2018 Smart Social Campaign – free resources for schools and youth

With issues like cyberbullying, sexting and identity theft becoming more frequent, along with the fact that teenagers (and young adults) are least likely to use safe online practices despite being the heaviest users of social media, we believe it’s important to continue educating our youth on staying safe online.

In support of this endeavour, we are excited to team up with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police for the third year in a row, on the Smart Social campaign.  Serving as a reminder for our youth to be smart on social media, Smart Social is a national cyber-security campaign that engages teens and young adults on issues including cyberbullying, sexting, identity theft, and on protecting their personal, online reputation in general.

Middle, junior high, high schools and other organizations serving youth across the country are invited and encouraged to participate in the campaign by requesting free Smart Social campaign materials to post and distribute in their school common areas. Materials are available for the current school year (while supplies last) and include:

Webcam cover postcards or bookmarks (format will depend on inventory available) in either English or French (reusable stickers that can be used to cover smartphone, tablet and computer cameras when not in use)

A set of 6 bilingual Smart Social posters:

  • Smart Social Tip #1 Respect Privacy – Never share or forward intimate images of other people – it’s not your right and it can impact lives – including your own.
  • Smart Social Tip #2 End Cyberbullying – Respect yourself and respect others in both your digital and physical world. Make bullying socially unacceptable. Be the difference.
  • Smart Social Tip #3 Reduce Identity Theft – Don’t share private information on social media. Delete accounts and apps you no longer use. Use strong passwords, change them often, and never share them.
  • Smart Social Tip #4 Set Strong Passwords – Reduce the chances of having accounts hacked. Set strong passwords, don’t use a password you’ve used on other sites or apps, and always remember to log out.
  • Smart Social Tip #5 Don’t be a Bystander – Intervening when you witness cyberbullying can put an end to it and could make it hurt less.
  • Smart Social Tip #6 Ask for Help – Cyberbullying can really hurt. If someone is mean to you online don’t risk making things worse by fighting back.   Instead, save the evidence (take a screenshot if you have to), block them if you can, and talk to someone who can make you feel better.

The CACP and TELUS Wise recognize that awareness and education are critical in preventing victimization and cybercrime and are confident that this campaign will help ensure the youth in our communities have a positive online experience.

To order materials, please contact wise@telus.com (please provide shipping name, address, phone number and desired quantities). Questions about this campaign can be directed to myself at nimtaz.kanji@telus.com.