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
- Search your teen’s name using popular search engines, blogs, and social network platforms to see what comes up on their public record
- 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)
Treat 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:
- 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.
Need to report something?
Go to External link, opens in a new windowwww.cybertip.ca or contact your local RCMP.