Parent/Guardian Resources

Are you struggling to keep up with the ever-changing world of technology?

Are you feeling under-prepared to help manage your child’s access to information online?

The Internet is a space where children mix with others and share their lives. Just as in any other area of life, you should know what your children are doing, where they're going or who they're mixing with - to ensure their safety is not compromised. A national survey of Canadian youth conducted by MediaSmarts in 20131 reported that youth identified their parents/guardians as the main source for learning about a wide range of Internet issues. When it comes to your child’s life online, your involvement matters.

Connect[ED] is here to help you familiarize yourself with what you should ask regarding your child’s life online, and to help you get more comfortable with how different online programs work - so that you can help your children make healthy and safe online choices.

Connect[ED] will help you become more involved in your child’s life online, with…

  • resources to provide you with additional information about the Internet and where to go for more support; and
  • lessons for students to complete with their parent/guardian. Look for the Parent/Guardian Lesson (Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6) to come home with your child. These have been designed to help you initiate conversations with your children about healthy online behaviour and to establish basic guidelines for the safe use of technology at home.

1MediaSmarts, (2013). Young Canadians in a Wired World - Phase III: Life OnlineRetrieved from http://mediasmarts.ca/sites/mediasmarts/files/pdfs/publication-report/summary/YCWWIII_Life_Online_ExecutiveSummary.pdf