Former 'cyber cop' to present online safety sessions

WITH nearly everybody having a phone or video device in their pockets, online safety has become one of the biggest issues facing society. 

On Monday, one of Australia’s leading cyber safety experts will speak at Camperdown’s Mercy Regional College in an effort to educate staff and students on the best ways to avoid the pitfalls of the online world. 

The college’s well-being co-ordinator Emily Stephens said former police expert Susan McLean would present three sessions, with the final free evening session open to the public. 

Ms McLean was a member of Victoria Police for 27 years and widely known as the “cyber cop”. 

The first Victoria Police officer appointed to a position involving cyber safety and young people, she now works with large corporations to implement social media and online policies. 

She said online safety wasn’t just about protecting teenagers. 

“It’s part of everyone’s world, not just teenagers, but younger children as well,” Ms Stephens said. 

“As a school community we wanted to take an early intervention approach and educate everyone involved, teachers, students and parents.” 

She said anybody interested was welcome to attend the final session. 

“We want to help the wider community understand the issues surrounding online safety, so we decided to make the evening session open (to everyone). 

“It’s a great opportunity for parents to hear from the leading expert in this field.” 

The public session will be held in the Mercy Regional College Camperdown campus stadium from 6pm. 

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