Northeastern police units are reminding parents they have an important role ensuring children use the internet safe and responsibly.
Police say most kids are regular internet users at home and do everything from homework to gaming and instant messaging online. They say while the internet provides learning opportunities, it also opens the door for the potential of cyber bullying by exploiting or threatening children.
The OPP says parents should discuss the potential dangers of the internet with kids and monitor any sites they might be visiting. Other safety tips include keeping the computer in an open area of the house, reminding children to protect their passwords, unplugging webcams when they’re not in use, never talking to people you don’t know, protecting your online identity at all times and limiting the amount of use children spend online.
Police add children are vulnerable so it’s up to parents to do all they can to help protect them. The OPP Crime Prevention Section has a number of information sheets for parents and children relating to internet safety use which is available here.