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 cyber crime and cyber bullying has included many middle and high schools, as well as 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 – a complete stranger. Then she sees what they have posted on their profiles, including photos and videos, that could affect them for the rest of their lives. This especially affects members of sports teams, as what they post online could cost them not only their spot on the team, but could also get them kicked out of school. Because the presentation is targeted for the school Jayne is speaking at, it shows students that there is not privacy online. She provides students 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 students attending is profound. One school administrator told Jayne, “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 writes for several magazines including “Laptop”, “Naval History”, and “Information Today.” She is currently working on her 10th book, Cyberbullies & The Wild, Wild Web: When Anger & Revenge Get Out of Control, due out in 2017. Jayne’s previous books include True Crime Online: Shocking Stories of Scamming, Stalking, Murder & Mayhem and Net Crimes & Misdemeanors 1st & 2nd edition. Jayne is also on the editorial board of the International Journal of Cyber Crimes and Criminal Justice (IJCCCJ) at cybercrimejournal.co.nr and 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).
Jayne was presented with the 2015 Mary Litynski Award for her work in online abuse from the Messaging Malware Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) – http://tinyurl.com/k7cdybm
True Crime Online: Shocking Stories of Scamming,
Stalking, Murder and Mayhem.
Revealing many of the most extreme and horrifying examples of modern cybercrime, acclaimed investigator J. A. Hitchcock seeks to educate the millions of YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook users about the various hazards posed by new media. Covering the identity theft and subsequent murder of Amy Boyer in 1999, avoiding sexual predators, defending bank accounts against fraudulent phishing scams, and the rise of online bullying, Hitchcock provides a compelling, broad-ranging collection of case studies from which consumers can learn to defend themselves and their families against online criminals. Guaranteed to shock and surprise, this book will forever change the way users experience the internet.
Three Quick Tips For Students:
1) Always check your options, privacy settings and preferences on all of your accounts, including social media, e-mail, smartphone apps, gaming accounts, etc. The default is that they want anyone online anywhere in the world to contact you. Unless you make changes to your accounts, you are open to potential harm from predators, stalkers, bullies and scam artists.
2) Keep your username/email address generic and gender-neutral and put as little info in your online profile as possible. Don’t post negative comments about teachers, employers or even family. Don’t post photos that could cost you a job or a graduate degree, or even a relationship. Think of it this way: If you wouldn’t let your grandmother view it, don’t post it online.
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, social media site or app, or campus police. Then, if the situation escalates, you have proof you tried to do something about it.
About Jayne’s Program: “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, text messaging, sexting, and predators that lurk online. You’ll learn tips on how to stay safer and walk away with the knowledge that the Internet is a fun place, but you need to take the same precautions online as you do offline.
Here’s what schools are saying about Jayne:
“After Jayne’s program, several students came up to our staff and told us how much they enjoyed it and that they were going straight to their Facebook pages to take off all the information and photos that would help someone locate them. We thoroughly enjoyed her and hope to bring her back in the near future.” — Gretchen Edwards-Bodmer, Women’s Center – Old Dominion University
“What she was able to share about each student presented a solid case that many people today must be more careful about the personal information they disclose online. I highly recommend Jayne Hitchcock to those interested in protecting their students and staff members from Internet crime.” — William A. Edmonds, Dean of Admissions – California University of Pennsylvania
“Jayne was phenomenal. I have not been this impressed by a speaker in a very long time. She blew people away…every school needs to bring her in.” — SUNY/Delhi
“Jayne is dynamic and kept the audience’s attention, and gets the point across without sounding like a drill sergeant.” — Connie Kirkland, SASC – George Mason University
“It is with great pleasure that I recommend Jayne Hitchcock as a speaker for online security issues in schools. By using information about students in the audience that she had looked up online, and showing how easily someone can find more information, she made an immediate and lasting impression on the students. My son attended the high school at the time Jayne spoke – he and his friends were talking about the presentation days later. It was exactly what we were hoping for.” — Mike Marvin, Assistant Professor – Jamestown Community College
“Your presentation helped the students learn safe ways to navigate the Internet and how to protect themselves from hackers. The information provided was informative.” — Malinda Cowles, Associate Director – Indiana University of Pennsylvania