June 20, 2014
WINNIPEG, MB: In response to recent suspicious incidents involving children across the country the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (Canadian Centre) would like to provide parents and caregivers with information to help safeguard children. Canadian Centre’s Reduce Your Child’s Risk of Abduction safety sheet will help adults become more aware of risks in order to help protect children from potential harm.
“‘Stranger Danger’ has often been used as a safety strategy for kids, however we know it’s outdated and ineffective,” says Noni Classen, Director of Education at the Canadian Centre. “A fear of strangers is not the best approach to protect children from victimization. Instead we need to teach children not to go anywhere with anyone without first receiving permission from their parents or guardians.”
With the arrival of warmer weather, children will be playing outside more frequently. It’s important for parents and caregivers to take time to review safety strategies with children, such as: ‘If you’re asked to go and your parents don’t know, SHOUT NO!’ employing the buddy system and trusting their instincts, if someone makes them feel uncomfortable they should ‘SHOUT NO! Run and tell someone.’
The goal of the Canadian Centre is to reduce child victimization by providing programs and services to the Canadian public. The Canadian Centre is able to provide information and resources to enable families to adapt cutting edge safety strategies that will help keep kids safe. Drawing from many sources, such as our operation of Cybertip.ca, the national tipline for online child sexual exploitation, as well as our partners in law enforcement and educators, the Canadian Centre is able to equip parents and communities with information about the latest trends in child sexual exploitation and provide resources to help protect children.
One of the best ways for parents to stay informed throughout the summer is by signing up for Cybertip.ca Alerts – a new notification system that offers vital information to the public concerning technology trends and new resources designed to increase children’s personal safety. Visit Cybertip.ca to sign-up today!
The goal of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (www.protectchildren.ca) is to reduce child victimization by providing programs and services to the Canadian public. Its four national programs include Cybertip.ca (www.cybertip.ca), Canada’s tipline to report the online sexual exploitation of children; MissingKids.ca (www.missingkids.ca), a national missing children resource and response centre; Kids in the Know (www.kidsintheknow.ca), an interactive child personal safety program for children in Kindergarten to Grade Nine; and Commit to Kids (www.commit2kids.ca), a program to help child-serving organizations create safer environments for the children in their care and reduce their risk of sexual abuse.
If you are a member of the media and would like to arrange an interview with one of our spokespeople please contact our communications team:
Communications, Canadian Centre for Child Protection