In-Person Program, Live HD Broadcast
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.
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.
Police School Resource Officers
School District Psychologists
Youth Community Mental Health Workers
Child Protection Workers
Those Who Work With High-Risk Youth
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)
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.
The White Hatter Experience
What Makes Our Programs Special
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bring Our Own Equipment
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.
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.