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Online Safety/Age Verification. February 22, 2024.

Online Safety/Age Verification

February 22 (Thursday), 2024 – 11:00 a.m. PDT / 1:00 p.m. MDT and CST / 2:00 p.m. EST / 3 p.m. Atlantic Time.

This webinar will be 1.5 hours.

In a digital world where children and youth have access to social media platforms, adult content websites and video games, we see the importance of advocating and implementing proper restrictions and regulations to safeguard them against the indefensible consequences that cause irreparable damage.

Online Safety is a global issue and it is imperative that we, as parents, caregivers and concerned citizens, take an active role in safeguarding and empowering children and youth from online harm.  In this webinar, participants will learn:

  • What parents, caregivers and concerned citizens can do to help keep children and youth safe while they are online.
  • Current technology available to prevent children and youth from accessing adult content websites.
  • The implications of age verification regulations.
  • How governments and tech giants can help protect children and youth.

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Michelle Abel

Michelle Abel

Michelle is a survivor of Familial Trafficking and Abuse and a staunch advocate for the exploited, marginalized and oppressed. She has been working in providing direct support to victims and survivors, speaking at conferences and facilitates training on Familial Trafficking.

Michelle currently works for The Salvation Army as the Lived Experience Engagement and Inclusion Consultation with the Territorial Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Response Committee in Canada and Bermuda.

She also is the founder of Bridge2Future - a non - profit whose primary mission is research, advocacy and policy advice against generational trauma, intimate partner violence and the commercial sexual exploitation of women and children.

Michelle has submitted briefs to different committees in the Canadian House of Commons, United Kingdom House of Commons and advocated for legislation in the United States Congress.

Michelle was invited by:

  • The 24h Conference on Global Organized Crime Summit to be part of a panel discussing the “Victimization and Human Trafficking”.

  • The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) to participate on “Hope on the Hill – Catalyzing Policies to Eradicate Sexual Exploitation” in Washington DC.

  • Transatlantic Summit at United Nations Headquarters in New York to participate in “Affirming Universal Human Rights Uniting Cultures for Life, Family and Fundamental Freedoms”.

  • Concordia University to be part of a Workshop panel “Our Kids Online: Porn, Predators & How to Keep Them Safe.