Innovative new resource educates kids about being safe and healthy
TORONTO, Sept. 13, 2011 /CNW/ - Kids are becoming increasingly connected
through the Internet, and issues with netiquette, cyberbullying and
security and privacy are emerging at younger and younger ages. This
fall, Ophea is launching Connect[ED]: www.reallifeonline.ca, a free online resource on Internet safety for students in Grades 4-6.
"Over 94% of Canadian children access the Internet at home. Our goal is
to help these students examine and develop their own online practices
and behaviours in the same way they would in real life situations,"
says Heather Gardner, Curriculum Consultant at Ophea. "This resource
will help children apply real life behaviour to life online."
Children need to be educated about safe online practices, educators need
support staying up-to-date with the online activities of students, and
parents need greater knowledge of the world online to be equipped to
deal with issues that may arise.
Developed with these needs in mind, this web-based resource (also
available on DVD) teaches students in Grade 4, 5 and 6 how to be safer
in an ever-changing world of technology. Connect[ED] engages kids in a fun and interactive way through video episodes and
related activities. It provides educators and parents with the tools
they need to comfortably and effectively protect their students and
children during daily online activities.
The resource will be delivered to schools across Ontario in September
and is also available online. Ophea, Kids Help Phone, the Ontario
Provincial Police and the Ministry of Education are delivering seven
regional training sessions on the resource to ensure that teachers are
supported in educating their students about Internet safety.
Connect[ED]: Real Life Online was funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education as part of their
commitment to ensure that every Ontario public school student is
educated in Internet safety. The resource was developed in partnership
with the Ontario Provincial Police, Kids Help Phone, University of
Toronto Faculty of Social Work, University of Ontario Institute of
Technology and TVOKids. For more information and to access the
resource, visit www.reallifeonline.ca
Ophea is a not-for-profit organization led by the vision that all kids
value, participate in, and make a lifelong commitment to healthy active
living. Since 1921, Ophea has been working in partnership with school
boards, public health, government, non-government organizations, and
private sector companies to support the health and learning of children
and youth through the provision of programs and services that support
healthy schools and healthy communities. To learn more, visit www.ophea.net
SOURCE Ontario Physical and Health Education Association
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