October marks Child Abuse Prevention month and, in support of this initiative, D/Cst. Brian Vickers from our Internet Child Exploitation Unit made a special presentation regarding the dangers of the Internet.
“While the Internet is beneficial in many ways, it also, unfortunately, can open the door to online predators,” said D/Cst. Vickers. “Our unit specifically focuses on these types of cases and reaches out to kids, parents, schools, and other community partners to teach them how to protect themselves.”
Durham Children’s Aid Society hosted the event and Durham Region Family Services educated attendees about minimizing the risk of sexual abuse of children.
A recent survey of 1,200 children showed 1 in 5 have sent nude or semi-nude pictures to someone and that kids need to remember that once an image is on the Internet, it’s on there forever.
More information is available in the Safety Tips area of our website.
If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected in our community, please contact us at 1-888-579-1520 or Durham CAS at 1-905-433-1551.
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D/Cst. Vickers makes his presentation (JPG file, 91.5K bytes)