ThinkUKnow expands reach in Western Australia

This is a joint media release between the Australian Federal Police and the Western Australian Local Government Association.

Cyber safety education will soon reach more Western Australian (WA) residents, thanks to a new training partnership which will boost the efforts of the national ThinkUKnow cyber safety program.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has this week trained Local Government staff to  deliver ThinkUKnow to parents, carers, and teachers, and children, across the state.

Supported by the WA Local Government Association (WALGA), this training ran over four days in both metropolitan and regional areas, and included youth officers who already work closely with ThinkUKnow and WA Police to tackle issues faced by young people online.

ThinkUKnow training was also delivered to members of the WA Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team.

AFP Manager Victim Based Crime Lesa Gale said the relationship has created a strong foundation for the ThinkUKnow partnership to expand upon; increasing the volunteer network and enabling programs to be delivered to more areas of WA, including smaller regional towns.

“The AFP received more than 11,000 reports of child exploitation material last year, containing hundreds and thousands of images and videos depicting child sexual exploitation,” Commander Gale said.

“The ThinkUKnow program is a free, evidence-based cyber safety initiative to empower all Australians to be safe, respectful and resilient online. Presentations cover topics such as social media reputation management, cyberbullying, ‘sexting’, online grooming, online gaming, inappropriate content, privacy management, and how to report matters when things go wrong.”

WALGA President Cr Lynne Craigie said ThinkUKnow was a positive program teaching young people digital safety, and the collaboration was an excellent example of all spheres of government working together for the benefit of local communities.

“We welcome the opportunity to work with Federal and State Police to deliver training that equips our young people to be aware and safe whilst online,” she said.

“Local Governments are well placed to share this knowledge as staff including public librarians, crime prevention and community safety officers, youth workers and community development staff interact with young people and their carers on a daily basis.”

The program is delivered in partnership with the AFP, Commonwealth Bank, Datacom and Microsoft, and in collaboration with state and territory police and Neighbourhood Watch Australasia.

The partnership between law enforcement and industry enables a whole-of-community approach, driven through the lens of technology and real police experience.

For more information, or to book a presentation visit www.thinkuknow.org.au


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