2016 Cyber Safety Symposium Wrap-up

cyber security for schools

Tesserent was pleased to host the 2016 Cyber Safety Symposium for Schools at the Hawthorn Arts Centre on Thursday 13th October 2016.

The half-day event involved schools from Melbourne metro and regional Victoria.

Susan Mclean, often referred to as the ‘Cyber Cop’ opened the event with a keynote presentation titled ‘Caring for Kids in the Online World’. Susan was one of the first Australian’s to become involved with cyber safety for children whilst she was a Victorian police woman. Susan went on to establish and manage the Victorian Police ‘Cyber Safety Project’ and in recent years has undertaken specialised study in Australia and overseas, making her on of Australia’s leading cyber safety experts.

Susan McLean Cyber security

While Susan’s message was daunting to some, Susan was able to clearly articulate the importance of school’s adopting and enforcing a cyber safety policy within their school. This policy should be embraced by the wider school community to ensure the same practices are adopted at school and at home.

Following Susan, Tesserent Education’s Business Development Manager, Robert Smyth presented Tesserent’s latest education based technology – MyNet. MyNet is a specialised Internet portal designed to help schools manage their online environment, improve learning outcomes and promote good digital citizenship amongst students. MyNet will be available for existing Tesserent Sonar customers from 8th November 2016 and new customer orders are also being taken.

Robert Smyth Tesserent

Contact Tesserent if you would like more information on how Mynet can revolutionise the way your school uses the Internet.

The final part of the Symposium was an industry panel discussing the key issues facing schools in regards to cyber safety. The panel included Susan McLean, Guy Lupo of Telstra, Cameron Nicholls, Warragul Regional College and Tesserent’s Chief Technology Officer, Nick Conolly. The panel took questions from the audience and proved to be an engaging session for School Leaders and IT Managers alike. Participants were able to raise their concerns as well as share their experiences regarding cyber safety practices in an open forum.

Overall, the 2016 Cyber Safety Symposium for Schools was an engaging and beneficial day. Tesserent is looking forward to engaging regularly with the education sector to embrace the latest in cyber safety best-practice.

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