The Cybersafe Girl  website has been expanded to include a new section with information on the hypersexualization of young girls.

The announcement was made today in Charlottetown at a meeting of the Atlantic ministers responsible for the Status of Women.

The hypersexualization of girls - girls being treated or depicted as sexual objects - was a major focus of discussion at the meeting.

P.E.I.'s minister, Valerie Docherty, said although hypersexualization can be an uncomfortable topic, it is important to have a credible source for information. 

She said the website now includes information to better understand the issue.

“We are pleased to be a part of this collaborative Atlantic forum of ministers and senior officials responsible for the Status of Women,” said Joanne Bernard, minister responsible for the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women.

“I welcome the opportunity to be the incoming chair, as we continue to work together to address the diversity of challenges and opportunities common to women and girls across Atlantic Canada," said Bernard.

Cybersafe Girl is a public education campaign developed by the Atlantic ministers responsible for the Status of Women back in 2012 to provide information about how girls can be safer online.