While the Internet can be an incredible social and educational tool, children’s online safety depends on parents/guardians taking a proactive approach to help protect their children from online sexual exploitation. As children grow and the Internet evolves, the activities children undertake online change as well. As it can be difficult to keep up with online developments, Cybertip.ca is committed to providing the public with current and age-appropriate information and resources to help educate Canadians about how to keep children safe while online.
Over the last few years, there has been a significant increase in the number of reported cases of young people involved in self/peer exploitation. This type of exploitation, coined in the media as “sexting”, is generally defined as youth creating, sending or sharing sexual images and/or videos with peers via the Internet and/or electronic devices. In an effort to manage this growing social problem, we have created resource guides for school personnel and families impacted by a self/peer exploitation incident. To learn more, click here.