Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
A new  partnership to help educate parents, teachers and carers about the risks young people face online has been announced in Western Australia by Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Western Australia Police Minister Liza Har

The ThinkUKnow training program, developed by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and industry partners, will help Western Australia Police (WAPOL) enhance their cybercrime prevention capabilities, and create a safer online experience for teens and young children.

The AFP Cyber Crime Prevention Team is delivering training to WAPOL members on the ThinkUKnow initiative this week, highlighting the joint Commonwealth-State effort to combat cyber-crime.

WAPOL signed an MoU with the AFP to adopt the ThinkUKnow Australia initiative in December.

“ThinkUKnow Australia is an excellent example of law enforcement and industry working together to keep vulnerable members of our society safe,” Mr Keenan said.

“Our children face many online risks, including cyber-bullying, stalking, exposure to inappropriate content, being approached and potentially ‘groomed’ by online sex offenders, identity theft, fraud and online scams.

“The Commonwealth and State law enforcement authorities are presenting a united front to help parents, carers, teachers and children manage those risks.”

Mrs Harvey said ThinkUKnow Australia, a partnership between the AFP, Microsoft Australia, Datacom, ninemsn, Neighbourhood Watch Australasia and State and Territory Police, was an excellent initiative.

“Anything that resources police officers to help fight the terrible scourge of things like online bullying will be welcomed by Western Australian parents,” Mrs Harvey said.

“I congratulate my Federal counterpart Michael Keenan on today's announcement.”


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