September 26, 2013
For Immediate Release
WINNIPEG, MB: Today the Canadian Centre for Child Protection received an official gift from the Government of Canada to mark the birth of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge, the first child of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The donation of $100,000 will help support the Canadian Centre’s cyberbullying initiatives, including the development of educational resources that will assist youth who are victimized through the misuse of technology. This announcement was made by the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, who was joined by Mrs. Laureen Harper.
“We are very honoured to receive this gift,” said Lianna McDonald, Executive Director, Canadian Centre for Child Protection. “Over the past year, we have all witnessed the complex nature of cyberbullying and the challenges faced when sexual violence, technology and bullying collide. We are committed to helping teens, families and schools navigate through these challenging situations so that youth can thrive, feeling both safe and supported in their communities.”
Today’s announcement coincides with Cybertip.ca Awareness Day. This day signifies the important role that we all play in the protection of children and that there are a number of ways Canadians can get involved in the fight against online child sexual exploitation.
“Through this gift, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection will provide more parents and schools with important safety resources to address online bullying,” said Minister MacKay. Mrs. Laureen Harper added, “As a mom of two teens, I worry about their online safety. The Canadian Centre for Child Protection, through its Cybertip.ca program, is a critical service when it comes to understanding how technology is impacting the lives of youth.”
Cybertip.ca is Canada’s national tipline for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children. It is part of the Government of Canada’s National Strategy for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet. Over the past 11 years, Cybertip.ca has received over 94,000 reports from the public that have resulted in over 125 arrests, more than 62 children removed from abusive environments, and countless children protected.
Reports made to Cybertip.ca have also helped inform a number of the Canadian Centre’s educational materials and resources for parents, schools and communities. For example, in 2013 the Canadian Centre created the NeedHelpNow.ca website — a resource designed to help youth deal with the negative consequences of the creation and distribution of sexual images and/or videos online — after receiving an increase in reports from youth struggling with the issue.
This Cybertip.ca Awareness Day, law enforcement agencies and private sector partners across Canada will be distributing the Canadian Centre’s new safety resource for parents titled, Parenting Teens and Tweens In the Digital World. The brochure includes information on current trends and online risks that Cybertip.ca has noticed in reports from the public such as self/peer exploitation (also referred to as “sexting”), online luring, and cyberbullying.
For more information about Cybertip.ca Awareness Day visit: https://www.cybertip.ca/app/en/awareness_day
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