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Removing social media is not the answer for long-term growth and development, says one educator

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Walk into the bedroom of any tween or teen, anywhere in the country, and chances are pretty high that you’ll find them scrolling social media. Networks like YouTube, Instagram and TikTok have become an integral part of the experience of growing up, and given that kids today are digital natives who have never known life without the internet, you’d be hard-pressed to find a middle-schooler without at least one social media account. Even younger children who aren’t old enough to have their own accounts can navigate their way through a touchscreen as if they were born knowing how.

Parents and experts alike, however, worry about the effects of social media’s constant stream of entertainment on child development. It’s the age of instant gratification, where content can be changed with a tap or a swipe, so how do kids learn to focus on one thing at a time? Are their attention spans getting shorter? Should educators be adjusting their lessons to accommodate? “Kids by definition have short attention spans, so it’s not that social media is causing even shorter attention spans,” says Dr. Daniel Chorney, a psychologist in Halifax. “It’s that when you give kids more options to look at, they’re going to choose them. But the reality is, these kids are going to have things constantly competing for their attention, so we have to teach them now how to better isolate what’s meaningful and important. We have to teach kids to be educated consumers of knowledge.”

With this in mind, it might seem like a no-brainer to just remove social media from the classroom—many schools have a no-mobile-device policy on school grounds—and stick to traditional teaching methods, but many educators believe there is an opportunity with the integration of social media to teach kids to be judicious about content. “Removing social media is not the answer for long-term growth and development. We work to build a strong understanding of what social media is and what it is capable of,” says Garth Nichols, vice-principal of strategic innovation at Havergal College in Toronto. (Havergal even has a course called Digital Wisdom for students in Grades 5, 6, 7 and 8.) “It’s important for students to become responsible and ethical citizens who can navigate a digitally mediated world,” says Nichols. “Our teachers work with our students on the negative and positive impacts of social media, on everything from media literacy to physical health to personal branding.” Lee Vendetti at J. Addison in Markham, Ont., agrees: “Students [need to] learn to think critically, become smart consumers of products and information, recognize points of view and identify the role of media in our culture. At J. Addison, media literacy is taught in all classes.”

Chorney also adds that the application of social media in the classroom matters, and that it can provide valuable opportunities to contribute to causes, to connect with like-minded individuals to share experiences and stories and more. “It doesn’t have to just be about the scroll,” he says.

In some classrooms, gamification platforms with a social interface have also taken on a learning role. Platforms like Mathletics and Prodigy allow kids to take on lessons and advance through online games, or to challenge classmates in learning activities. “Gamification can increase student participation, social interaction and self-guided exploration when combined with other methods of research,” says Dave Treherne, elementary principal at Unionville Montessori in Markham, Ont. “It can allow students to reflect on their work, set their own goals and track their progress. During competitive games, teachers can identify areas of weakness, group and individual skill levels and overall engagement with a topic of study.”

Gamification as an education resource can be a way to engross kids and to boost their confidence, but it should be used as part of an integrated approach to engagement.  “We need to teach kids to be flexible and adaptive. If in some areas, a child requires a gamified approach to learning, because it’s creative, it’s quick, it’s short—great. Work with it,” says Chorney. “At the same time, we do need to teach kids to learn in other ways. Can they watch a 30-minute video without needing to take a break? Can they engage in a discussion project without having a screen in front of them?” The name of the game is balance. The sweet spot integrates both old-school and new-school learning, to teach our kids to be effective problem solvers and critical thinkers.

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Chinese social media users gave a hero’s welcome to Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co., as she returned to the country three years after her arrest in Canada.

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Media Release – September 25, 2021 – Guelph Police – guelphpolice.ca

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Residential Break In

On September 3rd, 2021, between 4pm and 4:49pm, three males with a white SUV were involved in a break in at a residence located near the intersection of Kortright Road East and Gordon Street in the City of Guelph. Entry was gained through an unlocked basement window.

