The Australian Federal Police will today take its cyber safety program, ThinkUKnow, out on the road in regional NSW and Victoria to educate 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.
The Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security Angus Taylor said cyber safety and security is an issue for all Australians no matter where they are, and this roadshow seeks to give regional Australians access to this vital program.
"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," Mr Taylor said.
"These issues range from cyberbullying 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 cyberbullying and illegal activity to keep our children safe."
Australian Federal Police (AFP) Assistant Commissioner Deb Platz said the roadshow is 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," Assistant Commissioner 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, who have partnered on the roadshow, said the bank's cyber security team – Digital Protection Group – will deliver cyber security sessions during the forum.
"The best approach to cyber security is to be informed and proactive," Mr 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 begins in Griffith NSW today and runs until 3 May.
For further information on session times and locations, please visit @ThinkUKnowAustralia on Facebook.