Personal Safety and the Role of Technology

Educators play such an important role in the lives of children. The very nature of their day-to-day interactions with children puts them in a very special position to build on the safety skills children may be learning at home — particularly with regard to safety around the use of technology. As it can be difficult to continuously keep up with new technologies, Kids in the Know is committed to providing current educational material about how to keep children safe while online. Lessons are designed to address the content children may be exposed to online; the contact children have with adults or peers that may be inappropriate in nature; and the conduct of youth online that may cause harm to either themselves or another person.

Kids in the Know offers specific lessons about the role and potential impact of technology on children in order to better protect them. These include:

K - Grade 1

  • OKAY and not okay secrets
  • Public vs. Private Behaviour
  • Going to adults for help
  • Trust your INSTINCTS
  • Labelling Feelings

Grade 2

  • What's OKAY and NOT OKAY
  • KEEP vs. SPEAK secrets
  • Labelling Feelings
  • Safe Adults

Grade 3

  • Public and private information
  • Emotions
  • Friendship (what it is and isn't)
  • KEEP vs. SPEAK secrets
  • Safe Adults

Grade 4

  • Zoe and Molly Online games
  • Luring
  • Be careful what you share online
  • Friendship (what it is and isn't)

Grade 5

  • Internet awareness
  • Create safe profiles
  • Trust your INSTINCTS
  • Common Lures
  • Friendship (what it is and isn't)
  • Safe Adults
  • Emotions

Grade 6

  • Threats online
  • Common lures
  • Healthy relationships
  • Internet safety
  • How to get help

Grade 7

  • Cell phone safety
  • Picture permanence
  • Knowing the line
  • Luring
  • Respect yourself
  • Healthy relationships
  • Emotions

Grade 8

  • Cell phone safety
  • Picture permanence
  • Respect yourself
  • Knowing the line
  • High risk behaviour
  • Healthy relationships
  • Emotions

Grade 9

  • Respect yourself — social networking
  • High risk behaviours
  • Dating awareness
  • Love and control
  • Emotions

Technology is an integral part of children’s lives; the online and offline worlds have merged.

  • Situations that arise online continue offline.
  • Situations that arise offline continue online.

Kids in the Know is here to help:

A child accidentally come across sexually explicit content by incorrectly typing in a website address into a web browser. The 9-year-old girl is very upset and distraught (as she is not developmentally ready to manage the graphic material).

Kids in the Know lessons address subjects such as what to do if you come across content online that makes you feel uncomfortable and how to identify a safe adult in your life who you can go to for help in those times.

An offender shares sexually explicit material with a 13-year-old boy in attempt to groom him and normalize the sexual behaviour.

Kids in the Know lessons address issues such as healthy and unhealthy behaviour, the role of an adult, and the difference between respecting and breaking boundaries in order to empower children and youth with the skills and ability to recognize inappropriate behaviour.

An offender uses a variety of tactics to manipulate a 15-year-old girl. The offender begins with flattery, love, and gifts, and then progresses to threats when the teenager does not comply with his demands.

Kids in the Know lessons address such issues as common lures used by offenders, the difference between a healthy friendship/relationship and an unhealthy friendship/relationship, what to do if someone you meet online asks for personal information, and what to do if someone you meet online requests to meet up in-person.

A teenager shares an intimate image with her boyfriend. The image is then shared and distributed among peers resulting in bullying and harassment.

Kids in the Know lessons address issues such as risks with sharing personal information online, understanding high-risk behaviour, and being able to identify the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships.