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Safe on Social Media provides a comprehensive service for schools to address the risks and precautions to be taken when using social media sites. Our service fulfills a school’s duty of care to all stakeholders including staff, students and parents, as well as addressing legal and policy compliance requirements.

Safe on Social Media Pty Ltd has pioneered social media security, privacy and risk management and associated cyber safety professional development for teachers and youth workers in schools across Australia.

We have worked with, and presented at, over one hundred and twenty primary and high schools and youth colleges (Public/State, Catholic, Private and Independent) during 2016/17 and have in-depth knowledge of what Students, Parents and Teachers need to understand when it comes to safe usage of social media.

We know we aren’t going to stop social media use by tweens and teens so we don’t tell them to stop, we simply teach them how to use it safely and with awareness through empowering and entertaining presentations.

 

Helping you to stay safe on social media

Education, training and consultancy

SOS SERVICES

Student Presentations: Drawing upon years of social media issues management, the Safe on Social Media student presentations (Grade 3 – 12) teach students about the main elements of social media safety and welfare. These face-to-face presentations are customised based on individual school’s requirements and are available for Students, Teachers and Parents. Highly engaging and informative the presentations topics include but are not limited to:

– using social media with awareness
– information permanence
– managing you digital footprint
– stranger danger is on digital steroids
– posting and sharing photos
– sexting and the legal consequences of producing and sharing child pornography
– respecting others online
– safe social networking
– cyber-bullying
– privacy settings
– what your posts may say about you
– identity theft
– age restrictions and why they should be respected
– legal responsibilities
– gaming network dangers
– Popular apps and their specific risks (SnapChat, Musical.ly, Yellow, Tinder, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Gaming, SMS, Facebook Messenger, Omegle, and others)

Parent Presentations: Based on the above topics but focused for an 18+ audience, our presentations do not focus on doom and gloom and engaging and empowering so parents leave the session with real world examples and strategies to help their children to stay safe when using social media.

Professional Development:  Safe on Social Media are the leaders in Professional development education and training in the field of cyber safety in Australia.

The Safe On Social Media Security, Privacy & Risk Management Professional Development Training Certification provides the answers. The 6hr professional development training workshop delivers a comprehensive overview of what’s happening right now in social media, how to use it safely with awareness, privacy and security tips, how to avoid the risks and how to manage problems. The training is filled with real life examples, anecdotes and recommendations that will arm you with the tools to pass on the learning to fellow staff and students.

Social media issues arise on a daily basis within schools so it is invaluable to have staff members equipped with the know-how to guide students, other staff and parents at any time. In fact we have been working at the coalface speaking to students, teachers and parents which has driven the demand for this certification program.

With our help, you can arm your school to respond effectively to social media challenges with a new leadership group who can refer the learnings onto other staff and students. The Safe On Social Media Security, Privacy & Risk Management Professional Development Training is the most extensive course of its type offered in Australia and is delivered by one of Australia’s foremost authorities in social media safety, privacy and risk management.

Safe On Social Media’s Security, Privacy & Risk Management Professional Development Training Certification will provide those that complete the course with the knowledge and resources to act as the go-to person for social media security, privacy and risk management advice within your school. The program reflects the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (AITSL).

Social Media Audit/Risk Assessment: Lead by a team of industry experts, Safe on Social Media provides an audit/risk assessment of each school’s social media presence. The customised highly confidential audit report is based on the deep investigation on of social media footprints together with interviews of stakeholders from your school where required. The final report identifies issues and recommendations covering student well-being and safety, teacher privacy, legal compliance, school reputation management.

Information Portal Annual Subscription: Safe on Social Media provides access to a comprehensive portal of updated online Guide Books covering all major social media sites and how to manage issues including privacy, online bullying, personal safety, and applying for jobs. Each Guide Book is branded with individual school logos ready for practical, easy use by school staff and distribution to the school community.

Consulting: Safe on Social Media offers comprehensive consulting services (minimum one hour) to address any issues that may impact the reputation safety and welfare of the school, its staff, and its students. Our consulting services are discussed and addressed on a case by case basis. Quotes available on request.

Please contact us at info@safeonsocial.com to discuss your school’s specific needs.

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WHO

Safe on Social Media is a private company accredited with the Office of the Commissioner of Children’s eSafety.

Managing Director Kirra Pendergast has over 20 years information security and privacy, risk management and business consulting experience including senior management positions in companies including Verisign, Avanade (a joint venture of Microsoft and Accenture), CGI and Cap Gemini.

For the last nine years Kirra has worked exclusively in social media risk management, investigation and education for numerous schools, businesses and government agencies across Australia.

Kirra is passionate about her work and is well known for her no holds barred approach (age appropriate of course). Her edge of your seat presentations are engaging, entertaining, informative and empowering. Kirra doesn’t dwell on doom and gloom, she offers resistance and resilience strategies to help people to help themselves and to teach others how to join the dots and to use social media with awareness.

Since 2015 Safe on Social Media has worked with more than 38,000 students, their teachers, parents and the wider school community across over 120 schools. We also work with youth groups, seniors, domestic violence survivors and counsellors.

We are the Australian leaders in cyber safety professional development training with more than 400 teachers and youth workers completing our social media security, privacy and risk management certification in 2017.

