After the October 2012 Amanda Todd teen suicide, the Centre launched an Internet Safety program to help parents, educators and youth to engage social media safely and with discernment. We hosted three Internet Safety events on Salt Spring Island. With Raffi, we co-founded the Red Hood Project (see more below). Raffi co-authored an Open Letter to Facebook, and an Op Ed. On the critical to reform social media, Raffi wrote Lightweb Darkweb.
Lightweb Darkweb makes the case for the critical need to reform social media, especially for young users. Its author, Raffi Cavoukian, the renowned singer, Raffi, is also a writer, systems thinker, and founder of the Centre For Child Honouring. He offers three reasons for social media reform: safety, intelligence, and sustainability. A response to the suicide of Vancouver teen Amanda Todd after years of online harassment, and dedicated to her, Lightweb Darkweb is a call for sanity in the digital age:
- social media providers must make systemic changes for young users safety
- parents need to regulate their kids’ screen time and social media use
- society can optimize the benefits of the Internet only by reducing its shadow of social, ecological and health hazards.
Lightweb Darkweb highlights children’s developmental needs as a key missing consideration in the digital revolution. The result is a much-needed book for our times.
Red Hood Project
We are proud to be a founding partner of this grassroots movement to make social media safe for young users.
The four areas where we advocate for change are:
1. Age verification
2. Disabled location and web browser tracking
3. Default privacy settings
4. Firewall protection for children’s data online
Read more about the Red Hood Project
Should Facebook do more to protect kids?
Internet Safety on CBC Radio show "Q"
Red Hood Project Calls for Industry Response to Parsons Tragedy
Thursday April 11, 2013 - For Immediate Release
In the wake of the Rehtaeh Parsons tragedy, the Red Hood Project calls for industry and government to act immediately to protect children from online exploitation.
The photographing, texting and posting on Facebook of the gang rape of a child are unspeakable violations of our standards of decency. The Red Hood Project calls for the urgent overhcalaul of consumer protection, product liability, and corporate social responsibility in social media and mobile technology to meet a standard of safety by design. Read more...
For Full pdf press release click here
DOWNLOAD - the open letter to Facebook
Remembering Amanda: Protecting kids online
October 9, 2013 – Raffi Cavoukian