Internet Safety Information for Youth

The following resources have been designed to provide parents and educators with age-appropriate information about what youth (12 years and older) are doing online.

Parenting Tweens and Teens

Recognizing that many parents are feeling overwhelmed trying to keep their kids safe in today’s digital world, these safety sheets are designed to provide information about how tweens and teens are using digital devices and what parents can do to make it safer.

The Door That’s Not Locked

The Door That’s Not Locked website is a comprehensive, easy-to-use site that helps Canadians understand the good, the bad and the ugly about the web so they’re better positioned to help kids safer online. From learning what activities are popular and how kids use them, to discovering new ways to talk to kids about healthy versus unhealthy relationships, this website provides you with a one-stop-shop on all things related to Internet safety.

Mobile Safety

Cybertip.ca and TELUS have joined forces to create the Mobile Safety microsite, a resource for parents/guardians. The site details current and potential safety issues to children/adolescents using mobile phones, as well as steps parents/guardians can take to ensure their child/adolescent's mobile phone use is safe.

The following sites have been designed for youth. Parents and educators may wish to review these resources with youth or use the information as a guide and tool to base discussions about Internet safety on. We also recommend parents encourage their child’s school to utilize these resources, all of which are connected to lessons in the Canadian Centre’s Kids in the Know program. Click here to learn more.

Need Help Now

Coined in the media as “sexting”, self/peer exploitation is generally defined as youth creating, sending or sharing sexual images and/or videos with peers via the Internet and/or electronic devices. The Need Help Now website provides youth with information about how to manage self/peer exploitation incidents. The site features:

  • Steps youth can take to request images/videos be removed from websites
  • Helpful hints for how to involve a safe adult
  • Information about self-care and recognizing when things have gone too far

textED.ca

In association with Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, Cybertip.ca created the textED.ca website. Geared towards teaching adolescents about responsible and respectful texting, this interactive website is designed to help teens identify tools to respond to textual harassment, educate them on privacy values and build their capacity to respond to stress.

Respect Yourself

The Respect Yourself activity booklet is designed to teach teens about the risks they face when sending pictures or videos by email, instant messaging or by posting them online. The booklet includes activities that guide teens through the risks and provides them with safety strategies to help keep them safe. In addition to the booklet, the Respect Yourself campaign includes a series of three posters.

To view other resources offered by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, please click here.