posted: 11.09.2019 12:29

Experts from the Faculty of Education of Palacký University in Olomouc to help with cybercrime in the Czech-Polish border area

Internet crime is not confined to one country. In addition, social networks and the internet pose a particular risk to children. Why not, for example, use the experience of a neighbouring country in the border regions and join forces in the fight against cybercrime? This is precisely the basis of a new project in which experts from the E-Safety Counselling Centre of the Faculty of Education of Palacký University in Olomouc will share their experience in the Czech-Polish border area in cooperation with eight Czech and Polish police directorates.

The project focuses primarily on new ways of combating internet crime by making the work of the police in both countries more effective and supporting prevention aimed at children, educators and parents. The team will also pay attention to counselling activities that will allow anonymous assistance to victims of internet crime.

“Our experts from the Faculty of Education from the E-Safety Counselling Centre will help in particular with their knowledge and experience in the framework of events at primary schools in the Czech-Polish border area focusing on prevention,” said Kamil Kopecký, Head of the E-Safety and Centre for the Prevention of Dangerous Virtual Communication at the Faculty of Education. “Above all, we want to raise awareness among children, their parents and the wider public. Between 2019 and 2021, there will be 270 events in Czech and Polish schools that will highlight cyberbullying, cyberstalking and other risks of social networking and the internet.” He pointed out that the capacity of the E-Safety Counselling Centre, which detects, addresses and hands over cases of risky behaviour to the police, will be strengthened. “Its ‘clone’ should start working on the Polish side too,” Kopecký added.

The police will also receive considerable support. A common communication network should be set up which will allow the rapid transfer of information across borders, and some 700 police officers should increase their skills both in the area of prevention, analytical activities and investigations.

The project, which was financially supported by the European Union under the Interreg V-A Czech Republic – Poland program, should also serve for research. Thanks to fieldwork, experts should gather data that has not yet been collected to better identify cyber threats and risky behaviour in the border area.

Source: Žurnál Online

Author: Olomouc Region

Photo: E-Safety /Experts in the Czech-Polish border area are drawing attention to the risks of the internet/

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