The New Use Of Artificial Intelligence (AI) To Commit Crime

The emergence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has transformed our daily lives, enhancing efficiency and can streamline numerous tasks. AI has also disrupted traditional educational teaching methods (1). Nonetheless, as with any technological innovation, AI can be weaponized for criminal purposes, and its use in senior fraud scams (2)and kidnapping scams (3) is an alarming trend that we all need […]

What is The Deep and Dark Web?

What is The Deep and Dark Web

What Parents and Caregivers Need To Know During our student presentations over the past year, we have noted an increase in the number of questions from both middle school and high school students about the “Dark Web”. Why is this happening? – we hypothesize that media, in all its forms, is shining a light on […]

Digital Privacy Guide

Increasing Your Digital Privacy Online A Guide To Help Make Your Personal Information Less Visible by Others Online Download the PDF version Through our digital literacy and internet safety professional development programs that we provide to law enforcement, educators, and other working professionals, we have become aware of cases where problematic students, clients, and customers […]

Online Dating

TEACHING OLDER TEENS HOW TO BE THEIR OWN ONLINE DETECTIVE Many of us are aware of the term “catfishing” which was inspired by a 2010 documentary called “Catfish”. Catfishing is when a person sets up a fabricated online identity, or an entire social circle, to trick people into an emotional/romantic relationship for financial gain, to […]


Sextortion Typology It is so important that youth and teens, no matter what their sexual orientation or gender identity, and their parents become more aware of the pretexts, tactics, and strategies being used specific to the clear and present threat of online sextortion. As Sun Tzu, a wise and ancient Chinese warrior once stated, “If […]

Intimate Images, Nudes, Sexting, Deepfakes, and Sugaring

Far too often, the language and research surrounding sexting can be very confusing to parents and youth. The list of definitions below is how we classify and use terminology specific to this chapter. We believe these are the most accurate and clear definitions of these commonly used terms. Sexting Sexual communication of any kind between […]

Online Sexual Predation and Exploitation

We believe that it is important to once again emphasize that the vast majority of pre-teens and teens are doing super uber cool things online, and we adults need to start acknowledging this fact. Although the internet gives us the power to connect with people around the world, it also allows for private and immediate access […]

Cyberbullying & Digital Peer Aggression

Update: 2022-01-19 It was hypothesized by some that during COVID, bullying, and more importantly cyberbullying” would increase dramatically given that youth were moving to online learning.  Well, we are now starting to see some good evidence-based research (both here in Canada and the USA) that shows that there was in fact a decrease in face-to-face […]

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