological and health hazards.

Lightweb Darkweb highlights children’s developmental needs as a key missing consideration in the digital revolution. The result is a much-needed book for our times.

Red Hood Project
We are proud to be a founding partner of this grassroots movement to make social media safe for young users.

  Follow on Twitter at @RedHoodProject and #reformSM
  Facebook page:

The four areas where we advocate for change are:

1. Age verification
2. Disabled location and web browser tracking
3. Default privacy settings
4. Firewall protection for children’s data online

Read more about the Red Hood Project

Should Facebook do more to protect kids?
Internet Safety on CBC Radio show "Q"

Red Hood Project Calls for Industry Response to Parsons Tragedy
Thursday April 11, 2013 - For Immediate Release

In the wake of the Rehtaeh Parsons tragedy, the Red Hood Project calls for industry and government to act immediately to protect children from online exploitation.

The photographing, texting and posting on Facebook of the gang rape of a child are unspeakable violations of our standards of decency.  The Red Hood Project calls for the urgent overhcalaul of consumer protection, product liability, and corporate social responsibility in social media and mobile technology to meet a standard of safety by design. Read more... 

For Full pdf press release click here

Amanda Todd's mother plus other signatories call on Facebook to block child predators - The Vancouver Observer

DOWNLOAD - the open letter to Facebook

VIDEO - Raffi launches child protection project after Amanda Todd suicide

ARTICLE - Amanda Todd Suicide Inspires Raffi's Red Hood Project - Huffington Post

OpEd- OpEd by Raffi Cavoukian and Sandy Garossino - Social Media Profiteers Owe Children Safety by Design. The Tyee

Remembering Amanda: Protecting kids online
October 9, 2013 – Raffi Cavoukian

Remembering Amanda: Protecting kids online
October 9, 2013 – Raffi Cavoukian






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