A recent survey by the Entertainment Software Association of Canada suggests that many parents aren’t aware their kids play games online.
Without knowing what information is safe to share in cyberspace, children could be exposing themselves to unnecessary risks.
“The Internet presents a number of risks to children, so it’s extremely important that parents are aware of what their kids are doing online, aware of the risks associated, and of the safety strategies they can teach their kids to help make their online adventures safer ones,” said Lianna McDonald, executive director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. “Being in an online environment is no different than going to a park or to the mall—there are safety strategies that apply and it’s the responsibility of adults to ensure that children know about them.”
The Zoe and Molly Online website was created to educate children on how to stay safe when playing games online. It also teaches children that there’s a danger connected to sharing personal information and photos to people they speak with on the Internet.
This website sends out the message that “If asked to share and your parents aren’t aware, say NO!”
The website is a collaboration between the Canadian Centre for Child Protection and Shaw Communications.
For more information, visit www.zoeandmolly.ca.