February 4, 2013
For Immediate Release
WINNIPEG, MB: This Safer Internet Day, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection reminds parents and educators why it is important to stay informed on how to keep children and youth safe online. Recognizing that many parents are feeling overwhelmed trying to keep their kids safe in today’s digital world, the Canadian Centre has developed new Internet safety resources. Information addressing healthy relationships and appropriate boundaries, online luring, as well as the growing issue of sexting, is included in the Canadian Centre’s educational activities, brochures, online resources, and e-parenting safety sheets for parents of teens.
“One of our Government’s top priorities has been to keep our streets safe while making our communities better places to live, work, and raise our families,” said Minister Toews. “This excellent initiative from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection will assist in creating awareness about cybercrime among parents while going a long way to ensuring that our children remain safe and protected from those who wish them harm.”
“We know that parents are seeking advice and information on how to address the growing challenges of raising children in a digital world. As children age, the risks they face become more complex and difficult to manage,” says Lianna McDonald, Executive Director, Canadian Centre for Child Protection. “We know that for parents and teachers it can be hard to even know where to begin and this is why we want to make sure Canadians know about our important educational resources.”
“With support from police, provincial and territorial governments, and the private sector, the Canadian Centre will be distributing over a million Internet safety resources to schools across Canada free-of-charge. In addition, the Centre will be issuing new e-parenting safety sheets (www.protectchildren.ca/saferinternetday) addressing issues and concerns parents may be facing right now with regard to their adolescent’s online safety.
The Canadian Centre also encourages parents and teachers alike to visit The Door That’s Not Locked website (www.thedoorthatsnotlocked.ca) , a comprehensive resource with age-specific Internet safety information. This includes material about the online activities that are popular with children and youth of different age groups, the potential risks children and youth face when using certain technologies, as well as ways to talk to children about the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships.
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection operates Cybertip.ca, Canada’s national tipline to report the online sexual exploitation of children. Cybertip.ca is supported by lead partners that include the Government of Canada, Bell, TELUS, Shaw, MTS Allstream and Rogers.