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September 15, 2014                 Ottawa, Ontario             Public Safety Canada

The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, invites parents to join in two online conversations, called #CyberTalk, on parenting in a digital age of cyber-bullying and cyber attacks.

On September 17 and 24, parents from across the country will have the opportunity to engage with leaders in the fields of cyber security, online safety, and parenting. Topics will range from dealing with cyberbullying to setting boundaries and keeping children safe on social media.

Moderated by Amber MacArthur and Bruno Guglielminetti, with a panel including a parenting resource and representatives from Facebook and Kids Help Phone, the sessions will take place at 1 pm (EDT) on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 (English) and September 24, 2014 (French). Viewers are encouraged to send questions for the panel in advance, via Facebook, Twitter, and

For more information visit the #CyberTalk event page on Facebook.

Quick Facts

  • #CyberTalk is part of GetCyberSafe, the Government of Canada’s cyber security awareness campaign.
  • Over one-third of Canadian teens with a social network profile – 35 per cent – have seen mean or inappropriate comments about someone they know.Footnote 1
  • The majority of Canadian teens – 59 per cent - say that they would share their passwords with friendsFootnote 2
  • One third of Canadian teens are Facebook friends with people they haven’t met in personFootnote 3


“Parenting in the age of cyber-bullying and cyber attacks has changed the digital landscape and the Internet plays an influential role in the way families connect, play and create. The GetCyberSafe campaign, through #CyberTalk, is helping parents navigate this landscape by providing practical tips for raising cyber safe and savvy kids.”
-The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

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Return to footnote 1 referrer Ipsos, Bullies Taking to Social Networking as Teens Become More Mobile - February 2013

Return to footnote 2 referrer Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Online Privacy, Online Publicity, Media Smarts, 2014

Return to footnote 3 referrer Pew Internet, Teens, Social Media, and Privacy, 2013

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