With more kids online, police offer some safety tips

Apr 24, 2020

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NEWS RELEASE TIMMINS POLICE SERVICE


Given the COVID-19 public health protocols and the resulting upheaval in household routines, the Timmins Police is aware that a huge number of children are now spending many more hours at home.

The internet can certainly offer educational value to children seeking on-line information, entertainment, or diversional pursuits.

That said, there is still the need for parents and guardians to be alert and aware of the hidden dangers that exist online.

The Timmins Police Service joins the Canadian Center for Child Protection and endorses its Cybertip.ca program.

This program expands on the merits of engaging in healthy conversations with younger children accessing the internet and concerns related to:

  • The appropriateness of accessing certain internet sites
  • The dangers of interacting with strangers online
  • Boundaries and limits on the sharing of information
  • Exposure to illicit or disturbing images or materials

Any of the above is likely to disturb unintended younger viewers and lead to avoidable disruptions while confined to a home environment.

Disciplined monitoring of any child’s online activity is the key to preventing online abuse from taking place.

The Timmins Police Service recommends that parents, teachers, and guardians seek out the safety benefits of becoming better acquainted with the information provided here.

We’re in this together… by staying apart.


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