Cyber safety was at the forefront of a presentation for McGuire College students yesterday.
Shepparton police Leading Senior Constable Dean Lloyd and Word and Mouth project manager Jim Gow were at the school, talking to years 7, 8 and 9 students about the importance of digital safety.
‘‘The tour covers a number of different things including digital shadow and digital footprint, ethics, sexting and pictures,’’ Mr Gow said.
‘‘It’s about awareness and being aware that there are some predators in the online world ... the unfortunate reality of it all.’’
The pair spoke to students at a number of secondary and primary schools in the area in a bid to raise awareness of the dangers faced by young people online.
Mr Gow said he believed students were more vulnerable to online threats these days because they had grown up with the internet.
‘‘If you have got 300 friends online, five per cent of those may not be actual friends,’’ he said.
Students were showed a PowerPoint presentation and videos on the topic in a bid to get them thinking and talking about what could happen online.
Mr Gow said it was an important topic that students needed to know more about to ensure their safety.
‘‘It’s about giving people a heads-up,’’ he said.
‘‘They might still make bad decisions but that’s life... at least they have been educated around the other side of what could happen.’’
Leading Sen Const Dean Lloyd will host a free online bullying information session with FamilyCare on Tuesday, March 13, from 6pm.
To find out more and to book, head to https://www.eventbrite.com .au/e/practice-seminar-series-2018-how-to-respond-to-online-bullying-tickets-42888519717