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SPRING BREAK: TAKE A BREAK TO TALK ONLINE SAFETY

March 14, 2012

WINNIPEG, Manitoba – For many Canadians, spring break for school-aged children signifies time to spend with family, having fun and creating memories. Recognizing that this will be a period where kids will likely spend even more time online, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection is encouraging parents to set some time aside to talk to their children about Internet safety to help ensure their time online is both fun and safe.

“With the increased risks that today’s technology presents to children, it is so important for parents to have regular discussions with their children about what they’re doing online and teach them ways to stay safe,” says Lianna McDonald, the Canadian Centre’s Executive Director. “Adults lead increasingly busy lives and often struggle to find time for many things. This spring break, we encourage parents to use some of this family time to talk to their kids about online safety.”

The Canadian Centre has created numerous resources to help parents start these important online safety conversations with their children, including the Zoe and Molly Online initiative. Developed in partnership with Shaw, Zoe and Molly Online (zoeandmolly.ca) is designed to help parents and educators teach children 8 to 10 years of age about the importance of not sharing personal information online and what to do if they come across inappropriate material online.

This spring break, parents are also encouraged to explore the Canadian Centre’s The Door that’s not Locked Internet safety website (thedoorthatsnotlocked.ca). This unique website provides parents with comprehensive, age-specific information about what their children are doing online, the risks associated with those activities, and provides them important tips and strategies to help keep their children safe. The website also includes free downloadable Internet safety brochures, digital safety guides, and many other Internet safety tools and resources.

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