Parents Stay Vigilant of Internet Dangers
ORILLIA, ON, Feb. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is
encouraging families to work together to stay safe online by
recognizing and promoting "Safer Internet Day".
This year "Safer Internet Day" will be on February 7, 2012. This day is
organized to promote safer and more responsible use of online
technology and mobile phones.
This year worldwide over 70 countries will be recognizing "Safer
Internet Day" by encouraging everyone, young and old, to make it a
habit to use safer practices when navigating online through the various
social media platforms.
So much is happening so fast. The online world is a vast arena where
people of all ages can learn together, and from each other. This
year's theme "Connecting Generations" is a call for parents to educate
themselves, for kids to educate their parents, and for grandparents to
step up and understand more. Today's technology is threatening the
safety of online users, and we need to work together to understand the
Cyber bullying, luring and sexting are just some of the areas of
vulnerability that confront our young people when they logging in to
their electronic devices.
The OPP supports Safer Internet Day, and remains committed to fighting
back against the many online dangers that lurk behind our use of social
media. OPP officers are working with their many community partners to
understand the threats, and to develop programs designed to keep people
"The internet offers a wealth of opportunities for young people to
learn, create and communicate. It's part of our children's reality. So
we must teach them how to effectively search for and evaluate online
content," said Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey. "Parents must be
diligent about this risk."
"There are many resources available to empower young people, their
teachers and their families to make the best possible use of online
technology," said Inspector Leslie Craig, Manager of OPP Crime
Prevention Section. "Awareness is prevention, and we will continue our
fight against cyber crime and online predators. Know the dangers and
share the information. We all have a role to play."
There are many resources available to parents, teachers and others who
need to understand the risks.
For a one-stop Internet safety website, go to:
For more information about the OPP Crime Prevention Section, go to:
Committees, supporters and organized events for Safer Internet Day, go
To learn more about the prevention of child victimization, go to:
To learn more about turning students into great digital citizens, go to:
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SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
Sergeant Rob Geneja
OPP Crime Prevention Section