On­line safety at fore­front of talk

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Jac­inta Can­ta­tore

SEX­TING, fake news and Blue­tooth hack­ing were some of the top­ics ex­plored in a cy­ber safety talk by For­rest MHR Nola Marino and Law En­force­ment and Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter An­gus Tay­lor on Wed­nes­day.

Res­i­dents from Har­vey and sur­rounds vis­ited the Har­vey Com­mu­nity Re­source Cen­tre to hear some star­tling sta­tis­tics and real life sto­ries to raise aware­ness about the risks of be­ing too lax with on­line se­cu­rity.

Mrs Marino pre­sented fig­ures show­ing that WA res­i­dents lost more than $10 mil­lion to scams in 2016 alone and 20 per cent of Aus­tralians aged be­tween 18 and 29 had been the vic­tim of revenge porn.

She also urged par­ents to be vig­i­lant about their chil­dren’s in­ter­net use and out­lined that 90 per cent of boys and 60 per cent of girls aged be­tween 13 and 16 had watched pornog­ra­phy on­line.

Mrs Marino in­formed the au­di­ence of sev­eral so­phis­ti­cated scams that had gained trac­tion in the South West and warned, “don’t think it doesn’t hap­pen here”.

Speak­ing at the event, Mr Tay­lor said peo­ple needed to use com­mon sense with their on­line se­cu­rity.

“Peo­ple need to re­mem­ber to ap­ply the same prin­ci­ples and val­ues on­line as we would in the real world,” he said.

“It’s very im­por­tant we un­der­stand the risks and do ev­ery­thing we can to stay safe when we’re on­line.

“If you see any­thing un­usual, con­tact the po­lice or the cy­ber safety com­mis­sion.”

Au­di­ence mem­bers left with ad­vice on how to tackle on­line safety, in­clud­ing a Fam­ily On­line Safety Con­tract and a check­list of cards and ser­vices to can­cel if your wal­let or smart­phone goes miss­ing or are stolen.

Cen­tre ad­min­is­tra­tion and events of­fi­cer Leesa Hall, fi­nance pro­gram of­fi­cer Robyn Cole­man, cen­tre man­ager Tracey-Ann Davis,and sec­re­tary of man­age­ment com­mit­tee Janine Quicke.

Pic­tures: Jacinta Can­ta­tore

Har­vey Com­mu­nity Re­source Cen­tre com­mit­tee mem­ber Kevin Hay­lock, For­rest MHR Nola Marino, Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter An­gus Tay­lor and cen­tre man­ager Tracey-Ann Davis talk cy­ber se­cu­rity.

Kevin Hay­lock and Sylvia Pea­cock, both of Har­vey, talk about the risks of not be­ing safety-aware on­line.

Pa­tri­cia and Patrick Tate, of Har­vey, feel the talk gave them vi­tal in­for­ma­tion.

Su­san Knight, of Har­vey, and Su­san Ni­van, of Warawar­rup.

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