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Last Call: Students invited to International Online Safety Congress

Ottawa, Ontario – March 19, 2008 - The National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre (NCECC), Ottawa Police Service (OPS) and partnering agencies, are looking for 20 students to represent Canada at the International Youth Advisory Congress on Online Safety and Security (IYAC).

The Congress will be held in London, England from July 17 to July 21, 2008. Twenty students will be selected to represent Canada at the conference. Students between the ages of fourteen and sixteen who are Internet-savvy and wish to be considered for one of the twenty Canadian spots have until March 31, 2008, to submit an application. A total of 300 students from Australia, Canada, the European Union, and the United States will attend the conference. The complete registration package can be found at www.deal.org/IYAC/eng/

"I encourage youth to get involved with this initiative, which recognizes the important contribution they can make in helping young people from falling victim to online predators," said the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety. "Whether it has been through increased funding to partners in child protection or legislation that raises the age of consent, this Government continues to take action against those who prey upon our children."

"Today’s youth are part of a new Internet generation who grew up playing, communicating and learning in cyberspace," said RCMP Supt. Earla-Kim McColl, Officer in Charge of the National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre (NCECC). "It’s important to gain their insights and learn from their experiences in our efforts to protect them from people who may try to victimize them online."

According to Sergeant Debbie Miller, Ottawa Police Service, "The participants will take part in IYAC workshops, panel discussions, and activities with other youth representatives from the United Kingdom, European Union, Australia, and the United States. We believe that this event is a tremendous developmental opportunity for our young people."

The conference will be hosted by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre(CEOP), in partnership with the Virtual Global Task Force(VGT), an international law enforcement organization dedicated to fighting the online victimization of children. Both organizations are based in London, UK.

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For information:
RCMP Media Relations, (613) 993-2999