The Internet is a dangerous place for children and teens of all ages. Online safety is so important - Keep your kids safe by knowing the dangers and addressing them at a young age.
Reporting online child abuse
We are all responsible to ensure our children in the community are safe. Please report suspected abuse and be a part of the solution.
Online sexual exploitation of children must be immediately reported the Calgary Police Service. Call 9-1-1 for any crimes in progress or life exigent circumstances or 403-266-1234 for the Calgary Police Service non-emergency line. You may also report crimes of this nature anonymously to the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.
If you observe child abuse or child pornography on the internet, please report it immediately to Cybertip.ca. Cybertip will then forward the information to the regional policing agency to investigate. You can include images that you think may have occurred outside of your home province and Canada.
Online safety resources for parents
StaySafeOnline.org provides detailed advice to parents on how to raise children who are conscious of their online safety.
Cybertip is Canada's tipline for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children.
BeWebAware.ca is a national, bilingual public education program on Internet safety. The initiative was developed and supported by MediaSmarts, Bell and Microsoft Canada.
NetSmartz.org is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on and offline.
Safe Surfing Kids was created as a resource for kids and their parents to help them work together as they learn about important safety precautions to take while surfing the 'net.'
Calgary Educational Partnership Foundation's Online Safety Week talks to students about how to make smart and safe decisions in the online world.
Protecting children on the Internet
If you have kids, keep them safe online with these tips:
- Maintain open lines of communication between parents and children.
- Make sure they know that they should never, under any circumstances, reveal personal information over the Internet, whether in chat rooms, surveys or on web sites. They must never agree to meet a person they have met on the Internet.
- Teach children to stop using the Internet immediately and advise parent if they see or read anything that upsets them.
- Keep your computer with the Internet access in a high traffic area of the home.
- Restrict access to the Internet when there is no supervision available.
- Monitor long distance telephone bills for unknown telephone numbers.
- Sign an Internet family safety contract with all Internet users within the home.
- Select a family-friendly Internet Service Provider (ISP). Some ISP’s offer guidelines for parents, provide clear help in setting up parental control features, provide kids-only areas, block child pornography from their news group servers, help find interesting kid sites on the Internet and respond quickly to reports of online abuse. Others leave these issues up to parents to figure out on their own.
- Use protective software including anti-virus and firewall protection. Research the use of parental monitoring software in certain circumstances.
- Parents should take a course on use of the Internet or have their child teach them. Make it a family activity.