North Bay Police Service supports Cybertip.ca Fifth Annual Awareness Day #ctipday2016

North Bay Police Service supports Cybertip.ca Fifth Annual Awareness Day #ctipday2016

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Today marks Cybertip.ca Awareness Day 2016, the fifth annual awareness day of Cybertip.ca, Canada’s tipline for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children, operated by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (Canadian Centre). The North Bay Police Service supports this initiative and encourages local parents and guardians to visit Cybertip.ca for valuable resources on how to protect children from online sexual exploitation and on how to report concerns about suspicious online activity.

A recent study conducted by the Canadian Centre examined close to 152,000 reports, including 43,762 unique images and videos classified as child pornography. Nearly 80 per cent of the images assessed by Cybertip.cadepicted very young, pre-pubescent children, under 12 years of age. One of the most alarming and under recognized facts is that almost 70 per cent of these images appeared to have been taken within a home setting.

The North Bay Police Service encourages North Bay and Callander parents, guardians, early childhood educators, teachers, coaches, and other adult members of the community who share in the responsibility of keeping our local children safe, to visit Cybertip.ca, to sign up to receive Cyber Alerts and to get informed.

Excellent resources produced by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection include:

  • kidsintheknow.ca, a program that engages students with interactive activities to help build skills that increase their personal safety and reduce their risk of victimization online and in the real world;
  • commit2kids.ca, a step-by-step plan to help prevent sexual abuse from happening within child-serving organizations;
  • smartstrongsafe.ca, a program designed to help children (grade 5 and 6) understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships and to learn about the importance of respecting personal boundaries.
  • teatreetells.ca, a child sexual abuse prevention kit designed to help teachers, early childhood educators and parents of children 4 to 6 years of age learn more about the issue of child sexual abuse and how to better protect children from victimization.
  • Safety sheets for tweens and teens, available at cybertip.ca/app/en/internet_safety-for_youth

How to submit a tip
Residents of North Bay or Callander who are looking to report suspicious online activity can do so through Cybertip.ca or by contacting the North Bay Police Service directly at 705-497-5555, or by visiting us in person at 135 Princess Street West, North Bay. For those who wish to remain anonymous, contact Near North Crime Stoppers, by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by submitting a tip online at nearnorthcrimestoppers.com.

About the Canadian Centre for Child Protection
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is a national charity dedicated to the personal safety and protection of children. Its goal is to reduce the sexual abuse and exploitation of children, assist in the location of missing children and to prevent child victimization. The Canadian Centre operates Cybertip.ca, Canada’s national tipline to report child sexual abuse and exploitation on the Internet, as well as other prevention and intervention services to the Canadian public.

About Cybertip.ca
Since its inception in September 2002, Cybertip.ca has evolved as a central component of Canada’s national strategy to protect children from sexual exploitation on the Internet. Working closely with law enforcement across the country, the tipline has responded to 200,000+ child sexual exploitation reports from the public, resulting in at least 514 individuals being arrested, numerous children removed from abusive environments and the protection of countless children both within Canada and abroad. Cybertip.ca also provides education and awareness material to help keep Canadians safe, distributing more than 12 million safety resources free-of-charge to schools, law enforcement, child welfare, industry and other stakeholders over the past 14 years.