Growing access to high speed connections has made it easier for Canadians, young and old, to spend more time online to browse for information and news, complete homework, play online games, and connect with family and friends through social media.

In Canada, young people lead the trend with 96% of them accessing the web daily. Most youth use social media to update their information with peers, acquaintances and family. Advances in technology and social networking have made it easier for children to come into contact with people who may try to harm them or take advantage of them. The main negative online interactions include sexual exploitation and cyberbullying. Children and young people often engage in risky internet behavior while not knowing the consequences.

Internet postings don’t go away.

Sharing your information online will not only reveal your whereabouts in real time but also the private information that you never intended to share with people you don’t know. You may only plan to share your posts, status updates, photos, videos, etc. with just our own network of friends or peers when, in fact, anyone can access your posts through the people on your share list.

Internet safety involves ensuring that people, specifically children and youth, have the information needed to develop safe online surfing habits.