Online safety campaign begins
An online public service announcement campaign aimed at young Canadians began yesterday. The ads were created by members of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada as part of an initiative called the CanTech Digital Arts Contest, which was sponsored by Microsoft Canada. The ads take the form of videos on the subject of Internet safety, including issues such as online bullying, the sharing of personal information and the risks of contacting strangers. Six videos have been posted online, divided into separate categories for those created by people under the age of 13 and those created by people over the age of 13. The winner in each category received an Xbox 360 video game console. "We appreciate the leadership Microsoft Canada has shown in educating Canadians about the importance of Internet safety," said Pam Joliffe, president and CEO of Boys and Girls Club of Canada. "This partnership is connecting with Canadian youth in an innovative way on this issue and we're extremely proud of the videos the young people from our clubs created."