Internet safety was the focus of a one day event at Southampton Solent University aimed at tackling the growing threat of Cybercrime.
Hosted by the University’s Criminology department, the conference examined both national and local Cybercrime training for the police and young people.
Divided into two sessions, the morning slot included presentations and meetings on ‘Mainstreaming Cybercrime Training’ and a presentation from the IT company ‘Integritie’ about its anti-bullying software. Attending were The College of Policing, Hampshire Police, Portsmouth City Council’s E-Safety unit, Solent Criminology, and the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Mr Robin Jarman.
In the afternoon session, Year 10 students from Harrow Way Community School in Andover, a UNICEF awarded Rights Respecting School, took centre stage and presented their views on how a ‘rights respecting’ approach will help them use the internet safely and responsibly. Experts from the morning session listened to the students and provided useful feedback and commended them for their excellent presentation and ideas.
Senior Lecturer in Criminology Dr Simon Fox who organised the day’s event said: “We were very pleased to host both sessions, since we are working closely with organisations such as Hampshire Police and the Realising Rights Organisation to make the use of the Internet safer for all.”
“We are particularly interested in Cybercrime prevention and providing training and advice to young and older generations, and those small and medium enterprises that are vulnerable to internet crime but often left unprotected. Cybercrime is growing, so too should our study and response,” concluded Simon.
For more information on Harrow Way Community School, please call 01264 364533 or visit www.harroway.hants.sch.uk. Visits to the school by appointment are always welcome.