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Protect Teens Via Safer Internet Day: Canadian Centre for Child Protection Offers New Resources

This video presents “How was your day? #youtharenotalone.”

Today is Safer Internet Day!

  • Safer Internet Day is aimed primarily at children and young people across the world.
  • The goal of Safer Internet Day is to promote the safe and responsible use of online and mobile devices, and this year’s theme is Let’s create a better Internet.
  • The Government of Canada has the following tips to create a better internet:
    • Be aware of the potential consequences of your actions online.

      • Always assume that anything you do online can be traced back to you. You are accountable for your actions.
    • Take security measures to protect yourself and your personal information.

      • On social networks, set your privacy settings to the highest level available and be mindful of the amount of personal information you share with others.
    • Be respectful to other users online.

      • Interaction is a defining feature of the Internet, and online courtesy creates a more positive experience for everyone.

“According to recent surveys, 60 per cent of children and teenagers talk in chat rooms on a daily basis. Some children, many of whom are willing to share personal information online about themselves and their family, will be targeted by a predator. That’s why Safer Internet Day is focused on protecting children online this year.

D/Sgt. Kimberly Scanlan, head of the Toronto Police Service Child Exploitation Section said police are doing a lot more educational outreach with students about keeping safe online. She said teens have to be aware of what they put online and to be particularly careful when giving out personal information.”

Toronto Police Service – Community Safety

The following video presents “International Safer Internet Day | @TorontoPolice Child Exploitation Section.”

  • Streamed live on Tuesday, February 11, 2014
    • @TorontoPolice News Conference, re: International Safer Internet Day
    • Toronto Police Sex Crimes Unit – Child Exploitation Section 416-808-8500
  • On Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., in the media gallery at headquarters, Detective Constable Michele Bond, Sex Crimes, Child Exploitation Section, launched International Safer Internet Day.
    • In support of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection’s new guides, the Toronto Police Service addressed how parents can help better protect their children online.
    • Constable Victor Kwong, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Michele Bond, Sex Crimes.

Canadian Centre for Child Protection provides the following new educational resources to help address growing concerns related to the online sexual exploitation of teens:

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Teen Safety Alert: When Texting “Think Before You Press Send”

Teen Safety Alert: "Think Before You Press Send"
Teen Safety Alert: "Think Before You Press Send"

Manitoba News Release

February 8, 2011

SEXTING NEW THREAT TO TEXT-MESSAGE SAFETY, NEEDS TEEN, PARENT AWARENESS: MACKINTOSH

In the wake of the phenomenal rise in texting by teens as a main way to communicate with each other, there is a serious risk to youth who send nude photos, Family Services and Consumer Affairs Minister Gord Mackintosh said today.

Mackintosh urged teens to “think before you press send.”

Today is international Safer Internet Day, which reminds parents of the importance of teaching their children about online safety.