POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 117 WHAT IS CYBERTIP.CA? is Canada's National Tipline for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children. It is a centralized web portal for receiving and addressing reports from the public regarding child pornography, luring, child sex tourism, and children who are exploited through prostitution. also provides the public with information, referrals and other resources to help Canadians keep their children safe while on the Internet. Child Find Manitoba's operates as one of the organization's core services. Although the majority of's reports are provided online, the public is also able to contact the tipline by phone or fax. CYBERTIP.CA'S MANDATE As Canada's National tipline,'s mandate is to protect children from online sexual exploitation by: • receiving and analyzing tips from the public about potentially illegal material and activities regarding the online sexual exploitation of children, and referring leads to the appropriate law enforcement agency; and • providing the public with information and other resources, as well as support and referral services to help Canadians keep themselves and their families' safe while on the Internet. Since launching in September 2002, the tipline has forwarded reports to law enforcement that have resulted in 27 arrests and the removal of as many as 2100 websites. HOW DOES IT WORK? If a person comes across child pornography online, or if they believe someone is attempting to lure a child for sexual purposes or commit some other sexual offence against a child, they submit a report to by visiting and filling out an online reporting form, calling a toll free number (1-866-658-9022), or faxing (1-204-948-2177) the report information. analysts are available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week to accept calls from those who require direct assistance. In order to prevent the potential transmission of child pornography to (which is unlawful in Canada), email reports are not accepted. content analysts review, prioritize and analyze every report they receive. After the report has been reviewed, the content analysts verify the report by collecting supporting information using various Internet tools and techniques. If the web site or other subject matter in question is assessed to contain potentially illegal material, a report is referred to the appropriate law enforcement agency. also gathers critical statistics and information for use by law enforcement and in public policy development. If the subject matter of the report falls outside of's mandate or is assessed to be legal, although perhaps offensive in nature, provides Internet safety information to the complainant on subjects such as Internet filters, email spam solutions, victim referrals, common lures used by child predators, or other resources that can assist the complainant in addressing their concerns. By utilizing its web portal and email facilities, can disseminate Internet safety information and other resources in an extremely cost effective manner that is both highly visible and accessible. operates as a clearinghouse or "front door" to the Canadian public for reporting offences related to the online sexual exploitation of children. In this role, is the first point of contact with the Canadian public and not only serves to avert the exploitation of children but also bridges the gap between those who want to report online victimization and law enforcement agencies who need the information to conduct an investigation. (cont’d...) CYBERTIP.CA