The Carly Ryan Foundation: kids and online cyber safety session


The Carly Ryan Foundation: kids and online cyber safety session

  • Hosted by Sonya Ryan, CEO of The Carly Ryan Foundation, Level 1 in the Community Hub, near Kmart. View Map

    Price: Free

Westfield West Lakes is honoured to be partnering with The Carly Ryan Foundation to deliver a free, educational session on kids and online cyber safety for parents and caregivers.

Hosted by Sonya Ryan, CEO of The Carly Ryan Foundation, topics include:

  • Online safety for kids
  • Opportunities vs. risks
  • Privacy settings
  • Awareness
  • Managing self
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Resilience
  • Critical thinking
  • Understanding the law
  • Image based abuse
  • Respectful relationships
  • Connection to support services

About The Carly Ryan Foundation

Carly Ryan was 15-years-old when she was murdered by an online predator. It was the first crime of its type in Australia, occurring in 2007 when social media was a new phenomenon and paedophiles were starting to infiltrate the online space. Determined to help prevent harm to other innocent children and families and to help them navigate their online journey safely, Carly’s mum Sonya incorporated The Carly Ryan Foundation in 2010.

The CRF is a certified online safety program provider under the Office of the eSafety Commissioner and delivers online safety and healthy relationship seminars to students and parents. The organisation also provides a range of services and support in the areas of internet safety and crime, cyberbullying, connection to resources and counselling and contributing to law and policy reform.

The harm-prevention charity is based in Carly’s home state of South Australia but presents its education program ‘Project Connect’ nationally. Its very small team will deliver in excess of 100 seminars throughout the year while balancing its political advocacy work which has already seen ‘Carly’s Law’ introduced into the Commonwealth Criminal Code in 2017 and in South Australia in 2018.

The CRF is a member of the Online Safety Consultative Working Group and contributed to the establishment of the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. In January 2018, the organisation was invited to join the new eSafety and Mental Health Steering Group.

Sonya Ryan was a finalist in the 2017 Human Rights Awards and is a previous winner of South Australian of the Year.

In 2018, Ms Ryan opened a United Nations conference in Bangkok. In the same year, she was awarded the Mother of the Nation Award at the Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities: Child Dignity in the Digital World Forum held in Abu Dhabi. This award was in recognition of her distinguished efforts in supporting mothers and children.

Ms Ryan accepted the award in honour of her daughter's legacy and was grateful for the opportunity to represent Carly on a world stage.

To find out more about The Carly Ryan Foundation, please visit:

This is a free session, however, bookings are essential. If you can no longer attend, please be mindful of other parents and caregivers who may wish to take your place and cancel your ticket.

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