AFP - Australian Federal Police

10/13/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/12/2017 19:19

AFP urges the community to Stay Smart Online

This is a joint media release between the AFP and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

The Australian Federal Police is supporting Stay Smart Online Week to promote simple steps for the community to stay safe online.

During the week the Australian Federal Police's national cyber safety crime prevention program 'ThinkUKnow' released a new suite of guides and worked with a range of schools and organisations delivering cyber safety and security information.

ThinkUKnow is a partnership between the AFP, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Microsoft Australia and Datacom, and is delivered in collaboration with all State and Territory police and Neighbourhood Watch Australasia. The initiative aims to empower all Australians to be safe, respectful and resilient online.

AFP National Manager Crime Operations Assistant Commissioner Debbie Platz said that while there are challenges in the online environment, we can all take simple steps to protect our devices and personal information.

'There's no doubt that Australians are online more than ever before. The internet is part of our everyday lives; from entertainment to education, socialising, shopping, banking and business. So, it's no surprise that criminals haven taken to the internet to steal money, information and identities.

'The AFP aims to empower all Australians protect themselves through initiatives like the ThinkUKnow program. The program now features a new suite of ThinkUKnow guides, the SOS Guide to Cyber Safety and SOS Guide to Cyber Security, launched by Minister for Justice Michael Keenan.

'The SOS Guide to Cyber Security was developed in consultation with the Commonwealth Bank's Digital Protection Group, providing information to the community to understand cybercrime, how to secure information and devices, and how to report.

'The SOS Guide to Cyber Safety is designed for parents, carers and teachers. It includes information on what young people see, say and do online, the challenges they may face and how to take action if things go wrong,' Assistant Commissioner Platz said.

Sharon Collins, Head of Future Talent Strategy, Community and Inclusion at Commonwealth Bank said, 'In today's digital age, cyber literacy is becoming increasingly important, for businesses and for families.

'In addition to our cyber security teams' input into the SOS Guide to Cyber Security, our partnership with AFP empowers our national network of employee volunteers to present ThinkUKnow online safety sessions to local communities around the country,' said Ms. Collins.

During the week ThinkUKnow volunteers delivered presentations to more than 100 parents, carers and teachers to promote online safety. This was supported by face-to-face presentations to hundreds of Australian children and university student teachers equipping them with the skills needed to empower children to stay safe online.

This week ThinkUKnow has also been working in regional communities, cohosting the Commonwealth Bank of Australia's Cyber Safety and Security forum in Dubbo, New South Wales. Additionally, Commonwealth Bank of Australia ThinkUKnow volunteers, along with the Bowen PCYC, held their first cyber safety session for parents and carers in the Bowen Branch, Far North Queensland.

'Over 100 Commonwealth Bank employees have been trained by the AFP to deliver ThinkUKnow sessions across the country.

'We are proud to continue educating everyday Australians about the importance of online safety through programs like ThinkUKnow,' said Ms. Collins.

Visit thinkuknow.org.au to book a ThinkUKnow presentation or access the new guides.

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