Figures from the ACCC show 24,000 people reported having their personal information stolen in 2020 – a 55 per cent increase from the same time last year.
In response, Brisbane-based The Tech Girls Movement Foundation is hosting a free online workshop to teach girls and their parents how to best keep safe online.
The “How safe am I online?” workshop is being held on Saturday, August 29 from 10am AEST in partnership with cloud data management company, Rubrik.
Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen OAM, Tech Girls Movement Foundation founder, said it was important to educate girls and their caregivers on how to stay safe.
“From stolen identities and scams to cyber bullying and sexual harassment, it’s important girls are aware of the threats, how to spot them, and how to protect themselves,” she said.
Some of the key strategies attendees will be taught include;
Parents will also be guided on how to have open and honest conversations about the risks and consequences of online activity, as well as tools available to help keep their children safe.
“All online platforms pose some risk to the privacy of personal data or identity theft,” Dr Beekhuyzen said. “It is difficult to avoid all risks if you want to continue to spend time online, so education and awareness can prepare young people to be safe online.”
When it comes to safe use of social media, she said: “Assume your grandmother will read everything you post.”
Rinki Sethi, Chief Information Security Officer at Rubrik, will be conducting the workshop and hosting a Q&A after the event. She is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry and is a huge advocate for inspiring females to take up careers in STEM.
For more information, or to RSVP for the free workshop, visit: https://howtobestbesafeonline-techgirl.splashthat.com/?gz=none