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September 2016

Canadian Centre for Child Protection
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is a national charity dedicated to the personal safety of all children. Our goal is to reduce the incidence of missing and sexually exploited children while educating the Canadian public about ways to keep children safe.
Image: Cybertip Awareness Day 2016 Awareness Day Awareness Day is September 26! is Canada’s tipline for reporting the online sexual abuse and exploitation of children. Awareness Day informs the public about risks to children and calls Canadians to action to help keep children safe. Tips from Canadians like you help protect children from sexual abuse. You can help keep children safe from online abuse and exploitation by reporting any concerning behaviour or online content to, and by sharing the Canadian Centre for Child Protection’s social media posts on September 26. Watch for our billboards this fall encouraging Canadians to help protect children from sexual abuse.

Understanding why youth run away

In Canada, the majority of reported missing children are runaways. Youth generally run away to gain control over some aspect of their lives, be it a family-related issue or a personal issue. Family dynamics have a strong influence on a youth’s life, and trouble with family can feel overwhelming to a youth who is already experiencing the challenging issues that accompany adolescence. Children in care are at an even greater risk of running away because often they haven’t had the opportunity to develop stable, secure relationships with caregivers. For more information on why youth run away, including prevention and intervention strategies to assist families, click here.

Commit to Kids online training now available

Our Commit to Kids program now offers an opportunity for professional development. The Commit to Kids online training teaches individuals in child-serving organizations how to help keep kids in their care safe from sexual abuse. Users can complete the modules at their own pace to learn about why child-serving organizations are vulnerable to incidents of child sexual abuse and what employees and volunteers can do to help protect kids. The knowledge validation test and certificate of completion ensure that employees and volunteers understand their role in creating child-safe environments and reporting concerning behaviour. To preview the online training and learn more about pricing, click here.

Children and supervision

Supervision is directly related to increasing a child’s personal safety. The amount of supervision that a child requires can depend on factors such as age, development, needs and individual characteristics, as well as the environment the child is in. Decisions about supervision can be difficult – especially during more challenging stages like adolescence, where youth are seeking independence, but still often need help making safe and healthy choices. Use the new tips for parents/guardians and caregivers on our Kids in the Know website to help guide decisions about healthy supervision for all age levels.

Updates and a new activity book for Kids in the Know

Each year, we update elements of our Kids in the Know interactive safety education program for classrooms to ensure that we’re equipping educators with the most current safety information. Our latest updates to the Grade 3 to 6 programs include an exciting new activity book for students in Grades 3 and 4 called Safety Rocks. Olivia and Jack, the main characters, help teach students about emotions, boundaries, safe grown-ups, safety habits and other topics that form the foundation of child personal safety. Ask your child’s school for Safety Rocks and other age-appropriate activity books to complete at home with your child, or download Safety Rocks (PDF) here.

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ISSUE # 4      |      September 2016

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