Internet Safety

Online Play

Cyberbullying

One quarter of Canadian students who are bullied are victims of electronic bullying.
Electronic bullying or “cyber-bullying”:

  • involves someone deliberately sending or posting harmful or cruel messages and images.
  • uses technologies like the internet or a cell phone.
  • usually takes place on a home computer and is often unknown to parents.

A few simple steps can help protect your child

  • Talk to your child about internet safety. Discuss online high-risk behaviour and create “what if” scenarios together to help your child recognize dangerous situations and practice responses.
  • Participate with them online. If they know more than you, let them teach you.
  • Monitor your child’s computer use by keeping the computer in a busy area of your home.
  • Regularly check your child’s “buddy lists” for new and unknown names.
  • Set up email and chat room accounts with your children and ensure no personal information is used. Know your child’s screen names and passwords.

Teach your child to...

  • Keep personal online information and passwords private (name, address, age, phone number, cell phone, school, and photos).
  • Only open emails from someone you know.
  • Only put things online that you want others to see.
  • Always be polite online. Never send messages when you are angry.
  • Block unwelcome and unknown senders.
  • Trust his/her instincts. Turn the computer off if something feels uncomfortable.
  • Save, print and show threatening messages to a parent or guardian.
  • Never arrange to meet anyone online… no matter what.

Resources for parents on internet safety

  • Cyber tip (external link)
    Cybertip.ca is Canada's national tip line for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children. Provides information for parents on what they can do to improve their child's safety on the internet.
  • Kids in the Know (external link)
    An interactive internet safety education program designed for children, parents and educators to help increase the personal safety of children and reduce their risk of sexual exploitation.
  • The Door that's not Locked (external link)
    Downloadable brochures (ages 8-15) to help parents better understand the benefits and risks associated with the internet.