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Public Engagement

The DIY: Digital Safety team includes scholars and students with expertise across a range of topics, including:

  • Algorithms

  • Artificial intelligence

  • Cyberbullying

  • Dating apps

  • Gender

  • Law and policy

  • LGBTQ+ issues

  • Masculinity

  • Media literacy

  • Menstruation

  • Online harms

  • Parenting

  • Pornography

  • Restorative justice

  • Sex education

  • Sexting

  • Sexual violence

  • Social media

  • Teaching

  • Tech safety

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We offer training sessions and workshops on the above topics, and we tailor them to different populations, including youth, parents, educators, and service providers.


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In the Media

Hundreds charged in Ontario for child online sexual abuse

Christopher Dietzel discusses recommendations for navigating the online world for teens and their caregivers amidst the rise of TFSV with CBC Radio London.

Here's what parents need to know about the "manosphere" of far-right content targeting boys online

Kaitlynn Mendes discusses the influence of the manosphere on boys and their online experiences, and she offers suggestions for how parents can address potential issues with social media.

Expert: Instagram cracks down on teen sextortion

Christopher Dietzel offers an expert opinion about Instagram’s new features that aim to address financial sextortion of teens.

What experts think the government should do when it comes to kids and social media

Kaitlynn Mendes says governments and educators should teach children digital literacy skills and how to manage their behaviour and feelings on social media rather than simply ban the devices or platforms.

Students appear nude in AI-altered photos at London, Ont. high school

Kaitlynn Mendes is interviewed about students using AI to generate nude photos of their peers.

Canada tabled it's Online Harms Act. What's in it?

Christopher Dietzel discusses the content of Bill C-63, Canada’s proposed online harms bill.

Workshops and
Public Talks

Children's Voices: The Empowerment and Inclusion of Children in the Response to Online Child Sexual Exploitation

The DIY: Digital Safety team talks with Public Safety Canada about empowering children with information, tools, spaces for their voice to be heard will aid in their own protection against sexual exploitation.

Technology-Facilitated Gender-Based Violence Among Teens

The DIY: Digital Safety team, in collaboration with The Learning Network, presents about technology-facilitated gender-based violence among teens.

Lanark County Youth Conference

Christopher Dietzel presents about online harms and digital safety at a two-day conference for high school students.

Academic Conferences

  • Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR)

  • Canadian Communication Association (CCA)

  • Canadian Sociological Association (CSA)

  • European Conference on Domestic Violence (ECDV)

  • International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)

  • International Communication Association (ICA)

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