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ACG Tauranga to host international cyber safety expert

ACG Tauranga will host cyber safety expert Susan McLean as she delivers a series of lectures on ‘Growing up Online’ to staff, students and parents on Tuesday 30 January and Wednesday 31 January at the school in Pyes Pa.

Susan McLean is Australia’s foremost expert in the area of Cybersafety and young people. She was the first Victorian Police Officer appointed to a position involving Cybersafety and young people. She took her first report of cyberbullying in 1994 and, since then, has conducted extensive research and training in this area in the USA and UK.

She will conduct five workshops over two days covering topics such as: online grooming; cyber bullying; sexting; potential dangers and safety tips; and problematic internet use and gaming issues. There will also be time for audience questions.

Cyber bullying is a growing problem in New Zealand. A 2016 NZAVS survey showed that 46 per cent of all 18- to 19-year-olds had been victims of online bullies. And a 2013 survey of nearly 750 young people aged 11-18 by positive action group Sticks’n’Stones found 87 per cent thought cyber-bullying was an issue – and 255 had experienced it the same year.

ACG Tauranga principal Shawn Hutchinson said a whole-community approach is needed to ensure cyber safety.

“Our vision is that ACG Tauranga students will be well prepared to face the ever-changing world that we live in today. Information Technology is an integral part of day-to-day living and our students need to utilise these tools effectively and also understand the risks of the online environment.”

Susan said the online safety of young people is every adults’ responsibility.

“We must all work together to ensure that young people have safe and positive online experiences and that young people receive consistent messages from school, home, sport, dance, drama and every co-curricular activity.”

‘Growing up Online’ workshop details:

Tuesday 30 January
8:30am-10:30am:¬ Year 11 and 12 students
11:35am-12:55pm:¬ Year 8-10 students
3:30pm-5:00pm: ¬staff

Wednesday 31 Jan
9am-10:30am:¬ Year 3-7 students
1pm-2:40pm:¬ Parent Session