Friday, February 26, 2010

Calgary online safety week kicks off

AYT? OMG! AFOAF said he gave U a KOL! RU4R?! JAM… POS

Are You There? Oh My Gosh! A Friend of a Friend Said he Gave you a Kiss on the Lips! Are you for Real? Just a Minute…Parents Over Shoulder

The code in this sentence may strike fear in the hearts of many parents simply because we do not know. Do we know the IM lingo, who they are in chat rooms with, what personal information is on their Facebook?

Calgary Online Safety week, from March 1 to 6, 2010, will endeavour to tackle those tough, online issues.

According to, 75 per cent of parents are confident that their children are using the internet in a safe manner.

The internet has revolutionized the way that we communicate on a daily basis. As the technology is evolving, the online and mobile activities of our children are changing as well.

Whether on a computer at school, a laptop at home, a games console or mobile phone, children and young people are communicating and increasingly accessing the internet whenever they can and wherever they are.

As you would protect your child in the real world, you will want to make sure that they are safe whatever they are doing.

Like learning to cross the road, online safety skills are skills for life.

If your child understands the risks and can make sensible and informed choices online, they can get the most from the internet and stay safe while doing so.
  • Learn what they are saying and what they are doing
  • Install parental controls
  • Sign a family contract
  • Keep the computer in an open area
  • Communicate
Because the internet is an environment that is shaped by those who use it, the Calgary Educational Partnership Foundation gathered like-minded organizations to ensure that the internet evolves as a positive influence in the lives of all Calgarians.

Calgary Online Safety Week 2010 will be marked with educational opportunities for parents and students. For more information on the list of activities, partners, presentations and the cyber crime contest, visit

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