This initiative focuses on educating parents and youth with tips on how to stay safe on the Internet and will be delivered to all elementary and middle schools within East Hants. This initiative also focuses heavily on appropriate use of the Internet and deals with major crimes occurring online, such as sharing of images that could constitute child pornography (possession and distribution). Other areas that are covered include: YouTube and Facebook safety; the dangers of violent Internet games; sexting; and cyberbullying and the criminal consequences of abuse on the Internet.
Educating youth and parents about Internet safety.
School Safety Resource Officer
It was started in April 2013.
This initiative was undertaken due to parental and student concerns with cyberbullying.
No costs were involved. Other than several officer-hours involved in preparing and delivering the initiative, there is little financial cost.
The initiative was launched as an awareness campaign with officers going into schools and speaking with students on major issues related to Internet safety.
The key outcome is to have all students in Hants County attend the Internet Safety presentation. It is also important to educate parents on cyber-safety tips and for them to be aware of what their children are doing on the Internet.
Information was provided through online parent portals run by the schools to inform parents when evening parent information sessions would be held. Local communication took place through community bulletins and newspapers.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has received many positive comments from teachers, students and parents as a result of the presentations. They continue to receive requests for additional presentations.