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Darren Laur
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"The White Hatter"
"The White Hatter"

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Banning Cellphones and Social Media in Schools Here’s Another 8 Step Option

I disagree with the banning of cellphones at Jr and Sr High school, so here's an article I wrote wot share some alternative steps teachers and principals can take:

https://www.thewhitehatter.ca/single-post/Banning-Cellphones-and-Social-Media-in-Schools-HereE28099s-Another-8-Step-Option
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The White Hatter Medallion Project

In celebration of being in business for 25 years, we want to recognize those tweens, teens and adults who go that extra mile to help others online and offline. We have designed and commissioned “The White Hatter Medallion”. This two sided, individually numbered medallion has the White Hatter logo on one side, and a black and white ribbon on the other, signifying internet/social media safety and digital literacy. The Latin phrase Semper Ibi, which means always there, is a promise that we make to everyone who hears us speak; that being, “if you need help, and don’t know where to turn, you can connect with us any time, day or night. We will always be there for those who need our help, when it comes to online and offline safety concerns”. We also know, because we have personally met them in our international travels, that there are tweens, teens and adults who believe as we do, and are committed to making a positive difference online, and will go that extra mile to help others without wanting any recognition of doing so. These individuals are the humble digital sheepdogs that walk amongst us, at times a protector, and at other times a mentor.

We are excited about this project, we want to recognize others who themselves have become White Hatters, it is our a way to say thank you. These tweens, teens and adults have learned to become upstanders rather than bystanders in this digital world, and for their efforts, we wish to recognize these extraordinary and outstanding people by presenting them with the White Hatter Medallion.


Darren, Beth and Brandon Laur
The White Hatter Team
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Are you a parent considering purchasing a cell phone for your child, here a Blog I wrote on this issue called, "Is My Child Ready For A Cell phone" enjoy the read and please share it with others:

https://www.thewhitehatter.ca/single-post/Is-My-Child-Ready-For-A-Phone
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Here's a blog posting I wrote today that was spawned by a teen who recently connected with me given that she had been targeted/catfished online. I was able to learn the true identity of this person in less than one minute. Here's the process that I use to help identify a person's true identity: goo.gl/tGZVoP
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Our company's goal: to disrupt, transform & redefine how we educate tweens & teens re Social Media safety & digital citizenship. As schools who have heard us speak will attest to, we are NOT your average presenter who provides school assemblies with ROTE, and often dated, information . We want students to laugh, cry and more importantly think about what they are doing online. We connect with participants at an emotional, psychological and physical level. We love what we do and how we do it, and so do the students, school staff, teachers, principals, parents and law enforcement who have heard us speak on this topic. Don't just believe us, read their comments here:

http://www.personalprotectionsystems.ca/feedback.html


Give us a call to book one of our multi-award winning Internet/Social Media safety presentations for your school or organization. We have presented throughout Canada and the United States.
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Attention Schools, Principals, Educators, School Resource Officers and PAC's.....you asked for it, we listened and have now created several "NEW" Internet / Social Media safety and digital literacy programs, as follow-ups to our very popular "Internet and Social Media Safety For Jr/Sr High Schools", that will be available starting the new school year:

"Internet / Social Media Safety and Digital Literacy for Elementary Schools" (Gr 4-5).

http://www.personalprotectionsystems.ca/internet/internet-safety-elementary.html


"How Students Can Leverage Social Media For College, University and Career Opportunities": (Gr 11-12 and University level)

http://www.personalprotectionsystems.ca/internet/how-to-leverage-social.html


"Internet and Social Media Pro D For Educators Level 1, Level 2. Level 3". Choose one or package for a discount

http://www.personalprotectionsystems.ca/internet/internet-safety-educators.html


"The Personal Digital Dossier Audit for students getting ready to go onto College, University or Applying for an Internship or job":

http://www.personalprotectionsystems.ca/internet/digital-dossier-audit.html


In addition to these newly created Social Media training programs, as always we continue to update all our current multi award winning programs that our company offer !!!!

We have already booked over 50 programs for the new school year, and our training calendar is filling up quickly. So if you are a School, Principal, Teacher, School Counsellor, School Resource Officer or PAC looking for award winning training in the area of Internet/Social Media Safety and Digital Literacy, then we have what you are looking for.
Bring us in and experience why over 360 schools and 278,000 Jr/Sr high school students across Canada and the United States have stated that our presentation is the BEST they have heard. Don't just believe us, here's their own feedback:

http://www.personalprotectionsystems.ca/feedback.html

Looking Forward to sharing our Social Media Safety and Digital Literacy programs with all of you in the 2016/17 school year !!!

Regards:
Darren, Beth and Brandon
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Finding A Balance For The Generation Z Babysitter


In today’s world, mobile is the number one way that tweens and teens connect with Social Media and each other. Given this fact, it is also a reality that those who babysit our children will likely bring their mobile device with them. Given all the research surrounding how the use of a mobile phone can distract a person from a given task, how can we parents ensure that our babysitter is not being distracted from the very important job of watching our kids, or misusing their mobile device in our homes, when we leave our house in their hands. Although accidents caused by mobile distracted babysitters are rare, they have happened: http://gawker.com/babysitter-distracted-by-facebook-lets-little-girl-drow-1059617103 So here are some thoughts to share with both the babysitter and their family:


#1) Ensure that the babysitter turns off their GPS and location sharing functions on all their Apps while babysitting at your home. There is no need to broadcast to the world where you and your family live.

#2) Ensure that the babysitter understands that under no circumstances is it appropriate to take or post pictures of your child or your home. It is important that they understand to respect your right to privacy on this issue.

#3) Do not allow the babysitter to use your families computer or Wi-Fi password. You want to ensure that you keep both your network and your operating system secure from any and all individuals outside your direct family. Remember that if the babysitter is using your Wi-Fi via their mobile, every and anything they will do, both good and bad, will be attributed to your IP address. If they wish to access the Internet or email/text messages they can utilize their own data plans. Once you get to know your babysitter and you are satisfied they are using their digital reasonably and appropriately while working, then you can give them access to your Wi-FI by creating a “visitor” online portal that they can use.

#4) Provide your phone number and email address should the babysitter need to connect with you via voice or texting Apps

#5) Explain to them to be mindful and focus on your child, rather than their mobile or tech, while the child is awake. If the child is a sleep, then like watching TV or doing homework, if chatting via mobile, ensure they are advised to take time to check up on your child, say every fifteen minutes, and not to wear ear earphones or buds while using their tech. Remember we will usually hear danger before we see it !!!

Although you have the right to deny the babysitter using any and all mobile tech in your home, I think in today’s world it is an unrealistic objective given that most will access once you have left the home anyways. This is why I believe in setting clear “reasonable” boundaries, when it comes to babysitters using their technology while in our homes.

I have found that most tween and teens will follow direction, you just need to clearly outline the do’s and dont’s when using their mobile devices while babysitting in your home. If you come across a babysitter that does not agree with any of the above noted guidelines, pick another one that does.

I hope this helps


Darren
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Here's a great picture of some of the students from SD#91 "Student Voices" who were responsible for bringing us in to share our message of Social Media safety with their peers:
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