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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
News Release - Winnipeg Police Service
February 11, 2014
Safer Internet Day 2014 Resources to Help Better Protect Teens Online
In response to emerging online risks and recent tragedies involving young people in Canada it has become even more important to work together to reduce the incidence of adolescent sexual exploitation. This is why on February 11, International Safer Internet Day, the Winnipeg Police Service is letting Winnipeggers know about the comprehensive Internet safety resources and tools available through the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. These tools are available to assist parents (and teachers) make sense of how they can help youth understand online risks and better protect them in an ever-changing technological world.
"Parents and caregivers need to promote safe and responsible Internet use with their children," says Inspector Liz Pilcher, Winnipeg Police Service. "Speaking with your children about the potential dangers on the internet, as well as what they should do if they come across something inappropriate, is important. The Canadian Centre for Child Protection provides valuable resources and information on their web site."
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection, a national charitable organization dedicated to the personal safety of all children, will be releasing new educational resources to help address growing concerns related to the online sexual exploitation of teens. The "How Can Parents Keep Teens Safe from Online Sexual Exploitation?" guide will complement a new educational kit for teachers of students in Grade 7 and 8. Lessons include information about healthy and unhealthy relationships, establishing personal boundaries, and what constitutes inappropriate adult-child interactions.
"We need to do a much better job of helping kids understand when they need help, where to get that help and why it is so important to reach out to a safe adult," says Lianna McDonald, Executive Director, Canadian Centre for Child Protection. "This is why, in collaboration with law enforcement agencies across the country, we are helping to ensure that Canadians are aware of the important educational resources we have to offer to better protect youth."
Teachers also play a critical role in teens' lives and in recognition of this the Canadian Centre will be distributing over a million Internet safety materials to schools across Canada free-of-charge. Both parents and teachers alike can access age-specific Internet safety information by visiting The Door That's Not Locked website (www.thedoorthatsnotlocked.ca).
The Winnipeg Police Service also encourages parents and others to sign 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.
For further information contact either: Constable Jason Michalyshen, Public Information Officer Constable Eric Hofley, Public Information Officer Detective Sergeant Natalie Aitken, Public Information Officer