Your kids are online – do you know what they’re doing?

Kamloops City

2021-01-25 08:42 PST

Talking to friends, playing games, doing homework… being cyber bullied, sharing intimate images, getting extorted.

There’s a lot that happens online and with more kids being driven there to fulfill their need for social interaction, it’s important for parents to stay in the know about their child’s virtual presence, said Corporal Dana Napier of the Kamloops RCMP Crime Prevention Unit.

From behind, a person in a purple coat with its hood up holds a cellphone in their hands.

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Parents are encouraged to check-in with their kids regularly about their online activities, said Cpl. Napier. Let them know that if they need support they can talk to a safe and trusted adult.
Since Covid 19 began, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection has experienced an increase in child sexual exploitation reports such as children sending or being sent sexual images, videos, or messages from adults.

There are a lot of great things made possible because of the internet, especially now when our face-to-face interactions are so limited, but there are also risks, said Cpl. Napier. The good news is, there are a few simple steps parents can take to help protect their kids in the virtual world.

Below are some tips to help parents keep their kids safe online.

For parents interested in learning more, School District 73 is offering a parent engagement session on Social Media Awareness, Digital Footprints and Cyberbullying on January 28. The event is virtual and registration is required. Please visit their website for more information.
More information about online safety can also be found at the Centre for Youth Crime Prevention - Internet Safety page, Media Smart - Internet and Mobile, and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.
 

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Cst. Crystal Evelyn

Media Relations Officer
Kamloops RCMP
kamloops.rcmp-grc.gc.ca
560 Battle Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 6N4
Office: 250-828-3000
Fax: 250-828-3034

Email: Crystal.Evelyn@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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