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Predator's Playground: W5

Catalogue Number:  CTV617
Producer:  CTV
Producing Agencies:  CTV
Subject:  Criminal Justice & Law, Cyber Education, Guidance, Safety, Social Media
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2014
Running Time:  35:00
Closed Captions:  Yes

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As Canadian children are "wired" an average of seven hours a day on laptops, tablets, and cell phones, there are an estimated 750,000 predators online worldwide right now, lurking, "liking" and learning the online activities of underaged users.  Is it easy pickings for predators in the online world? W5 investigates how much children and teens are sharing through social media and speaks to the mother of a teen whose tragic suicide rattled Canada says what happened to her daughter could happen to anyone.

Detective Randy Norton is part of an Ontario Provincial Police joint taskforce called “Project P” – the “P” stands for child pornography. At his office at Durham Regional Police we watched him work, logging onto chat rooms while posing as a teen. Within minutes he’s being invited to chat and share pictures with what are obviously older men. Norton stresses that parents must pay attention to where their children are going online and to keep lines of communication open, particularly as the number of online sites used by kids and predators keeps growing. “You know, there's Tiny Chat, Text Plus, What's App, Kick, Twitter, Keek, Tumbler, Omegle and other ones. These are the ones that the parents need to start looking to see if your kids are actually communicating on them.”



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