Learning about Internet child exploitation

Lisa Goudy
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Lindale School Community Council putting on event featuring Const. Peter Froh

On Wednesday, members of the public are invited to learn more about the dangers of online predators.

Saskatchewan Internet Child Exploitation Unit

The Lindale School Community Council (SCC) is putting on an event at the school at 6:30 p.m. featuring RCMP Const. Peter Froh of the Saskatchewan Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit. It will take place at Lindale Elementary School, 1322 11th Ave. N.W. The session is free and open to everyone of all ages.

"He has many years of experience and expertise in relation to the Internet and some of the dangers. He'll be speaking about online predators, social media use and potential risks on the Internet," said Darcy Pryor, vice-chair of the SCC.

"I think, too, all of our eyes are probably going to be opened by just knowing the dangers once the dangers come to light and to see what's all out there."

Pryor added that the SCC supports the school's learning improvement plan and learning goals, including for math and reading programs. The SCC also puts on some events, such as a movie night in the gym, camping with a book in the gym and winter carnivals.

However, Wednesday's event marks the first time the SCC has organized something on that topic.

"We were just kind of brainstorming ideas of what we can do to support the schools and we think this is a topic that might be very informative for parents and guardians to know about the dangers that are there," said Pryor.

According to the Regina Police Service website, the ICE unit falls under the Criminal Investigations Division of the Regina Police Service, consisting of members from the Regina Police Service, Saskatoon Police Service, Prince Albert Police Service and the RCMP. 

The unit came to be because of "increasing crimes of exploiting children through the use of the Internet" and was brought forward in a proposal seeking a unit to investigate those crimes. The Sask. ICE unit began in spring 2009.

"The unit's mandate is to reduce Internet-facilitated child sexual exploitation by identifying victimized children and investigating and assisting in the prosecution of sexual offenders," the website said.

"We're really looking forward to hearing Const. Peter Froh to talk about the current realities having to do with Internet and children," added Pryor.

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Organizations: SCC, Lindale School Community Council, RCMP Regina Police Service Lindale Elementary School Criminal Investigations Division Saskatoon Police Service Prince Albert Police Service

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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