IF IT’S NOT OK ON THE SIDEWALK, IT’S NOT OK ONLINE

IF IT’S NOT OK ON THE SIDEWALK, IT’S NOT OK ONLINE

IF IT’S NOT OK ON THE SIDEWALK, IT’S NOT OK ONLINE   Last spring I had 75 Grade 2&3 students in a classroom for an Internet Safety presentation. The room was buzzing with energy.  Elementary kids love, like really love, talking about the Internet. At one point, I asked the students to put up their hands if they believed that spending time online was “real life”.  Not one hand went up.  The room got quiet as they thought about what I was asking. Heads slowly began to shake back and forth. I asked why spending time online, either playing games or messaging friends was not real life.  The answers were astounding…and make sense, when you’re 7 or 8 eight years old.   “Your looking at a screen, and the screen is a thing, it’s not alive.” “You may be talking to a friend, but you can’t reach out and touch them…so it’s not real life because your friend isn’t actually there.” “The computer is made of...
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Why Public Education?

Why Public Education?

  WHY PUBLIC EDUCATION?   Welcome to Saffron Centre’s Public Education Blog.  Why a blog? Because we know our stuff and we want parents to be equipped to talk to their kids about things that matter to their personal development.  There are times, however, that even the most well intentioned parents don’t know how to start a certain conversation, don’t feel knowledgeable enough on certain topics, don’t know what’s going in in the world of their child, can’t make it our to a parent presentations, or just don’t know what they don’t know.  We live in a fast paced world and it’s hard to keep up.   Our public educators spend almost all day every day in the classrooms teaching on topics like Internet Safety, Bullying, Healthy Relationships, Personal Boundaries, Harassment, Assault, and Self Image. We see things. We hear things. We have opportunities to ask questions and tease out honest answers. We have an inside track to what’s trending in the schools and on...
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