Safer Internet Day

Proactive Safety information provided by the Halton Regional Police

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Chantal Corner

Chantal Corner

Sergeant Chantal Corner is the Media Relations Officer for the Halton Regional Police Department. She grew up in Oakville and graduated from Loyola. She still resides in Oakville.

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As part of the annual international Safer Internet Day on Tuesday February 11th, 2014, the Halton Regional Police Service has some proactive safety information about how to make the online world a safer place to surf for people of all ages.

The focus of this year’s campaign is educating the public about online activities which are popular with children and youth of different age groups, the potential risks children and youth face when using certain technologies, and ways to talk to children about the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships.

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection, a national charitable organization dedicated to the personal safety of all children, has a goal to reduce child victimization by providing programs and services to the Canadian public.

The four national programs include:

  1. www.cybertip.ca Canada’s tip-line to report the online sexual exploitation of children;
  2. www.MissingKids.ca a national missing children resource and response centre;
  3. www.kidsintheknow.ca an interactive child personal safety program for children in Kindergarten to Grade 9
  4. www.commit2kids.ca a program to help child-serving organizations create safer environments for the children in their care and reduce their risk of sexual abuse.

“Our youth are our future, and it is our responsibility to educate them about the pros and cons of Internet use. Be aware of your children’s Internet activities and spend time learning about the Internet yourself. Your credibility will go a long way in having your child take you seriously,” said Detective Raf Skwarka of the Internet Child Exploitation Unit.

Detective Skwarka advises parents to:
• Communicate openly and honestly with their children
• Discuss the possible dangers and impacts of Internet use
• Take time to know what they’re doing online
• Be involved with their Internet interests and build a trusting relationship.
• Resist the temptation to break into personal e-documents, e-mail or browser history.

“By invading the privacy of older children, you may find evidence of a significant problem, but you will also create a serious breach of trust that could inhibit open communication between you and your teen,” says Detective Skwarka. “If you feel driven to this extreme, chances are you have already seen enough clues to attempt talking to your child about your concerns.”

More useful links and information are available on our website at:

http://www.haltonpolice.ca/SpecializedUnits/CriminalInvestigations/ICE/Pages/default.aspx

Anyone with information on child exploitation or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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