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Caring for Kids In an Online World - Susan Mclean

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  • Thu 6 Jul ’17, 7:00pm – 9:00pm


Wellesley College, 611a Marine Drive, Days Bay, Wellington


All Ages

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  • General Admission: $0.00


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Following on from a highly successful event at Wellesley College in 2016, Susan Mclean Australia’s foremost expert in the area of cyber safety and young people has been asked to return to provide a follow up to her “Caring for kids in an online world” presentation.

This year we are increasing the local component to the evening. To support Susan we have invited Detective Sergeant Lisa Harrington from the Wellington Police to provide a local case study from her time working the field of “Online child exploitation” in OCEANZ at Police National Headquarters.

The evening will provide an entertaining, thought-provoking and practical talk on cyber safety. This session is for Parents and carers and will cover the positive benefits of technology as well as what parents need to be aware of.

Popular sites for youth – What are they?
Social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, kids games such as Club Penguin and Moshi Monsters. Skype, Twitter and the dangers of online games such as World of Warcraft. Apps such as KiK, Poke, and SnapChat.

- What do kids do online? Where do they go? The difference between an ‘online friend’ and a ‘stranger.’
- Online Grooming – What is it and when/how does it occur?
- Misuse of mobile telephones, email, skype, blogs, webcam. Including legal consequences and the possible criminal charges.
- What is cyber bullying and harassment?
- ‘Sexting’ – the taking and sending of explicit images. What are the real consequences?
- Potential dangers and safety tips – how to assist the children in your care to stay safe online.

Learn the lingo and be able to converse with your children in the language of cyberspace. Be confident in setting rules and boundaries around internet use in the home.

The session will conclude with time for questions and some practical handouts and information.

Doors open at 7 pm for a 7:30 pm start. Donations appreciated. We look forward to welcoming you.

Introduction to Susan McLean:

Susan McLean is Australia’s foremost expert in the area of cyber safety and young people and was a member of Victoria Police for 27 years. Widely known as the ‘cyber cop’ she was the first Victoria Police Officer appointed to a position involving cyber safety and young people. In 2003, she was the Victoria Police Region Four Youth Officer of the Year. She has also been awarded The National Medal and the Victoria Police Service Medal and 2nd Clasp.

Susan brings a wealth of knowledge and a practical down to earth element to her presentations. She is a mother who has had to live and parent in the digital age for many years so knows how tough it can be and knows all the tricks kids will pull to get what they want. She also has a unique understanding of the education system having worked with schools for over 20 years.

Introduction to Lisa Harrington:

Lisa Harrington has been with the NZ Police for 24 years’ and has extensive experience in the investigation and prosecution of Child Abuse and Online Child Exploitation which has taken her to the UK, Germany, Canada and the USA. She is passionate about the subject and currently oversees the National Missing Persons Portfolio and Police National Headquarters.

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