Safer Internet Day is when organizations around the world join forces to help make the online world a safer place for young people.
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P), through Cybertip.ca, has been seeing an increase in online sexual violence against teens, with the pandemic escalating the frequency and tactics even further. This Safer Internet Day, C3P is urging families and educators to talk with youth about what constitutes online sexual violence, how to safely navigate these situations online, and where to go for help.
Why is an urgent response needed?
Cybertip.ca has seen a spike in online harm impacting youth in the past year:
37% increase in overall online victimization of children
97% increase in reports of online luring
38% increase in reports of the non-consensual distribution of an online intimate image, with a 39% increase in youth reporting
74% increase in reports of sextortion involving platforms youth use every day
When sexual violence occurs, youth, in most cases, are not telling anyone…not friends, caregivers, or their teachers.
Here are three ways educators can take action:
- Teachers in the Know
Access updated information to help support students if they encounter an unsafe situation online. C3P has created NEW safety sheets that educators can use to address online sexual violence with students – use these sheets to guide conversations in the classroom or hand them out directly to youth and families: Cybertip.ca/osv
- Kids in the Know
Enhance students’ safety confidence and competence through Kids in the Know lessons designed to teach students about online safety. If schools are not using Kids in the Know, visit our site to order our free online safety lessons to guide and support these conversations.
- Parents in the Know
Recognizing it’s often hard for families to broach these kind of conversations, C3P has created new resources to address the urgent issue of online sexual violence at Cybertip.ca/osv. Share this link with parents in an email, newsletter or posting on social media with the hashtag #SaferInternetDay (and you can also mention @CdnChildProtect – to help caregivers access even more safety information). Here’s a sample post: This #SaferInternetDay @CdnChildProtect is helping parents understand what online sexual violence is, how they can talk to their teens about it & how to get help. Their NEW resources cover all this and more at cybertip.ca/osv
*Professional development opportunity for educators:
february 8, 2022 6-7 p.m.*
“ONLINE DANGERS: Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Cyberbullying,” is an online panel presented by Public Safety Canada, that will tackle some of the most difficult topics youth, parents, and caregivers face today– cyberbullying to online child sexual exploitation. A panel of experts from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, Kids Help Phone and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, will define the issues, tell parents and caregivers what to look out for, and discuss how they can talk to their kids.
Though this panel is tailored towards parents and caregivers, much of the information will be valuable for educators to learn more about these issues and how to better support families.
The English and French panels will be live at the same time on February 8, 2022, from 6-7 P.M. EST. Participants are encouraged to register for a session based on their language preference at https://proofexperiences.swoogo.com/onlinedangers/. Registration will close an hour before the event.
Aware of a Concern?
C3P Reporting and Support Services
Cybertip.ca – If you are worried about something that has happened to a child/youth online or are concerned about an adult’s online activities involving children, Cybertip.ca is here to help.
NeedHelpNow.ca – A resource to help youth that have been negatively impacted by the sharing of an intimate or sexual image,or have been sexually victimized online. This site contains information for youth as well as adult caregivers.
If you have any questions about these resources, require support for a student negatively impacted by online sexual violence, or would like information about professional development opportunities for staff, please contact:
Karyn Kibsey | Manager, Training and Education
CANADIAN CENTRE for CHILD PROTECTION INC.
615 Academy Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3N 0E7
Tel: 204.560.2100 ext.726