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Internet & Social Media Investigations

In presenting Social Media Safety to over 400 schools, and 370,000 students,  throughout Canada and the United States, we have heard one message loud and clear from Police School Resource Officers, principals, educators, school counsellors, youth care workers and community based mental health workers; that message, “Too much of our time is now dedicated to dealing with student based Social Media conflict and critical incidents, but we have never received in-depth training on how to do so professionally.” Working with other experts in the field of Internet and Social Media investigations, we have now developed an 8hr training workshop, that will provide the information and basic skills needed to develop administrative and investigational best practices, when dealing with student/employee based Social Media conflict or online critical incidents. We bring over 30yrs of law enforcement based investigative experience, as well as 6 Open Source Intelligence and Social Media investigation certifications to the design of this program. This training will survive the scrutiny of a parent, board of inquiry or a court of law, and encourages a co-ordinated incident response between the police, the school, the school district and other professionals that deal with youth in conflict. Given that the design of our program is based upon the premise “principles stay the same diverse in application”, this training will also “dovetail” nicely into any school threat assessment model.

Our workshop doesn't gloss over what students are doing online, or how to use only “GOOGLE” to conduct investigations, instead we will first provide participants with an in-depth understanding of what tweens, teens and young adults are doing online today, and then we will provide easily learned online investigative skills, and free “Open Source” and “fee for service” software, to help investigate critical school incidents when things go bad online. We will also provide participants with links to companies that provide further certified training opportunities, that can further expand one’s online investigative skill set.

*** School Administrators***

For school administrative staff, counsellors and others that work closely with youth, you are not expected to be criminal investigators (that is the job of the police), BUT the reality is prior to police involvement, you may have to conduct an “in-house” online investigation to make the decision if police should be called.  This workshop will provide you with basic “best practices”, specific to online investigation techniques and skills, that will help you to document your findings, thus proving administrative “due diligence”, especially when it comes to parental scrutiny over any actions taken as a result of a social media incident.

Topics Covered

  • What are students doing online

  • What are the Criminal Code sections specific to online crime that you could be expected to investigate at a school

  • Current Case Law and “Best Practices” specific to the collection of information online

  • Current Case Law specific to the use and legal constraints of Covert Accounts by Law Enforcement and Administrators

  • How to set up a protected Covert Account

  • Why “Firefox” should be your primary Internet Investigative Browser

  • Why using a Virtual Privacy Network (VPN) is an investigators best friend

  • Understanding your school’s Social Media baseline and how to digitally monitor it

  • Understanding the language of the Internet and Social Media

  • What is an IP address and why is it important in investigations

  • How to locate an IP address in an email heading

  • How to Search an IP Address

  • What is a “Geofence”

  • The Pro’s and Con’s of “Geofencing” a school

  • How to screen capture, copy and paste information into an investigational log

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  • How to conduct a “reverse image” search on pictures posted

  • How to search the most popular Apps and Social Networks being used

  • What is a “decoy” or “vault” App and why are students using them and how to locate them on a phone

  • You have been asked to investigate a sext, now what

  • How to connect to “Law Enforcement Only” portals for most Apps and Social Networks

  • How to obtain user information and IP from a social media vendor

  • How to “freeze” an account so that information is not deleted

  • Why obtaining a “Production Order” may be needed in your investigation.

  • Current case law specific to principals & police searching cellphones

  • Why School policy on Social Media is so important

  • Recommendations for further indepth online investigation training

  • Plus much, much more !!!

  • Participants do not need to be a Social Media expert to participate in this workshop, we can educate even the most Social Media illiterate SRO, school administrator, youth counsellor or child protection worker when it comes to investigating the social media challenges faced by teens today.

  • We are the only Canadian workshop whose lead instructor was a decorated Canadian police officer (S/Sgt) with 30yrs of experience, who specialized, and is currently licenced, in the area of Social Media investigations, and possess 6 separate Social Media/ Open Source Investigation Certifications. Over the past several years, Darren’s online investigative abilities have been utilized by schools and the police, both in Canada and the USA, to assist SRO’s and School Administrators.

