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Public Safety Canada

February 08, 2010 12:49 ET

Government of Canada Partners With the Canadian Centre for Child Protection for Safer Internet Day

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Feb. 8, 2010) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, today joined the Canadian Centre for Child Protection to launch a new Internet safety portal. This portal advises parents on getting involved in their children's online safety.

"Safer Internet Day reminds us of the importance of being involved in our children's Internet activities," said Minister Toews. "Our Government remains committed to fighting exploitation of children on the Internet. We will continue our work with our valued partners such as the Canadian Centre for Child Protection and the RCMP's National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre."

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection has created a 'one-stop-shop' for Internet safety information. The Door that's not Locked website is designed to raise awareness for parents about what their children are doing online. The website is based on the results of a nationwide parent survey and gives them tools to help protect their children from online predators. 

"While many parents are quick to lock the front door of their home, they allow their kids to experience the unsupervised, open door of the Internet – despite the very real dangers the online world presents," said Lianna McDonald, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. "The Door that's not Locked has been designed to help open the door to parents, teachers and anyone else interested in educating themselves about online safety so they are better equipped to keep kids safe."

Safer Internet Day - held this year on February 9, 2010 – is an internationally recognized day to promote awareness of safe and responsible use of online technologies.

Last year our government announced a renewed commitment to work with our partners through the National Strategy for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet. This initiative has played an important role in helping to make sure young people online stay safe and that we take action to crack down on sexual predators. The Government of Canada is investing $71 million over five years to support the National Strategy. 

For more information on efforts to combat child exploitation please visit: www.cybertip.ca and www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ncecc-cncee/index-accueil-eng.htm. For more information on the Canadian Centre for Child Protection's new Internet safety portal, please visit: www.thedoorthatsnotlocked.ca.

For more information, please visit the website www.publicsafety.gc.ca.

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