 

      Testimonials

      • My daughter came home from Kirra's talk very inspired. She had listened to many, many cyber safety talks at primary school and rolled her eyes when I mentioned there would be another one soon presented by Kirra. She said previous talks treated kids like dopes. But Kirra gave examples, evidence and clear explanations for exactly why some sites and some practices as dangerous, rather than just telling them 'this site is reeeally dangerous- be afraid'. She and her friends found Kirra's presentation both fascinating and clear when Kirra demonstrated  how easily she could look into someone's social media account and piece together information about their lives. Because my daughter is very vigilant, when she came home with her friend, she found most of her settings were correct, but she went through her friends lists and culled inactive ones. Her friend found quite a few images with locations attached to them, which she deleted. Huge thanks Kirra for inspiring and empowering our girls to stay safe, without making them feel it is their responsibility when something odious happens online!

        Mother of Year 7 Student - Mullumbimby High School, NSW
      • Thank you very much for your wonderful talks to our students, staff and parents. It was great to hear the many positive follow up discussions amongst staff and especially parents. 

        Our parents found it refreshing to hear about how to interact and engage in a positive way on social media rather than hear the repeated message to keep our kids away from social media. 

        We know our kids will always outsmart us and do exactly what we tell them not to do, so equipping both parents and students with the tools to recognise and understand the dangers - not the apps themselves but how we interact with them - giving our kids the knowledge to protect themselves and use social media in a positive, safe way was a wonderful new approach to take on board. 

        Our staff appreciated your upfront approach to think about not only the safety of our students and their online activity but also protecting our own professional integrity and online profiles.

        Our students as well went home and discussed their online activity with their parents. They have been empowered to take control of their own online activity, choosing to engage positively to stay safe online.

        Thank you once again.

        New Gisborne Primary School, Victoria.
      • Pimpama State Secondary College was extremely privileged to have had Kirra Pendergast attend our school and deliver her Cyber Safety presentation.  The information Kirra imparted onto our students was so relevant, that many students have discussed the content with peers and teachers well after the information was delivered.  Students have informed me that they were unaware of how open they left themselves online through various apps and settings and how important their digital footprint is now and into their future.  This presentation is hard hitting, relevant and a must for students who are all now living in a digital era. 

        Guidance Officer - Pimpama State Secondary College, Queensland
      • Kirra’s e-safety presentations were very informative and engaging. Our Year 7 and Year 8 students walked away with extensive knowledge of online safety, upcoming social media apps to be aware of and also learnt how to protect their online identity. The examples Kirra shared were fantastic and really helped the students relate to a topic that has been extensively discussed. Kirra used ‘real-talk’ with the students, something which I have found rare with other presentations. Things like nude selfies, online predators and the severe impacts of bullying, including suicide, need to be discussed and Kirra discussed all of these topics thoroughly.

        Thank you for empowering the students and the staff at Greenwood College.

        Sarah AsherStudent Support Worker - Greenwood College
      • Thank you Kirra for presenting your Professional Development Training to our staff at St Mary’s College. The response was outstandingly positive. Your expertise and passion for sharing your cyber safety message was engaging and informative. You are clearly an expert in this area and you were also able to deliver the information using case studies that made it much more relevant to all the staff no matter their IT background. 

        For years, I have heard the message about protecting our digital footprint and thought I had my security and privacy details up to date. But in this fast-moving and ever-changing cyber world, I hadn’t considered the implications of new features being introduced such as location sharing on photos. Through your case studies, I was able to see the importance of turning off location settings for photos and social media apps along with other features and how this could impact me and my students in the future. I not only feel empowered to teach my students HOW to be safe online but WHY it is important to them now and in the future. 

        Also the resources you have created in your information portal are invaluable resources for our school and provide strong support for our cyber safety programme. It is fantastic to know that these are constantly updated to make sure we are delivering correct and relevant information to share with our students and parents.

        We can’t wait to have you back to talk to our students and parents next year as your message of “HOW and WHY it is important to protect our digital footprint” is too valuable not to share regularly with our whole school community in this ever changing cyber world.

        Leah DempsterDirector of 1:1 IT Program - St Mary's College, Toowoomba
      • We were fortunate enough to have Kirra deliver a professional development session to our teachers. Her session was one of the most valuable PD sessions I have ever attended. The information she delivered was so incredibly relevant and useful. All of my colleagues talked about the session for days and are still talking about it! It has certainly helped us to better understand the challenges our students face in the ever changing world of social media. Kirra’s depth of knowledge on the subject was outstanding. We were so impressed we have asked her back to deliver more sessions to our students and parents. 

        Vanessa Steel - Hasings Primary School - Port Macquarie, New South Wales

      • Kirra Pendergast did an amazing job presenting the Safe on Social teacher training program to the staff at our school. Her extensive knowledge and expertise in the social media field provided the staff with invaluable information and an in-depth understanding of using ICT safely, responsibly and ethically, and in also maintaining student safety online. I highly recommend that Kirra’s program be an essential PD for all teaching staff at every school – fabulous! Fiona Roden - Student Welfare & Enrollment Officer - Albury Wodonga Community College
      • Kirra was dynamic, engaging and inspiring, delivering messages that resonated with all in our school community. The greatest strength is in the conversations that followed. The staff room was abuzz from the very next morning, even our Social Media sceptics were converts! I highly recommend Safe on Social to present to your students, staff and parents. It will transform your community.

        Aaron Chaplin - Principal - Edney Primary School - High Wycombe, Western Australia

      • Your presentation was simply awesome! You not only opened my eyes up to how I can keep my kids safe, you helped keep me safe too. More importantly, your style helped me come home and create a safe conversation with my kids about what we'll do moving forward rather than disconnecting the electricity and beginning to churn our own butter!!! 

        Stacey - Banora Point Primary School - Banora Point, New South Wales

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      Email: wecanhelp@safeonsocial.com
      Tel: 02 6687 5390
      Mobile: 0408 608 824

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