I hope you and your family is well and hopefully found ways to deal with the current trail.
Parents are surely overwhelmed with staying at home, faced with shopping issues, homework, help with home schooling, working from home, etc. Not an easy task.
Thank you parents for all your great work and thank you to all the members who keep the spirit of Scouting going and alive.
" Thank you "
I noticed that many groups, councils and national organizations have adopted new ways to offer a challenging and interesting program. This is great and shows that our youth and Scouters are very capable to deal with new situations and emergencies.
While we promote the outdoors, this could be an alternative for future scouting initiatives. It’s probably safe to assume that our life style, scouting, school, work
etc. will be different as we are used to. Even if we go back to the way it was, this could be an alternative for bad weather situations, group committee meeting or other leadership meetings. While this never replaces the in person meetings where we can interact, this opportunity can safe time, environment, costs, etc.
We can create new vocational groups and call them Cyber Scouts!
Now some good news. There are almost no incidents or accidents to report. (Not considering, stress, insanity, broken phones, I-Pad’s computers and gaming consoles).
Last month we have been looking into Internet Safety and this time I would like to focus on virtual scouting and video meetings.
“Virtual Scouting / Video Calls”
One of the benefits of virtual scouting is, that we have less or none of accidents to report. However it is strongly recommended that you observe privacy protection and of course to protect your health.
There are a many articles in regards to computer ergonomics but it would be to much to cover in our monthly send out.
It is easy to find some study material but I recommend checking into:
- Posture (back, neck, wrist problems)
- Equipment (right equipment in the right position)
- Schedule (How long to be on the computer, etc.)
- Breaks (don’t eat at the computer, walk away)
- Fitness (stand up do regular exercises)
- Eyes (give your eyes a break, use night mode)
- Ears (headphones, use correct volume)
- Safety (don’t forget your environment, fire, etc.)
I do not make suggestions in regards to video conferencing tools as they change constantly and their safety protocols as well.
In general, paid video conferencing tools are safer, while free platforms have its pros and cons.
Free platform usually keep the rights on everything that’s processed on their platform. Her I suggest that you use it with keeping in your mind that:
- You and your background can be seen. Watch what’s in the back or watch your dressing. You may have to get up and get some paperwork, etc.
Turn off the video if you don’t like to be watched.
- Everybody can hear what you say including background noise. Keep others and pets away and watch when you eat. Just mute the channel.
- Everything could be recorded and reposted. You have no control who is using it and for what purpose.
- Nothing you do or say can be taken back.
- Once on the network you can assume it stays there.
So having said that execute the call as it would be an in person meeting.
I have attached the Virtual Scouting Safety Tip from Scouts Canada for your reference.
Further I have attached some video conferencing etiquette guideline for your consideration.
Last but not least. The
Code of Conduct
shall be observed at any given time. A few key points:
- Two Scouter Rule
- Parents consent when needed
- Appropriate behavior
- No video recording or screen shoots taken without consent.
- No posting without approval and consent
I have attached the Code of Conduct for further reference.
“Weekly Safety Tips”
Since the operation has changed to “Scouting at Home” I didn’t receive any report in regards to accidents. However one thing that was brought to my attention and what I have observed by myself is driving.
While we have only a fraction of cars on the road, it seams that many of them have forgotten the traffic rules.
Speeding, running stop and red lights, racing, distracted driving has become a problem in curtain areas.
Many regions do not allow for gatherings, meetings and social events. If you should be able to go out while observing social distancing you may like to monitor what children, youth, elderly and other participants are doing. It’s hard to pull somebody back or out of dangers while keeping social distance.
“Vincent and I have been playing catch out in the street while the ground firms up. I can’t believe how many people are running the stop sign or driving fast. When I put out my cardboard recycling yesterday, I wrote on a big box ‘please slow down, children are playing’. It seems to be taking off…..if only I had written scouts.ca at the bottom.”
“With every child in Canada home from school, our communities are vibrant with activity. While respecting physical distancing, children and young people are finding creative ways to burn off energy and are going outside to ride their bikes or to play with their siblings and parents. With this being the current situation, it is important we remind motorists to be extra vigilant of children playing outdoors. Essentially, every community is now a school zone – please slow down.”
Week #31 Safety Report
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If you have any questions, concerns or you would like to address a certain topic please let me know.
Thank you and stay safe
Hans Uhr, DCC Safety, Shining Water Council