Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

October 11, 2013 13:49 ET

Minister Blaney Visits High School Students to Emphasize the Importance of Online Safety

LÉVIS, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - Oct. 11, 2013) -

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Today, the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, met with high school students in Lévis to discuss the importance of staying safe online.

"Many of us can't picture our lives without the Internet, but it's not without significant dangers and risks, especially for youth. Cyber bullying, social media reputations, and online predators are all issues that I didn't have to contend with growing up. However, they are now critically important issues for young people to understand in order to protect themselves," Minister Blaney told students. "This Cyber Security Awareness Month, I encourage young people, along with their parents and teachers, to do their part to maintain an open dialogue on how to stay safe online."

Minister Blaney visited Le collège de Lévis to promote public awareness of cyber security through the Government of Canada's Get Cyber Safe campaign. The campaign was created to educate Canadians about Internet security and the simple steps individuals can take to protect themselves online. The campaign's goal is to bring together all levels of government, the public and private sectors, and the international community, to help Canadians be safer online.

Some of the advice provided at http://www.getcybersafe.gc.ca/ includes:

- How to protect your identity online

- How to protect your devices (computers, laptops, mobile devices)

- How to stay safe while social networking

To help Canadians become more cyber secure, the Get Cyber Safe website also offers the following resources:

- A toolkit with infographics, tip sheets and more

- Blog posts on topics such as identity theft, safe social networking, and malware

- Important information on scams and fraud

- Animated videos, including "Easy Ways to Stay Safe on Social Networks"

Helping Canadians to be safer online is one of the key pillars of Canada's Cyber Security Strategy. This Strategy represents the Government's policy - and its commitment - to keep Canadians safe in cyberspace, and to keep Canada safe, secure, and prosperous.

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

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Contact Information

  • Jean-Christophe de Le Rue
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Public Safety
    613-991-2924

    Media Relations
    Public Safety Canada
    613-991-0657
    media@ps-sp.gc.ca