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Podcast series on digital citizenship and mental wellness


Coffee Talk or on a Walk: A Podcast for Parents and Guardians on Digital Citizenship and Mental Wellness is a series of three podcasts that explores the negative and positive impacts that social media is having on our young people’s mental wellness, cyberbullying, and digital citizenship and the law. Each episode features local experts and gives parents tips on how to help their children navigate online content and social media.

Episodes will be released weekly, starting the week of October 23, during Media Literacy Week. 

Listen or download episodes on this page, or listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify.

Episode 1: Let’s RAP about Cyber Bullying: Tips for Parents and Students

In this episode, Restorative Action Program (RAP) representatives Darren Bohmann and Dean Rutten discuss cyberbullying and the impact it has on students. The conversation explores different tactics that are used when students are the target of cyberbullying and provide some tips on how parents and caregivers can support children.

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Episode 2: Social Media's Impact on the Mental Wellness of Children & Youth: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!

In this episode, Dr. Maryam Mehtar assists in our understanding of both the negative and positive impacts that social media is having on our young people's mental wellness, and tips for caregivers to minimize the negative effects that social media may have on children and youth. Additionally, this episode will refer to the authentic results from a GSCS Survey completed by youth in Grades 6-12 regarding their reality of social media usage.

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Episode 3: Help! What do I do if my child is in trouble? Digital Citizenship and the Law

In his work as a School Resource Officer (SRO), Sergeant James Wilde sees first hand the negative impacts of social media, communication tools, and the misuse of these platforms. SROs respond to concerns from online harassment or threats to more serious offences involving weapons or sexual assault. In this episode we will be discussing ways that parents can support their children in making positive decisions with respect to social media and digital communication. Topics will include: sharing of intimate images and the ramifications of doing so; how parents, students, school and police can work together to create safe spaces for all students; and our digital footprint and the impact that can have in our lives will also be discussed.

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