The Sault Ste. Marie Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is supporting International Safer Internet Day (SID) and cyber safety awareness.
Every February, people and organizations in countries around the world join together for SID to promote safe and responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people.
Safer Internet Day is an opportunity to remind young people, parents and seniors of the potential threats they may encounter when using the internet, social media, email and their mobile devices. SID also provides awareness of resources to assist in preventing crime and victimization.
Here are some ways to keep our children safe:
Let your child know that they can talk to you about anything they encounter online, without fear of losing internet privileges or getting in trouble.
Remind your child that information online can often be inaccurate.
Make sure your child knows you are monitoring their online activities. This will help them maintain appropriate behaviour.
Talk to your child about the public nature of the internet and how easily they can lose control of content.
Explain that they need permission from someone before sharing their videos/images online.
Discuss sharing images/videos and remind your child that you will be there to help, even if they have done something you don’t like.
The OPP is encouraging everyone to apply the T.H.I.N.K. test before posting or sending a cyber message or photo.
T. is it true?
H. is it hurtful?
I. is it illegal?
N. is it necessary?
K. is it kind?
For more information, the following sites may provide some assistance:
Get Cyber Safe
Kids Help Phone – Cyberbullying
Kids Help Phone – Bullying
PREVNet – For kids
PREVNet – For teens/youth
PREVNet – For parents
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre