Bell extends its support in the fight against online child pornography with new funding for

    $750,000 pledge helps launch the Canadian Centre for Child Protection

    OTTAWA, Jan. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell today announced its renewed
commitment to as the Founding Partner of the newly created
Canadian Centre for Child Protection (CCCP), launched in Ottawa today by
    With funding of $750,000 over three years, Bell's contribution will
support the essential services provided by, increase public
awareness and prevention through national campaigns, help continue innovative
initiatives such as Cleanfeed Canada and produce the Child
Protection Series. In addition, Bell will be recognized as the Founding
Partner of the newly created Canadian Centre for Child Protection.
    The CCCP is a charitable organization dedicated to the safety of all
children. As Canada's leader in child safety and protection programs,
education and advocacy, the centre advises and raises awareness on best
practices related to prevention strategies to reduce online sexual
exploitation of children and improve their safety. The centre delivers two
national programs, and Kids in the Know.
    "Bell's commitment to fighting online child pornography dates back to
2002 when we helped launch," said Mirko Bibic, Chief - Regulatory
Affairs, Bell Canada. "Since then Bell has continued and extended its support
with funding totalling more than $1.5 million, including today's announcement
to fund the Canadian Centre for Child Protection."
    In the last five years, has averaged more than 800 reports of
online sexual exploitation of children per month. These reports have resulted
in 30 arrests, 2,800 websites being shut down, and at least five children
being rescued.
    "We are very grateful to Bell Canada for their dedication and commitment
to the protection of children. Their generous contribution and support will
enable the Canadian Centre for Child Protection to carry out its critical
work," said Ms. McDonald, Executive Director of the Centre.
    As Canada's leading ISP, Bell supports several initiatives promoting the
responsible use of the Internet, including the Bell Cyber Abuse Research
Project at the University of Toronto, Be Web Aware, the Media Awareness
Network and Kids Help Phone.

    About Bell

    Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers with
solutions to all their communications needs, including telephone services,
wireless communications, high-speed Internet, digital television and voice
over IP. Bell also offers integrated information and communications technology
(ICT) services to businesses and governments, and is the Virtual Chief
Information Officer (VCIO) to small and medium businesses (SMBs). Bell is
proud to be a Premier National Partner and the exclusive Telecommunications
Partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Bell is
wholly owned by BCE Inc. For information on Bell's products and services,
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For further information: For media inquiries: Jacqueline Michelis, Bell
Media Relations, (613) 785-1427, 1 888 482-0809,

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