The Internet is a powerful tool for communication and life-long learning. The Internet is also unregulated, providing access to ideas, information and images that may be inappropriate for your child or teen. Oakville Public Library encourages parents and guardians to become familiar with the Internet and the risks involved in its use.
Please visit the following websites for detailed information on how you can help educate your child about online safety.
You may also wish to review the Library's Internet Access & Acceptable Use Policy.
www.bewebaware.ca - Provides online safety tips for kids of all ages. Tips on social networking, cyber bullying and website evaluation.
www.netsmartz.org - Online resources, interactive games & videos for parents, educators, law enforcement, teens and kids.
RCMP Internet Safety
www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/is-si/index-eng.htm - A trusted source with links to Internet safety resources. Fact sheets, checklists and interactive sites for teens.
Social Smarts: Privacy, the Internet and You
http://www.youthprivacy.ca/en/gn_intro.html - A Canadian government resource aimed at tweens and younger teens that looks at the privacy risks related to social networking, mobile devices and texting, and online gaming.
NeedHelpNow - You(th) Are Not Alone
www.needhelpnow.ca - An initiative of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection Inc. and designed to provide information to youth who have been impacted by a sexual picture/video being shared by peers. The goal of the site is to provide teens with practical steps they can take to regain control over the situation.
http://mediasmarts.ca/ - An emphasis on digital and media literacy with discussions on topics such as media diversity, gender representation and sexual exploitation.
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