Using digital devices to connect with friends and family and using social media tools is a big part of your teen’s life. It’s important for you as a parent to be aware of your teen’s digital life, and to work with him/her on setting boundaries, acting responsibly, and staying safe online.

Be open about online behaviour

  • Place computers in busy family areas like the kitchen
  • Work with your child on how to behave safely online from a young age
  • Teach your teen that anything they post online can be public, and it takes effort to make it private
  • Talk casually to your teen about their online activity, so the topic becomes a regular part of your conversations

Monitor activities regularly

  • Family recharging stationSearch your teen’s name using popular search engines, blogs, and social network platforms to see what comes up on their public record

Unplug

  • Encourage teens to take breaks from devices once in a while
  • Establish a family recharging station and keep devices out of bedrooms at night


Safety messages to share with your teen

What happens online can have real consequences

  • Cyberbullying: Serious online harassment is an offence and can result in criminal charges
  • Sexting: Sending sexual messages, images or videos can lead to serious consequences. Address any sexual videos/photos posted online immediately
  • Criminal Code Offences apply to youth should they use the Internet in a negative way. ( Child Pornography, Criminal Harassment, Luring a Child, Uttering Threats)

Mother and daughter talking and looking at a tabletTreat online life like regular life

  • Don’t say anything online that you wouldn’t say to someone’s face
  • Create, post, and share videos, images and content responsibly
  • Monitor your online reputation carefully—it is public and will follow you for life

Protect your privacy online

  • Avoid oversharing (revealing inappropriate details/images about your life)
  • Keep personal information private (e.g. your name, age, social insurance number, address…)
  • Check and adjust privacy settings regularly

For more info or to get help:

www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cycp-cpcj

  • Centre For Youth Crime Prevention - Resources and tools such as Ask an Expert. Wondering about an issue that’s affecting youth in your community, ask your question to a police officer.

External link, opens in a new windowwww.getcybersafe.ca

  • provides a broad range of information for parents and youth to help them stay safe in the cyber world


External link, opens in a new windowwww.needhelpnow.ca

  • Provides information to youth who have been impacted by a sexual picture/video being shared online, by email or by text.


External link, opens in a new windowwww.cybersafe.bc.ca

  • Online courses for young people 10-16 covering topics of digital footprint and online crime

cybertip!ca

Need to report something?

Go to External link, opens in a new windowwww.cybertip.ca or contact your local RCMP.