The OPP is reminding everyone that next Thursday is Safe Internet Day. The day is to promote and educate online safety, especially for kids. Police say one tip is to turn all geo-tagging off on social media, so potential threats can’t tell where photos were taken.

Parents should discuss the potential dangers of the internet with their children and educate them on how to handle situations if they arise. Here are some basic things parents can do to protect their children:

–       Monitor sites visited by your children.

–       Keep computer in an open area of the home.

–       Remind children to protect their passwords; never let them share them with friends.

–       Unplug webcams when they’re not in use.

–       Be sure who they’re talking to before allowing them to turn on a web cam.

–       Make sure they protect their on-line identity at all times and don’t give out any identifying information.

–       Don’t let them get involved in a chat room discussion with someone you don’t know.

–       Limit the amount of time they spend online.

–       Explore the games your child plays to determine if they are age-appropriate.

–       Communicate openly with your child, encouraging him/her to share feelings.

“As parents it is our responsibility to make sure our children are safe. The internet can be a dangerous place for children to be unsupervised. It only takes a minute for a parent to check on their child’s activity on the computer and make sure they are using the internet safely”, says Manitoulin OPP Detachment Commander Staff Sergeant Kevin Webb.

You can check out the OPP website at www.opp.ca.

If you require further information contact your local detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.