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‘Safer Internet Day’ a Reminder to Take Precautions Online

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Lights are illuminated on a modem in Chelsea, Que., on July 11, 2011. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

The risks to children exploring the online world are vast, so the Canadian Centre for Child Protection is reminding parents to discuss online safety with their kids.

International Safer Internet Day is a call to refresh yourself with safety tips when living behind a screen.

“The online risks youth face are increasingly difficult to manage,” said Signy Arnason, director of Cybertip.ca.

“For parents, the need for reliable and current educational resources to help better understand these issues and how to increase their teen’s skills and safety is crucial. We want to ensure Canadians know about our important Internet safety resources and that we are here to help keep kids safe.”

Sexting, sextortion, luring and cyberbullying are all realistic risks teens face when online.

The discussion in creating a safer Internet can be followed using the hashtags #SID2016 and #PlayMyPart and by visiting SaferInternetDay.ca.

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