Who Would Benefit From This Workshop:

  • Police School Resource Officers

  • School Administrators

  • School Counsellors

  • School District Psychologists

  • Youth Community Mental Health Workers

  • Child Protection Workers

  • Those Who Work With High-Risk Youth

Equipment Requirements

All participants should bring:

  • Notepad and paper

  • Access to a laptop or desktop

  • If possible please have the Web Browser “Firefox” installed on laptop/desktop

  • Spare power source (optional)

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About Broadcasting

The White Hatter Broadcasting Studio is more than just a laptop webcam meeting. We use a professionally outfitted multi-media broadcasting studio with multiple (6) camera angles. Using best in industry webinar-based professional broadcasting software and hardware. We provide a safe, secure, and private online webinar experience, using industry-leading software, to provide a high-definition video (1080p) and audio online learning environment that is second to none. We also have the ability to seamlessly integrate with other virtual programs such as ZOOM, TEAMS, BLUEJEANS, SKYPE or any other web-based platform if requested.

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Live HD Broadcast

The White Hatter Broadcasting Studio is more than just a laptop webcam meeting. We use a professionally outfitted multi-media broadcasting studio with multiple (6) camera angles. Using best in industry webinar-based professional broadcasting software and hardware. We provide a safe, secure, and private online webinar experience, to provide high-definition video (1080p) and audio online learning environment. We also can seamlessly integrate with other virtual programs such as Zoom, Teams, Google Meet, Skype or any other web-based platform if requested.

HD Live Broadcasting is quickly becoming superior to in-person programming by reaching more participants than ever before. No need to travel, more affordable, and replayability on select programs. Anonymous interaction tools like Q&A generate better participant questions. Overall, broadcasting offers more engaging and captivating performances from all the video inputs, displays, and effects.

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The traditional delivery method of The White Hatter’s award-winning programs. We bring all our own equipment when able (laptop, projector, microphone, and auditorium sound system). All you need to provide is a table, screen, electrical cord, power source, and an audience. Our programs are highly engaging, captivating, energetic, and passionate performances that relate to audiences to successfully convey our message of digital literacy and internet safety.

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Industry leaders


We are recognized industry leaders and experts in the fields of internet and social media safety and digital literacy training. Students, teachers, principals, parents, counsellors, business professionals, and law enforcement throughout North America have all agreed that our presentation was the “best" and most "in-depth" they have experienced on the topic. Our presentations stand out as a “must-have" program for elementary and high school students, thus why our programs have been heard by more Students and have won more awards, than any other programs in Canada over the past three years.

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Digital Citizenship


Our program is not just about internet safety, it’s also about digital citizenship and literacy, online ethics, online critical thinking, and the challenges surrounding privacy, cyberbullying, and what we can do now to protect their digital footprint. The goal of our programs is not to instill fear or negate opportunities, rather to enlighten, empower, and enable participants to make informed online choices.

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Award-Winning Programs


Our work in the area of internet safety and digital literacy has been recognized by various awards.

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Law Enforcement Experience


While others in our industry seek out police endorsements or advertise that they have or do work with law enforcement, we are comprised of current or past law enforcement professionals, and bring this experience and pedigree to all of our programs.

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We Stay Current


We stay current on everything we do, and we have documented evidence that our presentation positively changes internet behaviour. We are also very proud of the fact that our programs have intervened in the lives of many, especially in our grade school programs where students who were contemplating suicide or self-harm as an option because they were in crisis or being targeted by cyberbullying or sexting went wrong issues. These students heard our empathetic message, reached out to us for help, and in each and every case (often working with their school) we were able to get them the help that they needed.

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For our In-person programs, we bring all our own equipment (laptop, projector, microphone, and auditorium sound system); all you need to provide is a table, screen, electrical cord, and power source.

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Our programs are designed not only from extensive experience but also academic support. Members of The White Hatter Team come from a variety of backgrounds in formal post-secondary education and bring a breadth of knowledge with how technology impacts the world from each individual and society.

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