Rules & Guidelines
At YTV, we are committed to providing a fun and safe online environment for kids aged 6-18.
We have compiled some community guidelines and safety resources for both kids and their parents to adhere by. We strongly encourage parents to go through this content with their kids to better explain the importance of maintaining a safe online profile.
Although our Community is moderated, it is important that our members understand that we maintain a zero-tolerance policy in regards to cyber bullying.
If you're new to YTV.com, please start with our community guidelines as they will help you fit in to this amazing community!
Safety For Kids
The web is a great place to hang out, to find out stuff, and to share comments and ideas with people who are into the same kind of stuff you are. But the Internet isn't always a safe place - so we've put together some tips for you to read that will help you handle situations if they come up. First thing is don't give out personal information without asking your parents. Personal information can mean:
Your phone number
Your mom or dad's name
The name of your school
Your teacher or your friend's names
Secondly, if you run into something on the internet that makes you uncomfortable - whether it's on the web or it's sent to you - tell your mom or dad, or an adult you can talk to, and get them to deal with it. Never agree to meet anyone you have "met" online.
Never send your picture over the internet without checking with your parents or another adult. Don't answer mean messages, or rude ones, or messages asking for personal information. If you do get a message like that - tell your parents right away, so they can help you deal with it. Make sure you obey the rules that your parents have set out for you. Make up a cool nickname for when you join a chat or a game online. Never tell anyone your real name or your password. Get your parents to read the safety for parent's tips.
Safety For Parents
The web is a great place for kids to hang out and learn about topics that are of interest to them. However, there are areas on the internet that are not appropriate for children.
The guidelines we have drawn up are a starting point for parents of children who surf. The most important thing is to be aware of what your children are doing online. This may mean surfing with your children, or talking to them about the Sites that they like or that they have recently discovered on the web.
Make surfing a family activity, particularly with young children.
Set ground rules, so each person knows what is expected of them. For example, you could go through the safety tips together so everyone understands the whats and the whys.
There are software programs that allow parents to block certain websites from their kids. Some programs are more flexible than others, so you may want to shop around to find one that you're comfortable with.
Keeping your computer safe:
An internet virus may be compromising your YTV.com experience with unsuitable advertisements. This virus hijacks ad placements and replaces them with malicious content.
Users who have this virus may also notice similar inappropriate content on other reputable sites.
If you are viewing ads that are clearly not appropriate for this website, here are a few steps we suggest to help resolve the problem:
- Clear your browser cache and cookies.
- Update your virus scanners definitions and run a full virus scan.
- Run a spyware scan on your system, using a tool such as Spybot Search and Destroy.
- Update your Windows or Macintosh OS with the latest safety patches from Microsoft or Apple.
- If you are using Internet Explorer, try switching to Firefox or Safari as a web browser as they don't have the same vulnerabilities.
- Use a firewall and real-time virus scanner to protect yourself and your system.
The online world is an evolving system, which requires users to take a proactive approach to maintain the security of their systems in order to avoid attacks. However, there are no guarantees that your system won't be compromised by malware, even if you've taken all the right steps.
When it comes to the web, deception is real.
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Cyberspace is a giant virtual world full of interesting sites, games, blogs, quizzes, chat rooms, and most of all, other people.
Although it's cool and exciting to explore all the great things that the World Wide Web has to offer, it's NOT cool to give out any information about yourself, unless you know exactly who you are giving it out to.
Don't forget to follow the Surf Smart tips:
- Don't give out any personal information, such as your name, age, address and school online.
- Make arrangements online to only meet with friends, never strangers.
- Only accept e-mails, files and instant messages from people you know.
- Don't trust everyone online because not everyone tells the truth.
- Tell an adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or threatened online.
Bullying and the Bystander
Bullying usually involves three individuals or groups: the bully, the victim and the bystander. Bullying is repeated, aggressive behaviour towards one person from another person or group of people--and it is hurtful. It might be shoving, name-calling, lunch-stealing or even gossiping.
You may think that as long as you're not the bully you're not hurting anyone, but that's not true--the bystander plays an important role in a bullying situation.
YTV believes that bystanders have the power to help stop bullying.
- Bystanders (other kids watching) are present most of the time (85%) when there is a bully episode on the playground or in the classroom.
- Most kids feel uncomfortable witnessing bullying, but very few intervene.
- When peers step in, the bullying stops within ten seconds 57% of the time.
HOW BYSTANDERS CAN HELP
You're a "bystander" if you watch the bullying, but don't take part in it. In fact, you are exactly the audience that the bully wants. But you can help stop the bullying. Here are some tips:
- Recognize bullying -- It's not just physical. It can be social and verbal as well. Telling someone they're "ugly" is considered bullying, and can be just as hurtful as hitting them.
- Walk away -- By standing around and watching you encourage the bully. Walk away and go get help.
- Encourage bystanders to get involved as a group -- Band together and walk away.
- Keep track of places where bullying is taking place -- If you tell an adult in charge, they will monitor these areas more closely.
- Speak up -- Tell the bully that they're wrong and that you won't get involved in any bullying.
- Help the victim -- Put yourself in their shoes. Would you want someone to help you if you were being picked on? Of course.
THERE ARE NO INNOCENT BYSTANDERS
If you're standing around watching, you're part of the problem not the solution.
NOTE: Reporting bullying is NOT tattling. Tattling is when you want to get someone in trouble. When you report bullying, you are helping someone else. It is important to know and understand the difference.
IT'S DIFFERENT FOR BOYS AND GIRLS...
If you find yourself in a situation where you are being pressured into doing something you don't want to do, try these tools. Boys and girls have different experiences with bullying, so we have some tips for both of you.
- STOP and THINK. Don't just rush in.
- Walk away.
- Make a joke, sometimes humour is the best way to relieve tension.
- Let it pass, ignore the situation and carry on as if nothing happened.
- Talk it out. It can be a teacher or a friend. If something is really bothering you, talk about it.
- Create a scene to draw attention away from the bullying. Yell, sing, jump around, anything that will draw people away from the bully.
- Speak up! You have a right to be heard.
- Have a positive attitude.
- Make up your own mind. Just because everyone else is doing it, doesn't mean you have to as well.
- Choose your friends carefully. Like them for their good qualities, not just because they're popular.
- Be true to yourself. In the end, no one matters more than you do.
Don't put up with bullying in your school!
ARE YOU A VICTIM OF BULLYING?
Bullying is scary and embarrassing. It can make you feel as if it's your fault--it's not! Here are a few things to remember:
- THIS WILL END. You will not have to feel this bad forever!!
- Stay calm, bullies LOVE a reaction so don't give them one.
- Don't fight back; you may get hurt or make the situation worse.
- Try to calmly withdraw from the situation.
- Avoid being alone.
- Try to use humour to diffuse the situation.
- Don't be afraid to tell an adult you trust. Even if you just want to talk about it, they will listen.
SOURCES FOR HELP WITH BULLYING
Talk to an adult you trust, at home or at school.
If you've tried the above tips and the bullying still continues, then check out these other sources for more help:
To talk to someone try Kids Help Phone
Whatever the problem, Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 to help you. They offer free confidential counselling and information on the phone or online. You can reach them at 1-800-668-6868 or post a message online at kidshelpphone.ca
For information try:
Concerned Children's Advertisers -- they have loads more info on bullying. Visit www.cca-kids.ca