Online Safety and Empowerment Resources

Empowerment Resources


  • UNICEF’s Digital Citizenship and Safety – This video speaks to empowerment through online communities. Link to the video:
  • HCS Digital Citizenship - A hard-hitting promotional video showing the occurrence of sexting and how privacy loss occurs. Link to the video:
  • Family Online Safety Institute: Building a Culture of Responsibility – A video describing the layers of responsibility and strategy necessary to realize youth safety while online. Link to the video:
  • Family Online Safety Institute: What’s on Your Mind? - The Challenges and Opportunities of Social Networking – A panel conversation from the Family Online Safety Institute’s 2010 Annual Conference. Length 1 hour 3 minutes. Link to the video:
  • EU Kids Online (2011) - Although not focused on school systems per se, this cross-national research, including over 25,000 student participants, is an excellent resource as one thinks about Internet use, risks and student safety. Link to the report: (see Final Report)

Instructional Resources


  • Youth Privacy - Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada - presentation packages, fact sheets, discussion topics, tools & videos, activity sheets, quizes and graphic novels.
  • NetSmartKids -  Ideal for K-3 you can present the NetSmartz Internet safety program to an entire group of children at the same time by using a computer that is connected to an LCD projector. Children can also complete computer activities through independent learning programs at their own pace on individual computers in a classroom or computer lab. There are many ways Internet safety concepts can be incorporated without formally teaching Internet safety as a separate topic.
  • Passport to the Internet for Grades 4 to 8 – Alberta Education has licensed this interactive online resource
  • MediaSmarts - The online resource, which aims Alberta Grades 4 to 8 students, provides instruction on Internet skills including online safety, privacy management and ethics. Link to the website: (Alberta students and teachers can access the resource through
  • MyWorld for Secondary Students – Alberta Education has licensed this interactive MediaSmarts resource for Alberta Grades 9 to 12 students. This online resource is designed to guide secondary students in Internet skills by simulating online experiences youth may encounter. The resource guides students in researching and authenticating online information, managing privacy and reputation, dealing with online relationships and using digital media in an ethical manner. Link to the website:
    (Alberta students and teachers can access the resource through
  • NsTeens - NetSmartz Teens is an online, interactive Internet tutorial that helps Grade 9-12 students develop the skills needed to use the Internet safely. The resources are visual and discussion based and provide an opportunity to engage students in understanding that online activities have offline consequences.
  • My Privacy, My Choice, My Life – Guidance from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada for students, teachers and parents in managing privacy. Link to the website:
  • That’s Not Cool - Conversations and resources to guide students in managing privacy in a digital world. Also offered are resources for teachers and parents of middle school and high school students. Link to the website:








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