Tuesday, April 4, 2017

On line protection the theme this week for SD52 students

Knowing how to navigate the Internet safely will be the subject for all grade levels at School District 52 this week, as the District brings in "The White Hatter Team" to offer up a program dedicated to online safety.

The team was formed by Darren Laur, a now retired, former Staff Sergeant with the Victoria Police Department, who has taken a program that he once used on the Island to expand his online safety message.

Through his work and the nature of the presentations that they make to schools and community groups, they have gained a reputation for their engaging methods in their presentations on Social media.

The White Hatter's have taken the safety message to over 400 schools, with 325,000 students in Canada and the U.S. hearing how they can still enjoy the Internet while taking steps to protect privacy and personal safety.

Laur's son Brandon is part of the "The White Hatter" lineup and since the focus is on the Internet, he took to twitter this morning, making note of the three days ahead for students of the School District.

Students at the SD52 schools may be surprised to see just how easy it is to build a profile of them from their online activity and to help get that message across, the The White Hatters do their research on the community before they even arrive.

And while not embarrassing anyone publicly, they do show students how to protect their personal information and stay away from danger areas related to Internet usage.

You can review what the program has achieved through its work to this point from the Personal Protection Systems website.

A sample of what is ahead for SD52 students this week can be found from the video presentation below:

Some  background on how the program has been received in other communities can be found below.

Cybsersecurity expert gives practical advice, security tips to Peninsula School District students and parents
Talk to kids about online Safety expert says
Safety and fun collide for Chilliwack expo
"White hat' Internet hacker empowers parents and students to stay safe

The White Hatters will be in Prince Rupert through the week, providing safety instruction at all  District elementary schools, as well as at Prince Rupert Middle School and Charles Hays Secondary.

Parents and others with an interest can also take in a session, set for Wednesday Night at the Lester Centre taking place from 6:30 to 8:30 PM

That session is sponsored by the Prince Rupert Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Local Action Team.

For more items related to School District 52 see our archive page here.

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