Internet safety involves ensuring that you have the information needed to develop safe online habits.
Cyberbullying is a form of extreme bullying among youth via technology. It is abusive, targeted, deliberate and repeated behaviour that is intended to damage and harm another young person. (Cybertip.ca)
Self/peer exploitation, sometimes referred to as "sexting" is generally defined as youth creating, sending or sharing sexual images and/or video with peers via the Internet and/or electronic devices. (Cybertip.ca)
There are a number of resources available to parents, children and teens that can assist in navigating the evolving online world of smart phones, apps, and photo/video sharing programs.
Safer Internet Day
- Open dialogue - take a proactive approach to internet safety and discuss the benefits and risks of online activity. Cybertip.ca has developed age-appropriate resources for children (5-11 years) and teens (12 and older) designed to provide parents and educators information about online safety.
- Monitor – know the social network platforms your child is using and monitor their activity regularly.
- Unplug – encourage time away from computers and smart phones. You set the example. Establish a family recharging station and keep devices out of bedrooms at night.
- Stay informed – sign up for Cybertip.ca ALERTS to stay informed on the latest trends and ways to increase online safety.
- Practice and teach
netiquette– online behaviour should echo the behaviour expected at home, school, and in the community. If you wouldn’t say something in person, don’t say it online.
- Real consequences – understand what you post, share, and comment online has real and sometimes long-lasting consequences. If you harass, threaten, share explicit photos or impersonate someone online you may be charged criminally.
- Know the risks – be cautious about the personal details you share online. Information you give online may later be used against you. People are not always who they say they are.
- Think before you share – once you take and share an explicit photo or video it is out of your control. There is a high chance it will be shared with others or posted online.
- Seek help and report – there is help available, no matter the situation you find yourself in. If you can turn to a parent, guardian, or school official do so. The website needhelpnow.ca can help navigate what to do if you are impacted by a photo or video that has been shared. Kids Help Phone offers 24/7 support by phone 1-800-668-6868, website, and Victim Services to assist. You can report internet-related crimes via our non-emergency number 604-599-0502.
For more info or to get help
- Centre For Youth Crime Prevention - Resources and tools such as
Ask an Expert.
- www.cybertip.ca - Age-appropriate resources on internet safety as well as a reporting system for the online sexual exploitation of children.
- ProtectKidsOnline.ca - Helps parents/guardians stay on top of the digital world their children are engaging in.
- www.getcybersafe.ca - Provides a broad range of information for parents and youth to help them stay safe in the cyber world.
- www.needhelpnow.ca - Provides information to youth who have been impacted by a sexual picture/video being shared online, by email or by text.
- www.cybersafebc.ca - Online courses for young people, age 10-16, covering topics of digital footprint and online crime.
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