SwanCare Bentley residents get up to speed with cyber crime at workshop


Victoria Park MLA Ben Wyatt hosts a cyber safety forum in Bentley.
Victoria Park MLA Ben Wyatt hosts a cyber safety forum in Bentley.

MORE than 70 community members attended a Council on the Ageing WA cyber crime program at the SwanCare Residential Village in Bentley.

The morning tea was hosted by Victoria Park MLA Ben Wyatt on October 14 and participants listened to ACS Fellow and Edith Cowan University academic Dr David Cook to gain an insight into the risks associated with cyber technology and ways they can be reduced.

To address fears associated with victimisation limiting seniors’ usage of the internet, topics such as WiFi security, password protection and email deception were covered.

Mr Wyatt said he was glad the forum generated strong interest.

“A wide range of cyber threat prevention techniques were covered and it was great to see seniors being proactive in learning about these new-age threats,” he said.

“I have certainly noticed an increase in the number of seniors contacting my office with concerns about scams and cyber safety.

I believe that events such as this are the most effective way of arming seniors with some of the tools to combat cyber-crime, and make them feel comfortable and confident in using new technologies”

“I would like to thank SwanCare for the support they provided in hosting the event and would also like to commend COTA for educating local seniors in my electorate on a most relevant issue facing seniors today.”