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AFP takes cyber safety to regional communities

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The Australian Federal Police is undertaking a roadshow of its cyber safety programme, ThinkUKnow, in NSW and Victoria aimed at educating communities about how to keep young people safe in online environments.

In partnership with Commonwealth Bank, the regional forums will take place in Griffith, Wagga, Albury and Moama in NSW, and Mildura and Shepparton in Victoria.

Law Enforcement and Cyber Security Minister Angus Taylor said cyber safety and security was an issue for all Australians no matter where they are, and the roadshow sought to give regional Australians access to this vital programme.

“The ThinkUKnow forums will address the challenges the Internet presents to the Australian community, including our law enforcement agencies, and aims to empower parents and teachers with solutions,” he said.

“These issues range from cyber bullying and online grooming to inappropriate content to other potential illegal behaviour.

“Cyber safety for young people is one of the highest priorities for the Turnbull Government, and we will continue to work to stamp out cyber bullying and illegal activity to keep our children safe.”

AFP assistant commissioner Deb Platz said the roadshow was an example of the agency using the strength within communities to prevent crime.

“While law enforcement agencies are becoming more and more advanced in preventing crime online, we know that one of the most effective ways to keep young people safe is through education,” Platz said.

“This means encouraging conversations about cyber safety over the dinner table, letting parents and teachers know the warning signs to look out for, as well as where they can go for support and to report.”

Yuval Illuz, chief information, security and trust officer at the Commonwealth Bank, said the bank’s cyber security team — Digital Protection Group — would deliver cyber security sessions during the forum.

“The best approach to cyber security is to be informed and proactive,” Illuz said.

“That is why it is important for the Commonwealth Bank to be working with the government, AFP and businesses across the country to help mitigate potential risks online.”

The ThinkUKnow roadshow runs until 3 May.


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