Jayne Hitchcock

Jayne Hitchcock – “The Internet – Scared Straight”

Do you really think you’re safe online? Cyber crime expert and author Jayne A. Hitchcock will show you some things you probably didn’t know about social networking sites, IM, text messaging and predators that lurk online. You’ll learn tips on how to stay safer and walk away with the knowledge the Internet is a fun place, but that you need to take the same precautions online as you do offline.

Jayne A. Hitchcock is an author and internationally recognized cyber-crime expert. She volunteers with the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime, the National Center for Victims of Crime, and numerous law enforcement agencies worldwide. Jayne is a valued resource to these agencies in the solving of Internet related crimes. Additionally, she has worked tirelessly with our legislators in the drafting and passing of many of this country’s Internet laws.

As president of two all-volunteer organizations, WHOA (Working to Halt Online Abuse) at haltabuse.org and WHOA-KTD (Kids/Teens Division) at haltabusektd.org, Jayne continues a mission to educate adults and children in safety online.

Jayne’s speaking schedule on cybercrime and cyber safety has included many middle and high schools and colleges and universities. Her talks are tailored to the school she is speaking at – she looks at publicly available profiles and her alter ego “friends” students to see how many accept the alter ego, then she sees what they have posted that could affect them for the rest of their lives. This goes especially for members of sports teams, as what they post online could cost them not only their spot on the team, but also get them kicked out of school. Because the presentation is targeted for the school Jayne is speaking at, it shows students that the Internet is truly international and she provides them with tips on how to stay safer and clean up their acts. The presentation is graphic, although student faces and names are blanked out, but the effect on the students attending is profound. One school administrator told her, “You’re exactly what you advertised and I am very happy with the reaction of students.”

Jayne also speaks at libraries, for staff and the public at schools, and presents law enforcement training for local, county, state, military and federal agencies. She has traveled throughout the United States and Canada and as far as Sookmyong University in Seoul, Korea, for speaking engagements and workshops. She has been featured on America’s Most Wanted, 48 Hours, Primetime, Good Morning America, The Montel Williams Show, and numerous local, national and international newscasts, and was selected by Lifetime TV as their “Champion For Change.”

Jayne has worked for the University of Maryland University College since 1996. She writes regularly for several magazines including “Laptop”, “Naval History”, and “Information Today”. Jayne’s eighth book is Net Crimes & Misdemeanors 2nd edition. Video Professor purchased the rights to the book for a 3-CD lesson currently available. Jayne is also on the editorial board of the International Journal of Cyber Crimes and Criminal Justice (IJCCCJ) at cybercrimejournal.co.nr and in the Cambridge Who’s Who Registry of Executives and Professionals ( http://cambridgewhoswho.com). She is a member of several organizations, including Operations Security Professionals Society, Sisters In Crime, Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, and the 3rd Marine Division Association (Life Member).

Three Quick Tips For Students:

1) Always check your options and preferences on your IM program, profiles (such as Myspace and Facebook) and other accounts (such as Yahoo!, Twitter and Bebo). The default is that they want anyone online anywhere in the world to contact you. Unless you make changes to your preferences, you are open to potential harm from predators, stalkers and scam artists.

2) Keep your username/email address generic and gender-neutral and put as little info in your online profile as possible, especially negative comments about teachers, employers or even family. Don’t post photos that could cost you a job or a graduate degree. Think of it this way: If you wouldn’t let your grandmother view it, don’t post it.

3) If something does happen to you online, don’t ignore it and hope it goes away. Report it to the proper folks – the ISP, web site host, even campus police. Then, if the situation escalates, you have proof you tried to do something about it.