Forum helps women stay safe online

SOROPTIMIST International Bayside will host a cyber safety forum in an effort to make women more aware of online safety.

ONLINE SAFETY: The forum will educate women on how to stay safe online.

ONLINE SAFETY: The forum will educate women on how to stay safe online.

The forum, held in conjunction with the Office of the eSafety Commissioner, will be held on Tuesday, January 29 at the Wynnum Manly Leagues Club.

Group spokeswoman Catherine Heinersaid the internet was a particularly dangerous place for women, with online bullying and abuse often coming from partners and ex-partners.

“(Cyber bullying) is more likely to occur from people you know,” she added.

“One in four women has experienced emotional abuse from a current or former partner.

“Women need to make sure they’re aware of the risks.”

Ms Heiner said the forum will also advise parents on how to keep their children safe online.

She added that the forum will cover the protective measures available online as well as actions to take in dangerous online situations, with a representative from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner to speak. 

“(Cyber safety) is about knowing which settings on your phone and computer are available to keep you safe,” she said.

“It’s vital for us to stay online today, so we have to know how to protect ourselves.”

The forum will be held on January 29 at the Wynnum Manly Leagues Club, 92 Wondall Rd, Manly West from 5:30pm.

The event costs $10 and includes light refreshments. RSVP is required by 22 January.

Book at trybooking.com/ZOFY. People are required to bring their own device to connect to the internet via WiFi.