The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District recognizes our students are facing increasing challenges and pressures from social media and the Internet. While we are aware there are many positives associated with these technologies, we also acknowledge that sometimes they may be used inappropriately. Great strides in educating our students about Internet and social media safety have been made in recent years, but we believe we can and should do even more. Our Internet and Social Media Safety Program is now in its third year of instruction. Click on a topic below to view.

Student and Parent/Guardian Resources

The District is aware that many parents and guardians are unsure of the many ways their children are interacting online and how they are using the Internet in their day-to-day lives. While we do encourage all parents and guardians to review the resources being used by teachers each year and engage in discussions at home about Internet use, we recognize that the amount of information available can be overwhelming. Listed below are a number of resources specifically designed to help educate adults about the many uses of modern technology among youth.
Additional Information Resources

School Action Plan

In the 2014-15 school year, the District has introduced an Internet and Social Media Safety (ISMS) Action Plan for Grades 1 through 12 with the goal of developing both an immediate and a long-term strategy to help our teachers better inform our students about the use of modern technology. Now in its third year, the plan is derived from the Department of Education's Safe and Caring Schools Policy, 2013 and the elements of Digital Citizenship, and have been updated with all new lessons for the 2016-17 school year. The action plan is designed to provide guidance to our students on using technology, smart phones and social media and uses recommended resources to assist teachers in completing instruction on these topics. The vast majority of schools are using an online educational program and are having discussions on these topics. These efforts are expected to continue, but supplemented by the latest lessons. The District believes the more information we provide our students, the better prepared they are to face the challenges ahead. Again, to ensure they are relevant to the latest in Internet and social media trends and issues, all lessons will be updated annually and new materials for each grade category will be provided to schools.

A general outline of the topics to be covered and the resources being used are found below. For specific lesson plan information for your student, please feel free to contact your classroom teacher or school administration.


Digital Citizenship Lessons

 Grade Level  Lessons
Grades 1 to 3
  • Digital Etiquette
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Digital Communications
Grades 4 to 6
  • Digital Access
  • Digital Commerce
  • Digital Literacy
Grades 7 to Level III
  • Digital Law
  • Digital Health and Wellness
  • Digital Security

Compulsory Resources

  • MediaSmarts.ca - A Canadian, not-for-profit charitable organization for digital and media literacy. Their vision is that children and youth have the critical thinking skills to engage with media as active and informed digital citizens.

  • Youthprivacy.ca - A site available from the youth privacy section of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Here you will find a variety of resources and tools that have been designed for Canadian educators and parents/guardians.

  • Commonsensemedia.org - A resource dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice needed to thrive in a world of media and technology.

Supplementary Resources:

  • Netsmartz.org - A resource provided for parents/guardians, educators and youth from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

  • Reallifeonline.ca - An Ontario resource that aims to educate children to be safe and healthy by applying real life behaviours to life online.

  • Cybertip.ca - A resource operated by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, the site's mandate is to protect children from online sexual exploitation.

  • Kidsintheknow.ca - A safety program designed to empower children and reduce their risk of victimization with a focus on self-esteem and critical problem-solving skills.

Who Should I Speak With?
Any student who has concerns about inappropriate or questionable activity should speak with a trusted adult such as parent/guardian, family member, teacher, or police officer.

Parents/Guardians who have concerns about inappropriate or questionable online activities should discuss the matter with their children and bring it to the attention of the school and law enforcement.

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