Alberta School Act Parent Responsibilities
It is important that parents be aware of parent responsibilities outlined in the Act, section 16.2:
A parent of a student has the responsibility
(a) to take an active role in the student’s educational success, including assisting the student in complying with section 12,
(b) to ensure the parent’s conduct contributes to a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment,
(c) to co-operate and collaborate with school staff to support the delivery of specialized supports and services to the student,
(d) to encourage, foster and advance collaborative, positive and respectful relationships with teachers, principals, other school staff and professionals providing supports and services in the school, and
(e) to engage in the student’s school community.
School Act – Section 16.2 http://www.qp.alberta.ca/documents/acts/s03.pdf
Children and youth are spending more time online doing homework, playing games, updating their social networks and chatting with friends. Despite their high level of comfort and familiarity with this technology, many youth continue to engage in risky online behaviour including posting personal information like photos, the location of their school and their email address. The Government of Alberta provides many valuable resources to help educate children, youth and families about the dangers they may face online, including www.weron2u.ca, which was created specifically for teens aged 12 -17. The site includes educational games about Internet safety, information about predator tactics, safety tips and true stories. In addition, it features downloadable tools for teens to use online to let others know they are educated about online safety and they won’t be a target. Please check out http://www.thedoorthatsnotlocked.ca/ for a useful resource for students, teachers, and parents. The Canadian government also has some good articles on online safety at http://www.safecanada.ca/link_e.asp?category=3 and topic=94.
Passport to the Internet. The Alberta Government recently launched this new online resource available to schools, and aimed at students in grades 4 to 8. “Passport to the Internet” focuses on strengthen students’ understanding of using the internet safely and responsibly in today’s learning environment. Using simulations of popular online environments, the resource contains information about online safety, authenticating online information, recognizing online marketing ploys, protecting privacy, managing online relationships and dealing with cyberbullying.
For more information: www.education.alberta.ca
Links to kid and parent friendly websites The Alberta Government hosts links to websites that educate children and youth of all ages and their parents or caregivers about the dangers they face online, and how to navigate the internet more safely. Some of the links include: www.badguypatrol.ca – an interactive website for kids aged five through 10 www.wereon2u.ca – a hard-hitting website for teens www.child.alberta.ca – information for families about staying safe online Canadian Centre for Child Protection Is a registered charity dedicated to the personal safety of all children. It operates cybertip.ca and Kids in the Know.www.protectchildren.ca Cybertip.ca – a web portal for receiving and addressing reports of abuse online child sexual exploitation. www.cybertip.ca Kids in the Know – an interactive safety education program for children from kindergarten to highschool. www.kidsintheknow.ca