Matt, a Calgary Junior High student
sent the same text to 12 different girls with the message, “I’m looking for a girlfriend – interested?
Send me some photos of you!” What he didn’t expect was that night each of the girls would respond back with inappropriate photos of themselves. The next day at school, Matt shared one photo with just one friend through a text. His friend shared it with two of his friends on Facebook and within the day the photo had gone viral throughout their school, and even shared across other schools. When the girl in the photo found out this happened, she was devastated; her world had changed overnight.
The Shaw Centre for Digital Wellness and Leadership teaches youth the skills they need to stay safe online.
Participants are invited to complete five digital activities to test their safety knowledge including checking to see how secure their passwords are, seeing if they can recognize suspicions emails, learning how to build a safe social media profile, and the importance of mental wellness in an online world.