Use common sense
- Text, share images (photos and videos) and play online games SAFELY and with the opinions of PARENTS and TEACHERS in mind.
- Be wary of strangers online. It’s OKAY to say NO to becoming ONLINE FRIENDS! No matter how nice or understanding a stranger seems to be, are they really your friend? Do Mom and Dad know about the friend? Has the person told you to keep the relationship a secret from those you trust? It is simple for people to change their identities online and pose as someone they are not.
- Share account information wisely. Using the Internet is easy, but remember to create user names and passwords that can be shared easily with a parent.
- Be smart with social media. When using any form of social media to share information with friends or family, remember that what you post on the Internet cannot be erased or deleted with a simple mouse click.
- Care about your online reputation. Your reputation is the opinion others have of you. Teachers, parents and friends – the people who love and care for you – probably have a high opinion of you. Do you want them to see a different side of you on the Internet, one that may be embarrassing? Be yourself online, just as you are offline.
Cyberbullying is a crime
is when a child or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. (Source: stopcyberbullying.org)
- Cyberbullying is public and bullies often post without a name. Often, one person starts it and others get involved when the information is shared through email or posted on a wall or photo. Sending sexually explicit messages or images, called sexting, is also cyberbullying.
- Cellphones can be used for cyberbullying too. Harassing text messages or unwanted images sent from cellphones count as cyberbullying.
- Online games and virtual worlds are prime areas for cyberbullying because they connect gaming ability to the person at the controls. For example,
You suck at this game, just like you do at life.
- Online harassment is a serious offence and can include criminal charges. It is important to report incidents of cyberbullying to www.cybertip.ca because the effects in the offline world can be damaging or dangerous to the individual being bullied online. In severe cases, the end result could be suicide or real-life revenge towards others.
- Remember this: while you may think you’re anonymous when posting information, everything you post can be tracked if schools, parents or police become involved.
Understand the law
Using the Internet to entice youth (anyone under the age of 18) to meet for sexual acts or to help arrange sexual encounters is a crime under the Criminal Code of Canada.
Anyone communicating with you in a sexual manner can be very dangerous and needs to be reported. If someone asks you to make or share sexual images or videos, tell someone you trust. And remember, you won’t be judged or punished.
Using the Internet to threaten or bully someone can be dangerous, even if you think it’s in good fun. The following Criminal Code offences may have serious consequences for you or your parents if you use the Internet in a negative way:
- Child Pornography
- Criminal Harassment
- Luring a Child
- Uttering Threats
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