British Columbia

November 1 -7, 2012, was designated as Crime Prevention Week in British Columbia and the government chose to focus on family online safety, with an awareness-raising campaign on general Internet safety. In February of the previous year, the province celebrated Safer Internet Day by producing some information for parents on general Internet safety topics. As early as 2008, the Ministry of Education was circulating Internet safety information to parents.

Government has expressed concern about cybersecurity and Internet safety issues for some time, with the subject being discussed at length at a meeting of all Canada’s justice ministers in 2006.

ICT is integrated across all curriculum subjects in British Columbia’s schools, and schools all have access to resources produced by Media Awareness Network, to enable the teaching of Internet safety lessons. The University of British Columbia’s Digital Tattoo website aims to educate teens and young adults about online reputation.

Ongoing - British Columbia Education features details and performance standards for ICT Integration into schools and has a wealth of support documents for the Information and Communications Technology Applied Skills Curriculum. The Department also has an Internet Safety guide filled with tips for parents and licensed Media Awareness Network’s digital literacy tutorials Passport to the Internet and MyWorld for all publicly funded schools and has a system for online distance learning.

British Columbia Health has a resource about how it uses information technology to provide enhanced patient care with it’s various eHealth projects including sections about privacy protection and governance.

The British Columbia branch of the Royal Canadian Mountain Police has tips and resources for teens and parents about Internet safety, sexting, misuse of the Internet, and frauds and scams.

BC Crime Prevention Association

The BC Crime Prevention Association is an integrated team of citizens and police, dedicated to preventing crime and offers a number of resources and tip sheets for preventing online crime.

British Columbia Association for Media Education

This group of teachers and media professionals aims to promote media education and encourage Canadian cultural expression in the media.

British Columbia Education

The website contains a large amount of information, split into sections for target audience.

British Columbia Royal Canadian Mounted Police

RCMP has a set of Internet Safety tips and resources for parents and teens that covers sexting, misuse of the Internet, and frauds and scams.

British Columbia Technology for Learning Society

The non-profit’s mission is is to improve learning and protect the environment by refurbishing technology and giving them to schools in need.

Digital Tattoo

Digital Tattoo is a collaboration between the University of British Columbia’s Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund, BC Campus, and Victoria University and aims to test and raise awareness of people’s Internet use, habits and digital footprint, or tattoo.

E.R.A.S.E. Bullying

E.R.A.S.E. stands for ‘Expect Respect, And a Safe Education’ and is run by British Columbia Education. It contains information for parents and children, as well as a reporting tool for children who are the victims of bullying. Both online and real-world bullying are covered.

I Can Be Safe Online

A project of Community Living BC, the site provides people with developmental disabilities with information about how to be safe online.


SafeOnline offers several resources and development for parents and teachers in the online safety space.

Vancouver Community Network

The charity strives to be an inclusive, multicultural, community-based organization which ensures the free, accessible electronic creation and exchange of the broadest range of information, experience, ideas and wisdom.

Use of Social Media and Web 2.0 Technologies to Increase Knowledge and Skills of British Columbia Nurses (2012)

N. Frisch, E. Borycki, G. Mickelson, P. Atherton, H. Novak-Lauscher, D. Hooker, K. Ho

This study presents the experiences of a province-wide network in Canada that was developed using social media and Web 2.0 technologies as a means to increase nurses’ capacity in nursing health services research.

Police Perspectives on the Capacity of the Canadian Police System to Respond to “Child Pornography” on the Internet (2009)

C. Dawson

The purpose of this major paper was to explore this phenomenon within an international context, and assess the capacity of Canadian law enforcement (national and municipal) to respond.

A Picture of Health: Highlights from the 2008 BC Adolescent Health Survey (2008)

A. Smith, D. Stewart, M. Peled, C. Poon, E. Saewyc, and the McCreary Centre Society

The study addresses key information, not only about the current health picture of BC youth but also about health trends and the effect of programs and policies implemented over the past 15 years and has a section on Internet safety.

Bridging the Gap: Best Practices and Policies to Address the Online High-Risk Activities of Youth in BC (2007)

M. Horton, L. Stoneman, J. Wheeldon

This document, prepared for the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General for the Province of British Columbia, suggests that a provincial strategy to combat online sexual exploitation of youth should be based on a human service approach, favor cooperation and coordination amongst industry, government, NGOs and the public and have a strong focus on education, awareness, research and training

This section contains details of the province’s laws as they relate to sexual offenses, children and the use of the Internet in the commission of criminal activity. Where possible, sentence details have been given, including whether an increased custodial penalty is imposed where the victim is a child.

Legislation relating to criminal law is controlled at a federal level in Canada. All laws detailed in the Legislation section of the Canadian Federal government page would apply within Alberta.