10/11/2012 10:15 EDT | Updated 12/11/2012 05:12 EST

Initiative aims to stop online luring, violence against young girls

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - A public education project has been launched with the goal of protecting girls from sexual predators online and other forms of so-called cyber-violence and abuse.

Atlantic Canadian ministers responsible for the status of women introduced the Cybersafe Girl project today at a junior high school in St. John's, N.L.

The project includes a website with information on cyber-violence and ways to avoid dangerous situations on the Internet.

Charlene Johnson, Newfoundland and Labrador's minister responsible for the status of women, says statistics show girls are more likely to experience cyber-violence than boys.

She says it's important for young girls to recognize online risks.

The project's launch coincides with the first International Day of the Girl, which recognizes girls' rights and challenges.


On the Web: www.cybersafegirl.ca