#CyberFLASH: Safer Internet Day aims to educate kids about online safety

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TORONTO – The conversation surrounding online safety for kids and teens is becoming increasingly important  – especially as cyberbullying continues to plague young users in Canada.

Ninety countries worldwide, including Canada, are taking part in Safer Internet Day (SID) Tuesday in order to raise awareness and support for issues that young people face online.

The awareness campaign, which was started as an initiative of the EU SafeBorders project in 2004, brings to light emerging online issues facing younger generations, including cyber bullying, online luring and concerns surrounding social networking.

But this year the initiative’s theme – “Let’s create a better Internet together” – touches on the issue of cyberbullying, a hot button issue in Canada over the last year.

On Tuesday, a Nova Scotia court issued the first cyberbullying prevention order, as part of the province’s unique Cyber-safety Act law implemented following the death of 17-year-old Rehtaeh Parsons.

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