The symposium, hosted by Crime Stoppers of York Region in partnership with the York Region District School Board and York Catholic District School Board, aims to bring together youths to deliberate on strategies for fostering safe and supportive learning environments for student bodies and faculties. Key items on the agenda include issues concerning social responsibility and “Breaking the Code of Silence.”
The day of events will kick off with opening ceremonies and keynote speakers by Youth Speak. Following suit will be a series of student workshops led by the likes of Crime Stoppers, The York Centre, Kiwi Commons, and the York Regional Police.
Kiwi Commons, a national leader in Internet, will be conducting a two-part workshop, the first of which will focus on the importance of Internet safety. This workshop will introduce students to identifying online risks, while providing them with strategies on how to stay safe online. The second workshop will focus on the pervasive problem of cyberbullying among students and will discuss ways to identify and address the issue, as well as where to find help and report it.
“We’ve seen it time and time again – kids’ lives cut short, damaged futures and destroyed academic careers – all from something as preventable as a photo, wall post or text message,” said Kevin Chan, a director of Kiwi Commons. “Tragedy shouldn’t have to deliver the lesson, parents and educators should.”
By hosting workshops at this year’s symposium, Kiwi Commons hopes to bring students and teachers into a constructive and proactive dialogue, leading to more schoolwide awareness programs and prevention initiatives.
Other collaborators on the itinerary include Youth Speak, MADD, The York Centre and York Regional Police.
For more information about Kiwi’s involvement in European Safer Internet Day or the “Think Before You Post” pledge, please call Ashley Huffman, Online Communications Manager for Kiwi Commons at 905.695.5503 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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