According to Statistics Canada, in 2012

  • 50% of users aged 16 to 24 were online 10 hours or more each week.

     
  • Over two-thirds of Canadians who used the Internet visited social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter.

With growing access to high speed internet and the popularity of devices such as tablets and smartphones, people of all ages are spending more time online. We now go online to:

  • browse for information and news,
  • complete homework,
  • play games, and
  • connect with family and friends through social media.

Social networking has made it easier for children and teens to come into contact with people who may try to harm them or take advantage of them. Teens may even engage in risky online behavior while not knowing and/or fully understanding the offline consequences.

Internet safety involves ensuring that you have the information needed to develop safe online surfing habits. Making smart choices will keep you safe!

Female holding smartphone in her handsSafety Tips

Tips for Parents
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.

Tips for Teens
Connecting with friends online and using social media tools can be fun. But… keep informed to make smart decisions.

What is `sexting`?
These types of messages are intended only for one person; however, the sender has little control over these messages becoming public.

Misuse of the Internet - Consequences and the Law
Online actions you may think are all in ‘good fun’ could lead to criminal charges.