TRURO - This is a month that sees international promotion on safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones.
The awareness is part of Safer Internet Day and the RCMP in Nova Scotia are reinforcing this year's theme, 'Let's make the Internet safer together,' by continuing to inform people about online and smartphone safety, sexting, healthy relationships, bullying and appropriate boundaries.
"Safer Internet Day is an opportunity to remind people on a global scale that we all have a role to play when participating in the online community," said Cst. Colleen Fequet, of the Nova Scotia RCMP Internet Child Exploitation Unit, in a press release. "Unfortunately, I see unsafe online activity every day in my job. We all can help create a safer internet by getting involved, being cautious and reporting anything inappropriate."
Along with parents, teachers also play a critical role in teens’ lives and in recognition of this, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection has recently distributed over one million internet safety materials to schools across Canada free-of-charge. Both parents and teachers alike can access age-specific Internet safety information by visiting The Door That’s Not Locked website www.thedoorthatsnotlocked.ca.
The RCMP in Nova Scotia also encourages parents and others to sign up for Cybertip.ca alerts – a new notification system that offers vital information to the public concerning technology trends and new resources designed to increase children’s personal safety.