Smart Social campaign promotes cyber-security for young people

The Waterloo Regional Police Service is pleased to support the Smart Social campaign and invites young adults between the ages of 15 and 22 to participate in an Instagram contest.

Smart Social, which is a campaign led by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and is sponsored by TELUS WISE, encourages a discussion about cyber-security and protecting the personal online brand of young Canadians.

“We are proud to support this timely and worthwhile message so that we can collectively protect and promote the interests of our young people.” said Kevin Chalk, Deputy Chief of Police. “In keeping with the adoption of this initiative by the CACP, we are pleased to do our part in delivering this important message to the Waterloo Region community.”

Young people are invited to post an appropriate image on Instagram along with a related online safety tip that is associated to one of the following three categories; Sharing Intimate Images/Sexting, Cyberbullying, and Identity Theft. The hashtag #TELUSWISE can be used to capture the post and participants are also asked to submit the photo to the Smart Social website.

Waterloo Regional Police School Resource Officers will also be disseminating posters, post cards, and webcam covers to help share the message of cyber-security in secondary schools.  Those who participate in the online Instagram contest will be entered to win prizes including one of three $1,000 prizes for their school or a tablet.

The contest is open from October 12 through November 4, 2016.  For more information, visit the Smart Social website or check out the Waterloo Regional Police Service Instagram account @OfficialWRPS.

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