Internet Safety


I received an unsolicited e-mail from a foreign country or a financial institution. Is this email legitimate?

This type of e-mail was not likely intended specifically for you but it is a well known "scam" that preys on hopeful people.

Although it may seem you are the personal recipient of one of these e-mails, it is most likely that the intended recipient was an entire group of people in a group mailbox at your internet service provider, such as Rogers, Bell, Yahoo, Hotmail, Execulink, Excite, or other email service providers.

You can simply choose to ignore this e-mail and delete it from your e-mail program AND/OR you may wish to forward this on to the Police Services for information purposes.

Please note that this type of complaint is well known to police.

I received e-mail about child/adult pornography and I never asked for this email to be sent to me. What do I do?

It is likely that the e-mail message you received was actually destined for a "group e-mail account" which is often the case for "SPAM" (unsolicited e-mail). If you are the holder of a Hotmail, Yahoo or Excite free e-mail account, then you were likely not the intended recipient.

If you have a Hotmail account, then you should consider setting up filters to weed out unsolicited e-mail. If you use Outlook Express as your e-mail reader, then you can setup Message Rules through the Tools menu.

You can simply choose to ignore this e-mail and delete it from your e-mail program AND/OR you may wish to forward this on to the Technological Crimes Unit for information purposes.

I am concerned about my kids using Chat programs. What can I do to ensure their safety?

The following are rules and tips parents should review with their children:


-      Don't give out information about yourself like your last name, your phone number, where you live, or where you go to school - without asking your parents first.


-      Never e-mail a picture of yourself to strangers.


-      Uncomfortable? Don't look around or explore. Did someone text you, send you anything, or did you see anything to make you uneasy and uncomfortable. Get your parents instead - they know what to do.


-      Do not make plans to meet! Making plans to meet your internet buddies in real life is usually a really bad idea. They are strangers and people in real life can be very different from who they pretend to be online. If you decide to do it anyway, have your mom or dad help make the plans and go with you.


-      Don't open up e-mails, files, or web pages that you get from people you don't really know or trust.


-      Don't ever give out your password, except to responsible adults in your family.
Always follow your family's rules for the Internet - they're there to make sure you have fun and stay safe online.


-      Surfing the internet is free, so do not spend money. Don't ever do anything that could cost your family money unless your parents are there to help you do it.