What is cyber bullying?
Cyber bullying can occur anywhere at any time.
Internet access opens you up to more people and situations than you normally are.
Cyberbullying can make you feel:
What is an internet crime?
Crimes can happen on the internet. Authorities may get involved with crimes in the online world.
Examples of internet crimes include:
- Theft, mischief, fraud, conspiracy.
- Gambling, smuggling.
- Hate crimes.
- Sexual related offences – distribution of child pornography.
"My friends and I are all really good with technology, so when someone hacked an account and started sending us messages, we thought we could figure it out and take care of it ourselves..."
"We tried to trace them and talk to them through our group, but nothing got better. We realized we needed to tell someone.
We ended up talking to the staff at school and even though the things online weren’t happening at school, they were able to help us."
How can you keep safe online?
As you share more online there are ways to stay safe.
- Keep your parents in the loop.
- Report any suspicious activity.
- Google yourself.
- Share passwords with an adult.
- Keep strong privacy settings.
- Review what you share.
- Know the rules. If you see them broken, report it.
How to make a difference?
Your digital footprint is what's left behind from any online activity.
This includes text, pictures, and videos you post, like, and share – status updates, and more. What does your footprint say about you? Is this how you want people to think about you? How about in five years?
Make your digital footprint one your proud of.
Just as you are a citizen of your school and local community, you are a citizen of the online community. As such, there are rules and expectations of you. Do you know what they are?
Many of these rules are the same as you would have at home and school. Who can you talk to if you see something that is unsafe online? The same people that you would talk to at home and school. Be a good digital citizen!
Want to know more?
Canada’s national tipline for internet safety and reporting the online sexual exploitation of children.cybertip.ca
Common Sense Media
Helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology.commonsensemedia.org
Need Help Now
If you, or a friend, have been involved in a self/peer incident (known as sexting) this site guides you in steps to take.needhelpnow.ca