Human Trafficking Prevention Online Course for Children and Adults Coming Soon to Sault College
Recognize Dangers, Take Precautions Will Be Taught In Online Microcredit Course By Sault College
Starting April 1, children and adults can learn more about the dangers of child and human trafficking – and how to prevent it – in an online cybersecurity and anti-child and human trafficking course. offered by Sault College.
Human trafficking consists of recruiting, transporting or detaining victims in order to exploit them, generally for sexual or professional purposes. Traffickers force their victims to comply through various forms of coercion.
The college has partnered with xahive, a global cybersecurity organization, to offer two microcredits in cybersecurity and the fight against child and human trafficking.
There is a micro-certificate for children in grades K-5, another for children and youth in grades 6-12 and adults, such as parents, social workers and teachers.
“We know that cybersecurity and human trafficking go hand in hand especially as technology develops and so we were able to pull together resources to create two different micro-certificates,” said Lori Crosson, Director of Training Continuing and Online Learning from Sault College. during a presentation to the college board on Thursday.
“Our kids are on tech all the time and don’t realize that saying a simple thing could get someone to know where they live, so ‘how do we protect those kids’ is the focus.”
The program contains important tips for children, such as people they may not know asking for a photo and why it’s not correct.
“Parents can have access to training so they can see what children are learning and parents can also learn ‘how can I help my child not to become a victim, how can I prevent this from happening “, Crosson said.
Crosson told the council that local school boards, agencies such as Algoma Family Services and the Sault police will be notified of the microcredit course.
“Children are the most vulnerable and most likely to fall victim to human trafficking and it is so critical that we provide young children, their families and guardians with the opportunity to really educate them about this so to keep children safe,” Jennifer said. Mosley, manager of Sault College’s e-learning program.
“It’s a really important education for our young children. Fortunately, we have a platform that allows us to reach a global audience.
“We are looking at things like the ability to define sexual harassment, trafficking, cybersecurity and cyberbullying, the ability to describe diversity, equity, inclusion and access, recognizing the origin of human trafficking and the impact of human trafficking, providing examples of cyberbullying and sexual harassment, as well as describing a foiled case of child trafficking,” said Mosley.
Crosson said that while microcredit is designed to reach a global audience, course materials can be adjusted and customized for local needs.
“It’s great to see this,” said David Orazietti, dean of aviation, trades and technology, natural environment and business at Sault College.
“I can’t help but think back to a previous role when I received briefings on human trafficking in Ontario and how horrific it was. The fact is that two-thirds of human trafficking in Canada occurs in Ontario and the average age of recruitment is 13 years old. What you are gathering today are the strategies on how we fight it. It is absolutely a great program.
After obtaining the microcredit on a Sault College webpage, students will receive a digital badge and Sault College certificate.
“Our department is working very hard to develop our microloan portfolio. We have a site with over 80 micro-credentials currently on it and growing,” Crosson said.