Police and Kids Broadcaster Join Forces to Protect Children

Education Campaign Includes Website & Infomercials

ORILLIA, ON, March 2 /CNW/ - Children and young teens now have a fun way to stay safe online, thanks to a partnership between Ontario police services and YTV.

Through the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet, the OPP, and its 18 police service partners, have worked with YTV to produce and air animated educational infomercials and launch "Dr. Frantic's Cyber SAF-e-DRILLS2: Time's Squared."

"I'm confident the website and YTV's on-air resources will help provide parents and guardians with the information they need to ensure our children are safe," said OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino.

The on-air promo -- which began last month -- points viewers to YTV.com where they can play a game to test their knowledge on Internet safety.

"We want our children to have fun online while keeping them safe. This partnership is a welcome step in promoting cyber safety and protecting our children from those who seek to exploit their innocent pastime," said Rick Bartolucci, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

The Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet was created in response to the Ontario government's request that Ontario police develop a coordinated province-wide approach to combating Internet crimes against children, including luring, child pornography and child sexual abuse.

    
    LEARN MORE:
    -   About age-appropriate internet safety tips and games, visit Dr.
        Frantic's Cyber SAF-e-DRILLS2 website at
        http://promos.ytv.com/opp2010/default.aspx
    -   About OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Section at www.opp.ca
    

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SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police

For further information: For further information: Det. Staff Sgt. Frank Goldschmidt, OPP, Coordinator - Provincial Partnership Strategy, Phone: (416) 235-4528


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