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28th February 2012
FROM/DE: Child Sexual Exploitation Unit Crime Prevention Section
** Correction– Contact Phone number Has been Corrected**
OPP ISSUE WARNING FOR TEENS ON DANGERS OF IRRESPONSIBLE TEXTING
Long Term Danger of Damage to Reputation and Identity
(ORILLIA, ON) – Once it’s out there, you can’t get it back. That’s the message the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is putting out to teens across the province. A mistaken belief that their texted messages and images shared among peers will remain private and secure puts them in real danger of becoming victims of their own words and actions.
Teens frequently engage in relationships with peers through the use of their mobile devices and computers that lead to “self-peer exploitation” (also known as sexting). As a result of misbelieving that they can remain anonymous, they often also engage in this type of behaviour with individuals whom they don’t know but have only ever met online.
Teens need to become aware that this kind of risky activity has very real dangers associated with it that includes many unintended consequences and permanent long term threats to their identity and their reputations.
Every day, thousands of teens are photographing and videotaping themselves in suggestive and compromising photos and sending the images through electronic devices to their peers. Quite often, this type of conduct can quickly become a dangerous game as those images never stay with the one intended to receive it. Instead they are frequently mindlessly passed along by the recipient to friends, who pass it on to other friends who continue this cycle of distribution while some post them to social networking sites, and download them onto the internet.
The resulting shame and embarrassment that is experienced by the teen that is now a victim of their own actions as a result of their realization of what has occurred can have very tragic results.
Officers are increasingly seeing more teens that are unable to cope with the self-inflicted personal shame and embarrassment that they have unknowingly created from what they had previously believed to be “harmless fun”.
There is also a real criminal risk for those individuals who receive these images and re-distributes them. Often unknowingly, by sending the images to others and posting them, these individuals are engaging in the distribution of child pornography and could face the Criminal charges.
Parents, guardians and educators need to learn more about this serious social issue. They should recognize the significance of this problem, discuss it with their teens and monitor their social media activities. Reminding teens about the short and long term consequences of their social media behaviours will have a positive impact on this public safety risk.
Inspector Scott Naylor, Manager of the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit says, “Self-peer exploitation has become a big social issue that no one has been adequately prepared to manage. Those with a vested interest in the protection of children need to get involved and learn how to protect them from permanently damaging their lives. Understand what self-peer exploitation is, and find out what to do about it. There are ways to intervene.”
· Canadians Sources to Prevent Child Victimization: Canadian Centre for Child Protection
· Intervention and Prevention Programs: Cybertip.ca
· OPP Internet Safety Resources: Internet Safety for Teens & Parents
· Video (English) “Think before You Send”: Think Before You Send - Cybertips.ca
· Vidéo (French) “Pense-y avant”: Pense-y avant
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Contact: Det. Sgt. Terry Paddon
Phone: (705) 330-3248 (corrected)
27th February 2012
Brockville Police and PROJECT COMMODORE
Crime Stoppers Kingston/1000 Islands has teamed up with The Brockville Police Service to initiate "Project Commodore", a multifaceted approach to deal with incidents where the internet and/or electronic devices are used to perpetrate crimes.
Representatives from Crime Stoppers Kingston/1000 Islands and Brockville Police will be attending the Following list of Brockville schools:
Students will engage in a conversation designed to educate students regarding:
For more information regarding Project Commodore please email email@example.com
08th February 2012
30th January 2012
Congratulations to Kingston Police and all their associates for their work that resulted in the conviction of the three people who murdered their own family.
It is hard to believe, but in Pakistan there was an estimated 675 murders of women and children through 'Honour Killings' in the first nine months of 2011.
This does not take into account the abuse of many women who were not murdered. It is obvious that many people from many different countries with this type of 'moral code' manage to move to Canada.
At Crime Stoppers, we are trying to raise awareness of all types of bullying and worse, so if you know of ANY situation where inhuman behaviour is going on, please call Crime Stoppers.
Also, if you have any ideas, or want to help us in any way, please get in touch at the email above!