SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. (CNB) – Atlantic ministers responsible for the Status of Women have committed to developing a five-year strategy focusing on promoting education and awareness about the impact of social media on young girls.

The commitment was made during the 2nd annual Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women meeting held in Summerside, P.E.I., last week.

"As the number of young girls using social media sites continues to grow it is important that girls, their parents and the public are aware of the proper precautions to take to ensure their safety," said Pam Lynch, legislative secretary to the minister of environment, status of women and Communications New Brunswick.

The strategy will address the impact of social media use by young girls by identifying current safety measures in place; recognizing existing gaps and emerging needs; and collaborating with social media advisers.

Other items on the agenda included human trafficking of women and girls, gender-based analysis and Aboriginal women's issues.

The 3rd annual Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women meeting will be held in Newfoundland in the spring of 2012.