05/27/2014 02:46 EDT | Updated 07/27/2014 05:59 EDT

Atlantic ministers announce online effort to educate girls about harmful images

CHARLOTTETOWN - A public education campaign that began four years ago in Atlantic Canada on cyber safety for girls has added a section to educate girls about images that depict women as sexual objects.

The Atlantic ministers responsible for the status of women met in Charlottetown today to announce a new addition to the website set up to promote online safety for girls.

The website now includes information about the effects that the depiction of women and girls as sexual objects can have on self-esteem, self-confidence and self-image.

Valerie Docherty, the minister responsible for the status of women in Prince Edward Island, says "hypersexualization" can be an uncomfortable topic but it's important to have the conversation.

Docherty was joined by her Atlantic colleagues, Marie-Claude Blais from New Brunswick, Joan Shea from Newfoundland and Labrador and Joanne Bernard from Nova Scotia.