New resources to promote online safety for children, youth

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The provincial government signed an agreement to provide further protection to children and adolescents using the Internet. Under a memorandum of understanding with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, the curricula in public schools will incorporate new resources to raise awareness among children and teens about the potential dangers of exploitation when they go online. Seated, from left: Signy Arnason, associate executive director, Canadian Centre for Child Protection; and Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Marie-Claude Blais. Standing, from left: Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Bruce Northrup; Social Development Minister Madeleine Dubé; Justice Minister Troy Lifford; and René Morin, also from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.

The provincial government signed an agreement today to provide further protection to children and adolescents using the Internet.

Under a memorandum of understanding with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, the curricula in public schools will incorporate new resources to raise awareness among children and teens about the potential dangers of exploitation when they go online.

"This agreement is an important step in the ongoing work of the provincial government to protect young New Brunswickers from those who prey on youth online," said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Marie-Claude Blais. “With the addition of these materials, our curricula will ensure children and teenagers understand the nature of online dangers and can use the Internet safely and responsibly."

Blais signed the agreement with Signy Arnason, associate executive director, Canadian Centre for Child Protection. Under it, the department and centre will collaborate on a range of initiatives, including:

– the promotion of various programs and services offered by the centre; and

– the exploration of new strategies to prevent sexual abuse of children and adolescents.

"The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is thrilled to be partnering with the Government of New Brunswick," said Lianna McDonald, executive director of the centre. "By working together, we can build a safer and brighter tomorrow for every child in New Brunswick."

The partnership is the latest in a series of initiatives in New Brunswick to protect children and youth from online predators. Other measures include:

– the provision of $800,000 to hire eight additional technical and investigative experts to the RCMP's Internet child exploitation unit in New Brunswick; and

– the launch of a public education and awareness campaign to help young people learn how to keep themselves safe online and to give parents and caregivers the tools they need to protect their children from exploitation and abuse online.

These initiatives are part of a co-ordinated effort by New Brunswick's Internet Child Exploitation Task Force, created in 2011. Members include: representatives from the departments of Public Safety, Education and Early Childhood Development, Justice and the Attorney General, and Social Development; as well as from the New Brunswick Association of Chiefs of Police and the RCMP.

Organizations: Canadian Centre, RCMP, New Brunswick Association of Chiefs of Police

Geographic location: New Brunswick

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