On Wednesday, November 15th, we welcomed Ms. Sonja Ferrera from the Nova Scotia Department of Justice to our Junior Assembly. She gave a relevant and candid presentation on “Social Media, Cyber-safety and the Law”. After pointing out the advantages of student Internet use, Ms. Ferrera highlighted some of the dangers. A compelling video made the dangers of sharing information online very clear. Cyberbullying was also defined and discussed, and the effects of cyberbullying were presented. The legal ramifications of requesting, posting and sharing intimate images also were made clear.
Snapchat and “Snap maps” (location sharing maps) were discussed, with an emphasis on using appropriate settings to keep information private. Everyone present became much more informed, knowledgeable and empowered, learning ways to protect themselves and their friends online while safely enjoying the Internet. We are grateful to Ms. Ferrera for making us all take note of important online safety. The presentation was very much in sync with lessons taught in our Computer and Health classes. The takeaway is clear: be alert, cautious and knowledgeable, and your online experience can be amazing.