2013 - The Ministry of Education developed the Learning and Technology Policy framework that “describes Alberta Education’s vision for the role of technology in education and establishes a set of Policy Directions for school authorities.” The framework is an recent update to the original 2004 document. There is also a technology section in the Alberta Education website.
2018 - The Alberta Education curriculum began a multi-year curriculum overhaul and will tour many places in Alberta to get feedback from parents about future curriculum changes. In particular, there will be an emphasis placed on computational, digital, and technological skills and how to better integrate technology into the classroom.
Ongoing - In partnership with the Alberta Teachers’ Association, the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta and the College of Alberta School Superintendents, the Alberta government supports 2Learn.ca, which is a collection of digital literacy resources for K-12 students and teachers. The Alberta Government also has an Internet Savvy Training Program for individuals or groups.
Alberta Education also licensed Media Awareness Network’s digital literacy tutorials Passport to the Internet and MyWorld for all publicly funded schools. They also provide resources to K-12 educators and teachers to better integrate technology into the classroom.
Alberta Association for Media Awareness
AAMA is a non-profit association dedicated to providing education, information and leadership in promoting and improving mass media awareness and mass media education in homes, schools, colleges, universities, private sector and workplaces across Alberta.
Alberta Education is responsible for all levels of education within the province. Its Technology section contains best practice for schools, as well as information on the safety resources available to schools.
Bad Guy Patrol
Sponsored by Alberta Human Services, this website teaches children how to spot “bad guys on the Internet” by playing games and earning badges.
Cyber Smart provides cyber safety training programs for families and organizations that support children online. Their goal is to provide mentorship to children for their online usage and they work with adults to help teach them skills and tools to assist in protecting their children.
Sponsored by Alberta Human Services, S-TEAM Heroes teaches teenagers about bullying through an interactive game.
Sponsored by Alberta Human Services, wereon2u teaches kids how to spot online predators.
A Systematic Review of Social Media Use to Discuss and View Deliberate Self-Harm Acts (2016)Michele P. Dyson, Lisa Hartling, Jocelyn Shulhan, Annabritt Chisholm, Andrea Milne, Purnima Sundar, Shannon D. Scott, Amanada S. Newton
This study does a systematic review of others studies about social media platforms as used by young people, and how they discuss self-harm on these websites. Overall, they found both benefits and harms for young people to discuss self-harm on social media.
A systematic review of the use and effectiveness of social media in child health (2014)Michele P. Hamm, Jocelyn Shulhan, Gillian Williams, Andrea Milne, Shannon D Scott, Lisa Hartling
This study considers what purpose social media has for the health of children and its effectiveness, and the parts of social media that may explain how they are effective or ineffective. They do find that social media is being used in a variety of ways for child health.
Cyberbullying in those at clinical high risk for psychosis (2013)Emilie Magaud, Karissa Nyman, Jean Addington
Studies have already found similarities in the impact of bullying and cyberbullying on children. This study aims to consider the correlates of cyberbullying for those that are at clinical high risk for psychosis. They do find that it may be a problem.
Your Insights on Social Media in Alberta (2013)Insights West, 6S Marketing
An online poll surveyed 831 Albertan adults regarding their social media use.
A Review of School Board Cyberbullying Policies in Alberta (2012)Nicole Nosworthy, Christina Rinaldi
This report reviewed the cyberbullying/bullying policies of different school boards, and found that some had a bullying policy, or had a related technology or Internet use guideline. They made recommendations for more policy that would empower administrators to better handle these kind of situations.
Cyberbullying: The New Era of Bullying (2011)Ann Wade, Tanya Beran
This study considered cyberbullying in relation to sex and grade differences. They found that a substantial portion of students in Grade 6, 7, 10 and 11 were exposed to cyberbullying.
Parents’ Perception of Neighbourhood Environment as a Determinant of Screen Time, Physical Activity and Active Transport (2010)Valerie Carson, Stefan Kuhle, John C. Spence, Paul J. Veugelers
This study considers the importance of the parents’ perception of the neighborhood in relation to their children’s behaviors, such as screen time, physical activity, and active transport. They found that children who had good satisfaction from their neighborhoods were generally more likely to be physically active, engage in 2 hours or less of screen time, and be more active in going to and from school.
OmniAlberta January 2006 Survey (2006)Alberta Government
The subject of this survey is a range of Internet safety topics and measures perceived risk among respondents.
This section contains details of the province’s laws as they relate to sexual offenses, children and the use of the Internet in the commission of criminal activity. Where possible, sentence details have been given, including whether an increased custodial penalty is imposed where the victim is a child.
Legislation relating to criminal law is controlled at a federal level in Canada. All laws detailed in the Legislation section of the Canadian Federal government page would apply within Alberta.