Cyber detective shares net tips

A FORMER Queensland Police cyber crimes detective who spent time in the US working with the Department of Homeland Security and FBI will hold a workshop on cyber bullying and internet safety in Biloela next week.

Brett Lee, the first cyber crimes detective assigned to the Queensland Police, will offer parents and community members real strategies to protect their families and workplaces from cyber crime and cyber bullying at the Civic Centre from 7pm on Thursday (November 5).

Mr Lee has consulted for the Queensland and Federal governments on protection of young Australians who use the internet and other forms of electronic communication.

The free workshop has been funded by the Education Department's Priority Country Area Program (PCAP), and jointly organised by key employers, business groups, community support agencies and education partners within the Biloela community.

During his two-day visit to Biloela, Mr Lee will talk to primary and secondary students and teaching staff from schools across the district.

Principal of Biloela State High School Peter Linnehan invited all parents and community members who use a PC at work or at home, to attend the free 60-minute internet safety presentation.

Mr Linnehan said statistics on cyber bullying are hard to come by due to it being a relatively new phenomenon.

“Awareness of the impact of using electronic forms of communication is a significant social issue.

“In Australia, it is estimated that up to 86% of adolescent social issues regarding bullying and harassment begin on the internet, via SMS or on public forums where many people have access to information, true or untrue, about others.”

Mr Linnehan said it is reported that children as young as seven regularly engage with other people, known and unknown, via internet and SMS.

Cyber bullying & net safety tips for teens • Never keep cyber bullying to yourself. • Talk to a trusted parent, teacher or adult. • Block and/or delete problem users. • Change your user name or number if needed. • Save all the information if you can as it may be needed later as a record of the bullying. • 58% of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online. • More than 4 out of 10 say it has happened more than once. • Never give any personal information to anyone you meet online. • Never meet up with anyone you don't already know. • Don't tell anyone your daily movements, where you'll be hanging out or party announcements. • Don't fill out any “fun” questionnaires that are forwarded to you, even if they're from your friends. • Don't answer emails or IMs from people you don't know. • Be careful about posting pictures of yourself. • Pictures with identifiers, like where you go to school, can assist strangers in finding out where you live. • Never share your password with anyone but your parents

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