OPP partners with Ophea to help students apply real life behaviour to life online

Sep 14, 2011

ORILLIA, ON, Sept. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - The Ontario Provincial Police has teamed up with the Ontario Physical and Health Association (Ophea) to launch an important new program this fall that will educate students, teachers and parents about Internet safety.

The new Connect[ED]; Real Life Online program is a free online resource designed for students in grades 4-6 that helps them examine and develop their online practices and behaviours as they would do in real life.  The program also provides an important tool for teachers who need to stay up-to-date with their students' online activities, as well as parents who need to be well-equipped to deal with issues that may arise from their children using the Internet.

With more than 94 per cent of children accessing the Internet at home, the OPP helped develop the program so that it effectively addresses current Internet issues such as netiquette, cyber-bullying, security and privacy.

"Safe online practices by children have always been a priority to the OPP and this new program will help enhance their safety", said Inspector Leslie Craig, Manager of the OPP Crime Prevention Section.  Internet Exploitation & Threats Prevention is one of a number of important objectives carried out by the OPP Youth Issues Unit and we are pleased to be working with Ophea towards achieving the same goals for our kids", added Craig.

The program is being delivered to schools throughout Ontario in September and the OPP will be joining Ophea, Kids Help Phone and the Ministry of Education to deliver seven regional training sessions on the program to ensure that teachers are supported in their efforts to educate their students about Internet safety.


OPP Youth Issues Unit
OPP Crime Prevention Section

For further information:

Const. Monica Cachagee, Online Risk Coordinator
Crime Prevention Section 

Phone:  (705) 329-7582 


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