Numerous items were taken including:
-Nikon D90 Camera With 18-200mm Lens (Valued at $1,500)

-Sony A6000 Camera In Black Rectangular Foam Case With Orange Accents (Valued at $1,300)

-99% Pure 312.5g Gold Bar With Chinese Stamped Engraving On The Back (Valued at $22,800)

-Various Chinese Silver Coins (Each valued at $150)
 
-Louis Vuitton Bag In Azure-Beige-Blue Colour And 25x14x4cm In Dimension (Valued at $900)

-Various Ancient Bronze Chinese Coin Collectables

-Cash In Canadian, American, European And Chinese Currencies
-Various Pieces Of Jewelry
-Various Electronics

The first male is described as:
-Caucasian
-Tall
-Wearing a grey/green shirt, light pants, white shoes and baseball cap
-Carrying a back pack

The second male is described as:
-Caucasian
-Short
-Wearing a blue sweater, dark grey pants, and white and black shoes
-Carrying a back pack

The third male is described as:
-Caucasian
-Wearing black shorts, black hat, white shirt and a reflective vest

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Constable Paul Hinchliffe at 519-824-1212 ext. 7408, email him at phinchliffe@guelphpolice.ca, leave an anonymous tip at CRIME STOPPERS 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit an anonymous tip online at www.csgw.tips.

The Guelph Police Service would like to encourage the public to always ensure that all the doors and windows of your residences are locked.

Stolen Vehicle Investigation

On September 4th, 2021, at 7:23pm, members of the Guelph Police Service High Enforcement Action Team observed an adult female driving a motor vehicle near the intersection of Willow Road and Edinburgh Road North in the City of Guelph without a front licence plate. A traffic stop was initiated.

Further investigation revealed that the licence plate attached to the rear of the vehicle was registered to another vehicle.

At the time of the traffic stop, police were unable to reach the registered owner of the vehicle in order to confirm whether or not the female had permission to be driving it. Ultimately the female was sent on her way and the vehicle was seized.

Prior to the vehicle being towed, an inventory was taken and several items believed to be stolen were located including:
-Financial cards
-Vehicle ownerships
-Various pieces of mail

None of the above mentioned items were in the name of either the female or the registered owner.

Police later made contact with the registered owner who confirmed that the vehicle was stolen.

On September 24th, at 10:32am, police found the female outside a residence located near the intersection of Fife Road and Wellington Street West. She was subsequently arrested.

A 37 year old Guelph female has been charged with:
-Possession Of Stolen Property Over $5,000
-Possession Of Stolen Property Under $5,000
-Occupant Of A Stolen Vehicle
-Unlawfully Possess Credit Card
-Use Plate Not Authorized For Motor Vehicle
-Driver Fail To Surrender Licence

She will appear in court on January 7th, 2022.

Update Regarding Home Invasion Investigation

On the morning of September 16th, 2021, three adult males and an adult female forced their way into an apartment in a residential building located near the intersection of Speedvale Avenue East and Stevenson Street North in the City of Guelph.

An adult male resident was struck with a firearm, and other weapons were brandished during this incident. The male resident and an adult female resident were ultimately able to lock themselves in a room and contact the Guelph Police Service for assistance. The three males and female fled on foot.

The male resident was transported to hospital, treated for his injuries and released.     

Police later located the three males inside another apartment in the building and they were subsequently arrested.

Through investigation, police identified the female involved and a warrant was issued.

This was a targeted incident and there is no concern for public safety. 

A 26 year old Guelph male has been charged with:
-Disguise With Intent
-Break, Enter And Commit Indictable Offence

He was held in custody pending a bail hearing on September 24th.

A 27 year old Guelph male has been charged with:
-Disguise With Intent
-Break, Enter And Commit Indictable Offence
-Use Firearm While Committing Offence
-Possession Of A Weapon For A Dangerous Purpose x2
-Breach Probation
-Fail To Comply With Judicial Release Order

He was held in custody pending a bail hearing on September 24th.

