We strongly support the protection of minors online and Bell contributes $150,000 every year to promote cyber safety through the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. Half of that amount goes to Cybertip.ca, a national tip line that allows Canadians to report concerns about the online sexual exploitation of children, among other activities. The other half of Bell’s donation goes to help reduce “sexting” – which is when young people share sexual imagery digitally or via text. Bell has funded 2 guides to help parents and educators address the issue. Bell’s support also helped the Centre launch needhelpnow.ca which provides young people with practical advice on dealing with sexting situations.
In 2014, Bell continued its $50,000 annual commitment to MediaSmarts, which is committed to digital literacy for parents, families, teachers and librarians. Bell is also a founder of the Canadian Coalition Against Internet Child Exploitation and its Cleanfeed Canada initiative, developed to reduce Canadians’ exposure to child pornography.Our Bell.ca support pages include tips on how to protect children when they are online Topics include how to manage internet settings with parental controls, how to deal with cyberbullying, and what to tell kids about how to surf the Internet safely.