Crime Prevention Ottawa has released a new tool to help people spot the differences between healthy online flirtations and hidden harassment.

The Canadian Human Rights Commission defines harassment as, “any unwanted physical or verbal behaviour that offends or humiliates you.” This includes unwelcome online interactions. As we spend more time behind our screens than ever before, it’s important to know how to stay safe online.

Online harassment: Get the facts

  • 62% of girls in Canada have been harassed or abused online (Plan International)
  • Sexual harassment, body shaming and stalking are common types of online harassment against girls (Plan International)
  • People of colour and 2SLGBTQ+ people are disproportionally targeted by online harassers (Harvard Business Review)

Everyone deserves to feel safe online
Online harassment is a serious issue. That’s why CPO developed the new Navigating online flirtationships and harassment tool. It’s designed to help people of all ages safely chat online and features:

  • A checklist to identify harassment
  • Examples of healthy chats versus harassment
  • Links to resources and support

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