McGuinty Government Helping Kids Stay Safe Online
TORONTO, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - Ontario is promoting cyber safety to help kids
avoid online predators.
The province is working in partnership with youth television network YTV
and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection:
- YTV developed a series of animated television announcements with tips
on Internet safety in partnership with the Ontario Provincial Police.
The announcements direct viewers to a cyber safety game and more tips
on YTV's website (http://www.ytv.com/).
- The province is also distributing three guides for the parents of
children between 8 and 13 years old to help parents understand what
their children are doing in cyberspace. Developed by the Canadian
Centre for Child Protection, the guides will be sent home through
schools across Ontario and are also available online.
Ontario's strategy to combat Internet child pornography and luring
recognizes that these crimes can be committed anywhere a computer is found.
Everyone, including parents, teachers, media, police, charities and
governments must work together to protect children, stop the offences and
In 2007, police completed 1,353 Internet child pornography and luring
investigations and laid 539 charges.
"Kids today spend a lot of time online, and we all need to work together
to keep them safe from predators," said Community Safety and Correctional
Services Minister Rick Bartolucci.
"The partnerships we are fostering bring together education,
investigation and prosecution to help keep our children safe. It's a strategy
"We are teaching kids how to protect themselves online," said Attorney
General Chris Bentley. "Working with progressive organizations like the
Canadian Centre for Child Protection helps parents keep up with the latest
online trends their children are following."
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ONTARIO'S STRATEGY TO COMBAT
INTERNET CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN
Ontario's provincial strategy to protect children from sexual abuse and
exploitation on the Internet is based on building effective partnerships.
For the first time, this $5-million strategy has brought together a team
of municipal, regional and Ontario Provincial Police officers, Crown attorneys
and victim service providers.
The strategy includes:
- A dedicated child-victim tip line and referral service available
24-7, managed in partnership with the Ontario Association of Crime
- Specialized teams of police officers to conduct online child-luring
investigations and attempt to identify victims
- Dedicated support for child victims and families to offer emotional
support, referral to appropriate community services and practical
- Training and support for dedicated Crown prosecutors
- Increased liaison work with law enforcement agencies and others.
Widely recognized as a leader, across Canada and around the world, the
team has learned state-of-the-art approaches from experts across the globe in
the fight against Internet child victimization.
The team works with other jurisdictions when the crimes reach across
borders. It coordinates with national agencies, such as the Canada Border
Services Agency and National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre, to help
stop offenders and support victims.
Supporting Quotes for Today's Announcement
The government today announced two partnerships to help keep kids safe
- Youth television network, YTV, in partnership with the Ontario
Provincial Police, is promoting and hosting an online cyber safety
"YTV is committed to issues that are important and relevant to
kids," said Frank Duyvelshoff, director of Business Development for
Corus Interactive. "We are able to communicate important social
messaging in a way that kids relate to - including the importance of
online safety - to our audiences through our broadcasts, our websites
and through initiatives and partnerships of this kind."
- The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is producing parents' guides
to Internet safety that will be distributed to Ontario schools.
"I'm very pleased that both Toronto parents and parents across
Ontario are receiving these tips to help keep children safer
online," said Laurel Broten, MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore. "These
materials offer concrete ideas for discussions that are helpful to
ensuring the protection of our children."
"These brochures provide parents with a hands-on tool for
understanding the risks faced by children on the Internet and provide
age-specific strategies for reducing their chances of being harmed,"
said Lianna McDonald, executive director of the Canadian Centre for
Child Protection. "It's time that we empower parents with relevant
information for protecting children online."
Anthony Brown Brendan Crawley
Ministry of Community Safety Ministry of the Attorney General
and Correctional Services 416-326-2210
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For further information:
For further information: Laura Blondeau, Ministry of Community Safety
and Correctional Services, Minister Bartolucci's Office, (416) 325-4973, (416)
938-9757 (cell); Anthony Brown, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional
Services, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7772; Sheamus Murphy, Ministry of
the Attorney General, Minister Bentley's Office, (416) 326-1785; Brendan
Crawley, Ministry of the Attorney General, Communications Branch, (416)