RCMP targets internet safety, cyber bullying

Sidney North Saanich officers visit schools to educate parents

Over the next few weeks Sidney North Saanich RCMP member Cpl. Erin Fraser will be educating parents on Internet safety at local elementary and middle schools.

The talks will include information on Internet safety basics and Fraser will also touch on the more sensitive subject of cyber bullying.

“Let’s face it, most of our kids are more technologically savvy than we are nowadays,” said Fraser.

“I’ll be providing information that I hope will help parents feel comfortable enough to effectively monitor their child’s online activities and I also want to provide parents with some cues to watch for that may indicate a child has been the target of cyber bullying.”

Fraser said it’s important for parents to be aware of their children’s online habits, especially in light of recent events.

“It’s important for parents to be wary of signs that their child is the victim of cyberbullying,” said Fraser.

“Whether it be through social networking, online gaming or simply surfing the web, children often spend more time interacting with others via the Internet or their smart phones than they do face-to-face. The more involved parents become in their children’s online activities, the less likely those children are to be taken advantage of online.”

The talks are scheduled at North Saanich Middle School, Kelset Elementary School and Deep Cove Elementary School. For more information on times and scheduling, call Cpl. Fraser at 250-656-3931.

 

 

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