Cyber safety webinars offered for Vernon students and parents

Cyber safety webinars

Police are bringing a cyber safety message to schools in the North Okanagan.

"In recent years, the RCMP has seen an increase in sextortion, cyberbullying, child luring, child pornography, and other types of online offences and inappropriate activity involving our students," Vernon RCMP spokesperson Const. Chris Terleski says in a press release.

The local detachment has collaborated with Victoria-based online safety education company The White Hatter to provide parents and students in School District 22 the opportunity to participate in two webinars.

The webinars are free to participants, thanks to support from the North Okanagan Shuswap CrimeStoppers Society.

"Our children are spending more and more time online, and at younger ages and with the pace of technology, our children are being exposed to more and more risk as they navigate the online world," says Const. Neil Horne, school resource officer for the North Okanagan.

The webinars will teach children how to stay safe and protect themselves online, but will also provide parents, who may feel overwhelmed trying to keep up with their children, with tools and resources so they can take an active role keeping their children and teens safe while using the internet.

Two live virtual sessions are offered: Oct. 13 9-10:15 a.m. on social media safety and digital literacy for Grade 6/7 students, and Oct. 20 7-9 p.m. for parents and caregivers.

A link to access the presentations will be distributed to parents by their school administrators.

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