textED.ca is an initiative of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection Inc., a national charitable organization dedicated to the personal safety of all children. Our goal is to reduce child victimization by providing programs and services to the Canadian public. The Canadian Centre for Child Protection operates three national programs: Cybertip.ca, Canada’s national tipline for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children; Kids in the Know, a safety education program designed to empower children and reduce their risk of victimization; and Commit to Kids, a program to help child-serving organizations create safe environments for children.
What is the objective of the website and how does textEd.ca meet those objectives?
textED.ca is an innovative and interactive website designed to teach Canadian teens how to be safe, responsible and respectful users of texting technologies. The goal of textEd.ca is to build teens’ skills to be able to handle difficult situations they encounter using cell phones and make responsible decisions. Topics include friendship, relationships, dealing with stress and break-ups. The textED.ca website incorporates games, quizzes, discussion pages, downloadables and other fun tools to help them navigate through the issues in an age appropriate and engaging way.
Who is the target audience for the website?
textED.ca is geared towards Grade 7 and 8 students in Canada. The site provides teachers with a series of safety lessons and the website content to help guide students through respectful conduct when texting, and teaching them life skills that will allow them to fully benefit from what is now a very public, technological world. The lesson plans are matched to curricula outcomes for each province.