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Digital Citizenship in the
By Brenda Blaschuk, BCSCA Member at Large for Advocacy The Digital Citizenship Workshop was facilitated by Tom Piros, District Co-ordinator of Safe Schools–Nanaimo, BC, along with three teens called Empathy Youth Leaders. This workshop was interesting as it looked at an evidence-based framework approach that examined Cyber Safety, Cyber Ethics and Cyber Security in schools. In the workshop, we were shown a community-based website called TnT-Teens Working Together, which is a safe teens network giving secondary school youth in Nanaimo/Ladysmith a cool way to stay safe in today’s world. It also provides immediate help to teens if they feel scared, worried or suicidal on a 24/7 basis. The TnT has a catchy web and mobile phone site that can
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something is wrong, like bullying or violence, they can tell someone before it happens. This type of networking allows teens to positively use social media to combat cyber bullying.
be easily loaded onto any smart phone, tablet, PC, Mac and handheld device. All that is required is to scan the site from any school based TnT posters onto their handheld device. The main purpose of this cool TnT social network is to keep kids and their friends safe, and the appealing part for students is that they can take it with them to the mall, school, parties, dates and out at night. Students learn that if they see something is wrong, like bullying or violence, they can tell someone before it happens. This type of networking allows teens to positively use social media to combat cyber bullying, violence in relationships, suicidal ideation, problems at home, gang issues, etc. with confidential 24/7 community agency support. Counsellors can check this out by visiting the website www.tntnanaimo.com and following the links. It will say “I want to report bullying” and the student would click on whether it is Urgent or Not Urgent or click on I NEED HELP NOW for a number for the RCMP, Emergency and Crisis Line number. The site helps students identify why they should call: if there is imminent danger, someone else is in danger, teen dating violence, homophobic violence etc. As you can see, a Safe Teen Social Media Network is timely, given the recent suicide in Port Coquitlam and the arrest of students in London, Ontario for cyberbullying. Nanaimo/ Ladysmith District will be launching a district cyberbullying protocol (along with threat assessment, suicide intervention, and critical incident protocols). You can obtain a copy by emailing a request to: Tom.Piros@sd68.bc.ca.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BC Counsellor - Winter 2013
Book Review: Frog or Prince?
The Fine Print
Self Regulation: An Interview with Stuart Shanker
BCSCA Conference Workshop Review
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BC Counsellor - Winter 2013