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T.H.I.N.K. B4 U send

safer internet dayT.H.I.N.K. B4 U send

That’s the message to be shared during International Safer Internet Day on Tuesday by local OPP detachments to encourage people to be safe in the online world.

International Safer Internet Day, February 9, was created to promote safer and more responsible use of technology, especially among children and young people around the world. The theme for Safer Internet Day 2016 is “Play your part for a better internet”.

OPP say one of the growing concerns associated with the Internet and mobile devices is cyberbullying and sexting.

Cyberbullying happens when people use computers, cellphones or other devices to embarrass, humiliate, torment, threaten or harass someone else. With the rapid advances in technologies, cyberbullying is happening to more and more people every day.

The issue of self/peer exploitation, also known as “sexting”, is commonly defined as people creating, sending or sharing sexual images and/or videos with peers via the Internet, social media sites or electronic devices.

The OPP is encouraging everyone to apply the T.H.I.N.K test before posting or sending a cyber message or photo. If it doesn’t pass the T.H.I.N.K test, you may be breaking the law.

Ask yourself:

T. is it true?

H. is it hurtful?

I. is it illegal?

N. is it necessary?

K. is it kind?

The OPP will be supporting cyber safety awareness by sharing messages and resources and encouraging followers to be part of the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtags #SID2016, #Up2Us and #OPPtips.

http://www.getcybersafe.gc.ca/cnt/bt/index-eng.aspx

http://www.pensezcybersecurite.gc.ca/cnt/bt/index-fra.aspx

www.needhelpnow.ca

https://www.protectchildren.ca/app/en/

http://www.thedoorthatsnotlocked.ca/

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