Police giving out tips to remain safe on Safe Internet Day
Tuesday is Safe Internet Day and parents can learn how to protect their kids and kids can learn how stay safe while navigating the internet.
In a day and age where cyber bullying is prominent and sexting can lead to a dangerous path, Cst. Jaime Ekkel says the repercussion is quite serious, "There are not a lot of monetary fines that go along with that, it’s more of a criminal code offense. They can be charged which means that it could go on their criminal record, there is restriction to travel, access to travel or jobs in general."
What can parents do to help their kids stay safe online? Supervision is key and an open dialogue.
"The best thing that parents can do is really know what their kids are looking at online,” says Ekkel. “Have their children's passwords, knowing what they're playing on their apps on their phones, or their iPads and being aware of what they're looking at and what they are searching for."
As for children, if you are confused, uncomfortable, with what you're observing online, it is advised that you don't shy away from asking an adult for help, whether it's a teacher or a parent.
And make sure to always keep private information like your bank account number, social insurance number, credit cards, birth certificates, and driver’s license confidential.
"That is all your information and that should be something that you keep private and you don't hand out to anyone else,” says Ekkel. “In regards to scams, we've had quite a few scam reports or fraud reports, where people have provided that information to somebody online or email or over the phone.”
To make a report of a cybercrime you can click here.