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Vic Police Talks Cybersafety at CCS

24 August, 2015

Catholic College Sale recently invited two members of the Victoria Police Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team (SOCITs) to present to the College’s Year 9 and 10 students. Leading Senior Constable Rose Basford and Detective Sergeant Simon Ross are specialist detectives who are trained to investigate the complex crimes endangering the safety of children today.

The internet is a powerful resource which has become an integral part of life. Enabling people of all ages to learn and communicate in a myriad of new ways has infinite benefits, but there are also risks. The College students were presented with a number of stories and real life scenarios promoting internet safety awareness. They were invited to consider issues such as cyberbullying- via mobile phones, chat rooms and social sites, identity theft and personal safety online, and contemplate how their own online activity could be adjusted to protect themselves and others.

Knowing how to use the internet safely and responsibly is essential to having a positive online experience. “Nothing is anonymous over the internet” stressed Det. Sgt Ross,” we can find out who is posting any information.” Det. Sgt. Ross went on to say that what we do online in a split second could have devastating and long term effects for other individuals, either intentionally or unintentionally.

The students were reflective throughout the presentation, which obviously struck a chord with each individual.