William Carey is committed to becoming an eSmart school

Why are we doing this?

To reduce our student’s exposure to cyberbullying, sexual predation, identity theft, accessing and sending inappropriate images and/or content. Our desire is to develop in all of our students, the ability and longing to become an appropriate digital citizen and to help the whole school community embrace the benefits of emerging technologies.

For those who are not aware eSmart is an initiative of the Alannah and Madeleine Foundation. RMIT School of Education developed it, with the input of many other cybersafety and education experts. More information is available at www.esmart.org.au.

In order to launch this exciting initiative, we have invited Susan Mclean to be guest presenter at a parent seminar and launch to be held on Thursday 22nd February 2018. The seminar will run 6:45 pm – 8:30 pm. Although Susan lives in Melbourne, she has agreed to present on this night to which we are extremely grateful. Susan will be presenting a seminar entitled “Growing up online”. Susan is Australia’s foremost expert in the area of cyber safety and young people. She was a member of Victoria Police for 27 years and in 1994 took her first report of cyberbullying involving a group of Year 8 school girls. From this case, she identified the emerging problem of internet harassment. She continued in the police force for many years, researching and training at the highest level internationally, ultimately establishing the organisation’s approach to child online safety. Susan has been employed by the AFL and Cricket Australia as well as many other sporting, corporate, medical and government bodies. She has recently been appointed to sit on the newly established Australian Government Online Safety Consultative Working Group.

Growing up Online:

An informative & entertaining session for Parents and carers is delivered with Susan’s famous ‘no nonsense’ approach & will cover the positive benefits of technology as well as what parents need to be aware of:

  • What are kids doing online – The popular social networking sites and apps such as KiK, Musical.ly and Instagram & Yellow…
  • Online Grooming – What is it and when/how does it occur? What are the warning signs & what to do if you suspect this is happening to your child?
  • Cyberbullying – What it is, where it happens, what it looks like, how to prevent and what to do if it occurs. Also the legal consequences and the possible criminal charges.
  • Sharing Nudes – the taking and sending of explicit images
  • Potential dangers and safety tips – how to assist the children in your care to stay safe online via parental controls and restriction passcodes
  • Problematic Internet use and gaming issues
  • The session will conclude with time for questions.


What they say about Susan Mclean…

– Susan was brilliant. She opened my eyes to what our students are most likely getting up to and how to deal with it effectively and sensibly. We will be booking Susan for our whole school community as soon as we can. (CEN Developing Leaders Conf. NSW)

– She has always presented in an engaging and dynamic manner with up to the minute observations and patterns pertaining to cyber safety and young people. …..I would recommend Susan Mclean, as she is a passionate and articulate advocate for improving the cyber safety of young people in our schools. (Senior Program Officer DEECD Vic SMR)

– Ms Mclean was able to offer pertinent examples and advice based on her extensive professional experience in the field of police work and in particular cyber bullying. (Australian Sports Commission).

Please mark this special date in your calendar and plan to attend.


William Carey Christian School

eSafety Launch and Parent Seminar


Susan Mclean

Thursday 22nd February 2018.

6:45 pm – 8:30 pm




In His service,

Brad Milburn.

Deputy Principal Wellbeing.
(On behalf of the Deputies)