A 33 year old Guelph male has been charged with:
-Disguise With Intent
-Break, Enter And Commit Indictable Offence
-Possession Of Weapon For A Dangerous Purpose
-Fail To Comply With Judicial Release Order

He was held in custody pending a bail hearing on September 29th.

On September 23rd, just before 9:46am, police observed the female as a passenger in a motor vehicle driven by an adult male near the intersection of Wellington Street West and Fife Road. As police began following the vehicle, the male began driving at a high rate of speed, passing vehicles by crossing over the centre line and proceeded to run a red light at a nearby intersection. Shortly after proceeding through the intersection, the vehicle came to a stop due to mechanical issues. A traffic stop was initiated, and the male fled the area on foot.

The female was subsequently arrested.

A search incident to arrest revealed 1.18 grams of Fentanyl.

Further investigation revealed that both the vehicle and the vehicle plates were stolen.

A 30 year old Guelph female has been charged with:
-Disguise With Intent
-Break, Enter And Commit Indictable Offence
-Use Firearm While Committing Offence
-Possession Of Weapon For A Dangerous Purpose
-Assault With A Weapon x2
-Breach Probation
-Fail To Comply With OIC Undertaking
-Possession Of A Controlled Substance – Schedule I
-Possession Of Stolen Property Under $5,000 x2

She was held in custody pending a bail hearing on September 24th.

Please note that police located a second adult female in the vehicle during the traffic stop. She was also subsequently arrested.

A 23 year old Guelph female has been charged with:
-Possession Of Stolen Property Under $5,000 x2

She will appear in court on January 14th, 2022.

Police conducted a search for the male, however he was not located at that time.

On September 24th, at 11:10am police located the male at a nearby residence. He was subsequently arrested.

 A search incident to arrest revealed a small amount of Cocaine.

A 34 year old Guelph male has been charged with:
-Operate Motor Vehicle While Prohibited x6
-Dangerous Operation Of A Motor Vehicle
-Flight From Police Officer
-Red Light – Fail To Stop
-Possession Of Stolen Property Under $5,000 x2
-Possession Of A Controlled Substance – Schedule I
-Breach Probation x2

He was held in custody pending a bail hearing on September 27th.

Bitcoin Scam

On September 24th, 2021, an adult female victim received a phone call and subsequent text messages from an adult female who pretended that she was a government employee. She advised the victim that there was a warrant out for her arrest, due to a parcel that was shipped into Canada in the victim’s name containing illegal items. The victim was told that the only way to have this matter resolved was to send in all her money via a Bitcoin machine.

The female followed the instructions, and between 5:30pm and 5:49pm, deposited $4,900 into a Bitcoin machine in a store located near the intersection of Woolwich Street and Speedvale Avenue West in the City of Guelph.

She contacted the Guelph Police Service when she realized that it was likely a scam.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Constable Mason Melitzer at 519-824-1212 ext. 7278, email him at mmelitzer@guelphpolice.ca, leave an anonymous tip at CRIME STOPPERS 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit an anonymous tip online at www.csgw.tips.

The Guelph Police Service would like to remind the public that no police officer or government official will ever instruct you to deposit money into a Bitcoin machine. Please be very vigilant and cautious whenever you are speaking with someone you don’t know, especially online or over the phone. Please also seek advice from a family member, coworker, trusted friend or the Guelph Police Service at 519-824-1212 before following through on instructions received from a person that you don’t know.

School Zone Traffic Enforcement

On September 24th, 2021, at 8:07am, a member of the Guelph Police Service began conducting school zone traffic enforcement in the area of elementary schools located near the intersection of Willow Road and Westwood Road in the City of Guelph. In just over an hour, a Provincial Offence Notice was issued for disobeying a sign.

The Guelph Police Service would like to encourage the public to slow down and follow all the rules of the road to help ensure everyone arrives to their destination safely.

Calls for Service in the last 24 hours: 256

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