Prince Edward Island

In February, 2013, an online safety workshop was held in Summerside to inform parents of the need to keep children safe online and the ways in which they can do that. The workshop aimed to educate both parents and students about topics such as online predators and sexting. The organizers hope that they can arrange further workshops in schools and with parents.

The government’s Child Sexual Abuse Advisory Helpline has produced a leaflet for parents in association with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The leaflet provides some basic Internet safety advice and covers things like the location of the computer and warning teens to be careful about what they share online.

In schools on the island, students are taught Internet safety topics as part of the Communication and Information Literacy Curricula for Grades K – 12. Teachers are provided with resources to teach students about Internet safety and the Department of Education has licensed online safety tutorials and workshop materials from Media Awareness Network. Further details can be found in the Education section below.

Legislation relating to criminal law is controlled at a federal level in Canada and so all laws detailed in the Legislation section of the Canada Government page would apply within Prince Edward Island.

In addition to the various national websites which exist, residents of PEI can access online safety information from the website of Child Find PEI, the details of which can be found in the Organizations section below.

2001 - The Departments of Education from New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island developed the Foundation for the Atlantic Canada Technology Education Curriculum. This document was then used as the basis for curriculum developed for ICT in each province. Online safety is addressed in this document under categories such as citizenship and ethical and responsible use of technology.

2001 - The Prince Edward Island Department of Education developed the Communication and Information Technology in the Public School System Strategic Plan, which included a multiyear plan with goals such as improve leadership, improve user support, improve human resources development, improve technical support, improve equitable access, improve research and development, and improve integration into curriculum.

Ongoing - The Prince Edward Island Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture licensed Media Awareness Network’s digital literacy tutorials Passport to the Internet and Web Awareness Workshop Series for all publicly funded schools. The department also has a resource for parents about Internet safety and bullying.

The Education Department also developed a guide for teachers on the Evaluation and Selection of Learning Resources, which includes specific guidelines for using the Internet and digital technologies in the classroom. There are also specific goals for Internet safety outcomes in its Communication and Information Technology Curricula guide for Grades K - 12 and Communication and Information Technology goals for each grade’s Specific Curriculum Outcomes Framework.

Cybersafe Girl

This project of the Departments of Education of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island and the Atlantic Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women provides information to girls, parents, and educators about how girls can be safe online.

Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture

The department has resources for parents and teachers about ICT integration and Internet safety learning outcomes.

Help My Child

A project of the Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation, offers resources for teens in areas such as cyberbullying and violence and abuse.

Taking Stock of Cyberbullying: A Scan of the PEI Context (2014)

PEI Department of Environment, Labour & Justice

The goal of this Discussion Paper is to address cyberbullying in PEI using the results of a broad-based community consultation and environmental scan.

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.

Criminal law is defined at a federal level in Canada and so no local laws exist within Prince Edward Island which would be relevant to online safety.