Safer Internet Day is today.

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While the Internet can be an incredible social and educational tool, children’s online safety depends on parents/guardians taking a proactive approach to help protect their children from online sexual exploitation. As children grow and the Internet evolves, the activities children undertake online change as well. As it can be difficult to keep up with online developments, Cybertip.ca is committed to providing the public with current and age-appropriate information and resources to help educate Canadians about how to keep children safe while online.

Tuesday, Feb.9, 2021 is the 18th edition of Safer Internet Day with actions taking place right across the globe. With a theme of “Together for a better internet”, this day calls upon all stakeholders to join together to make the internet a safer and better place for all, and especially for children and young people.

Watch the video in the link below for an overview of Safer Internet Day 2021 featuring Bill Dickson, OPP Media Relations, Lindsay Lobb Policing Relations Liaison for the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, and Sharon Hanlon, Detective S/Sgt.,OPP. The Canadian Centre for Child Protection (@CdnChildProtect on twitter) is a national leader in the protection of Canada’s children.

https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1YqJDeArVeaxV

Whether you are a young person, a parent or caregiver, a teacher or an educator, a policy maker, or whether you represent an organization or industry, everyone has a role to play in creating and maintaining a better online world.

Cybertip.ca is Canada’s tipline to report the online sexual exploitation of children. Operated by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, Cybertip.ca’s mandate is to protect children from online sexual exploitation by:

  • Receiving and processing tips from the public about potentially illegal material, as well as activities regarding the online sexual exploitation of children, and referring any relevant leads to the appropriate law enforcement agency and/or child welfare agency;
  • Providing the public with information and other resources, as well as support and referral services, to help Canadians keep themselves and their families safe while using the Internet.

Over the last few years, there has been a significant increase in the number of reported cases of young people involved in self/peer exploitation. This type of exploitation, coined in the media as “sexting”, is generally defined as youth creating, sending or sharing sexual images and/or videos with peers via the Internet and/or electronic devices. In an effort to manage this growing social problem, The Canadian Centre for Child Protection have created resource guides for school personnel and families impacted by a self/peer exploitation incident.

The self/peer exploitation resource guides are designed to assist schools, school-based police officers, and families in addressing incidents of self/peer exploitation.

The Resource Guide for Schools provides schools with a framework on how to respond if a self/peer exploitation incident occurs with students in the school.

The Resource Guide for Families is intended to help families of youth who have had a sexual image/video of them shared with peer(s) and families of youth who have shared an image/video of a peer with others. The guide provides practical guidance for:

  • supporting your child addressing the situation
  • reducing the potential negative impact on your child
  • minimizing your child’s involvement in this type of activity

There is much more information available on how to support a safer internet found here.