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Empathy and Digital Awareness

Monday, January 8, 2018

As part of the Prep School day of empathy, notable public speaker and IT expert Paul Davis delivered an impactful presentation to students in grades 4 through 12 about the use of technology in our daily lives. Mr Davis has spent 27 years in Information Technology and the last six years dedicating himself to education

 

He has spoken to more than 400,000 students in North America, along with the OPP, Department of Defence, Alberta RCMP and Canada Border Service.

Mr Davis addressed issues around cyber bullying, digital citizenship and the importance of respect and kindness. He emphasized, unlike footprints on the sand that can be washed away by the ocean, a digital footprint can last for years. "Delete is a myth," said Mr. Davis. He outlined the importance of discretion when photo sharing and disabling devices that geo track a person's whereabouts.

His cyber bullying tips included:

1. Never respond.

2. Out smart the bully by gathering evidence. Capture and print the attack.

3. Report and ask for help.

4. If there is a threat of physical harm, call police.

Mr Davis discussed the benefits of an online presence including informative blogs and private photo sharing but said safety should always be the number one issue.

Students in the Prep School spent the first day back from winter break taking part in presentations, activities and workshops promoting empathy, collaboration and communication.