Your Connected Life: A Teen’s Guide to Life Online offers teen-tested tips and solutions for everything from balancing screen time with school work, managing relationships and reputation online, to using the Internet to find the best information on health, hobbies and homework.
“Digital media can add a layer of complexity and stress to the social and academic demands already placed on high school students,” says Cathy Wing, Co-Executive Director of MediaSmarts. “Our goal with this guide was to look at the different online issues that kids entering high school might face and to support them – in a friendly way – in managing all the different aspects of their connected lives.”
“With the increased use and dependency of technology in our lives, it is important that we develop a platform to help children and youth learn to become responsible digital citizens,” says Katherine Emberly, Vice President, Operations, Shaw Communications. “We are proud to be a part of Your Connected Life, to help youth navigate the complexities of this digital world.”
Your Connected Life covers teens’ favourite online activities and offers practical advice on a variety of issues, including: cyberbullying, recognizing unhealthy relationships, controlling online gaming, downloading and copyright, secure shopping, protecting data and privacy and finding and authenticating information online.