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Speaker Series: Cyber Safety Starts in the Home - Paul Davis

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

One of Canada's leading speakers on Cyber Safety delivered a powerful presentation to parents and Alumni as part of the ongoing Speaker Series at Bayview Glen. Paul Davis emphasized in his presentation "The Internet Never Forgets" that technology for children is a privilege and not a right. "Accountability and responsibility starts with the parents," said Paul. "It's up to adults to set the rules on screen time, when and where devices are allowed and what social media is permitted." Paul has spoken to over 500,000 students across the country and to thousands of parents.  He stated he's not anti-technology. "Learning to code, building websites together as a family or learning how to be a game developer are all examples of appropriate use of tech."  Paul told parents they need to lead by example and model good digital habits. Most importantly, he suggested parents engage regularly with their children about their digital world and ask questions.

Top three takeaways from Paul:

1. The hand held check-in: Set daily in and out times for mobile devices.

2. Snapchat audit. Without notice, ask to see your child's Snapchat feed and ask them about their connection to each "friend".

3. Unplug cable modem in the home to limit access after designated times.

Paul Davis and Alumni in attendance