Be net savvy, parents told

Be net savvy, parents told

Ms Ryan, from South Australia, has fought to raise awareness of internet safety since her 15-year-old daughter Carly was murdered in February 2007 by a man she met online.

Recently speaking to Presbyterian Ladies’ College students, Ms Ryan said parents should not expect children to navigate the world wide web alone.

‘With kids it’s about keeping it real on the internet, for parents it’s about having an online contract at home,’ she said.

‘Don’t be frightened of the technology; it’s really easy to learn.’

Through the foundation she set up in memory of her daughter, Ms Ryan has campaigned the Federal Government to introduce Carly’s Law, which would enforce jail terms on online users who lie about their identity to meet minors.

‘What happened to Carly is the worst case scenario but there is rape, assault, cyber bullying,’ she said. ‘We need to prevent the crime before it happens.’