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Young Canadians attend International Youth Advisory Congress on Online Safety and Security Conference

OTTAWA, Ontario, July 11, 2008 – Twenty young Canadians will be joining representatives of the RCMP’s National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre (NCECC), in attending the International Youth Advisory Congress on Online Safety and Security (IYAC) in London, England, July 17-21, 2008.

The Congress aims to empower young people by providing a platform on which they, the main drivers of online environments, can meaningfully engage with those delivering and working with the Internet.  Nearly 200 young people from Australia, Canada, the European Union, and the United States will attend the conference, along with industry representatives and law enforcement agencies.

"I am encouraged that 20 young Canadians are taking the time during the summer to get involved in this important initiative.  Their participation will contribute 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 such as the $2 million investment over two years in the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, supporting initiatives such as the IYAC, or legislation that raises the age of consent, this government continues to take action against those who prey upon our children."

According to the RCMP Commissioner, William J. S. Elliott, the outcome of the Congress will be meaningful.  “We expect a Children and Young People’s Global Online Charter to be developed which will serve to build a roadmap and strategy for industry, government, law enforcement, and educational sectors with respect to Internet safety and security.”     

The initiative is being led by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, the United Kingdom’s dedicated organization for tackling the sexual abuse of children.  It is also supported by the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT), an international alliance of law enforcement agencies focused on Internet-facilitated child exploitation of which the RCMP’s NCECC is the Canadian representative.

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