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Tuesday February 9th, 2016

Posted at 11:31am

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Today is International Safer Internet Day, and the OPP is encouraging young people and their families to T.H.I.N.K b4 U Send to ensure their safety in the online world.

Police say that one of the growing concerns associated with the internet and mobile devices include cyberbullying. Cyberbullying happens when people use computers, cellphones or other devices to embarrass, humiliate, torment, threaten or harass someone else. With the rapid advances in technologies, cyberbullying is happening to more and more people every day.

Another increasing concern is the issue of self/peer exploitation. Also known as “sexting”, this behaviour is commonly defined as youth creating, sending or sharing sexual images and/or videos with peers via the Internet, social media sites and/or electronic devices.

The OPP is encouraging everyone to apply the T.H.I.N.K test before posting or sending a cyber message or photo. If it doesn’t pass the T.H.I.N.K test you may be breaking the law.

Ask yourself:

T – is it true?

H – is it hurtful?

I – is it illegal?

N – is it necessary?

K – is it kind?

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