Cyber sex fiends targeted

Susan McLean, cyber safety expert says, “Previously paedophiles hung out at scout groups and schools – now they hang out  on Facebook.”

Farrah Tomazin’s report in The Sunday Age today is alarming as it reveals that Victoria does not have the same laws that every other Australian state and territory, and the Commonwealth, has to tackle internet grooming. Pay extra attention to what your children are doing on line. Cyber safety expert and former Victorian police officer Susan McLean warned parents to be vigilant. “In one interstate case, a man targeted children from a school by pretending he would be arriving soon as a new student. He set up an online account and about 70 children befriended him on it without realising he was a paedophile,”  she said.

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About Renata Rowe

Deputy Head of Campus/Head of Secondary, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Plenty Campus This blog is the School's way of helping our parents and teachers understand and experience the cyber world that their children live in. We post stories about the latest cyber safety issues, and the latest social mediums that their children and teens might be using. We believe that teaching children and teens to be good Digital Citizen from a young age will protect them and their reputations. Our parents have been delighted and have subscribed so that they can receive our updates - we post about once or twice a week. So subscribe - its easy to do, just enter your email address in the box in the top righthand corner of the home page and posts will automatically be delivered to you.
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