One Mum’s Unimaginable Loss Helping Kids Stay Safe Online

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One Mum’s Unimaginable Loss Helping Kids Stay Safe Online

Losing a child at the hands of an online predator is every parent's worst nightmare, which tragically became a reality for one South Australian mum in 2007 when her daughter was brutally murdered by a 50-year-old man pretending to be her teenage love interest.

This National Child Protection Week, The Quicky speaks to that mum about how she now helps other parents spot the warning signs that their child is at risk, and two members of the Australian Federal Police about the best ways to keep your kids safe online. 

Do you want to know how to keep kids safe online? Introducing the Safe on Social Toolkit: the digital ‘survival kit’ of everything parents and teachers need to know to keep kids safe on social media right now. Get the toolkit now at

If you have seen inappropriate behaviour towards child online, including online grooming and inappropriate contact, make a report to the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation at


Host/Producer: Claire Murphy

Executive Producer: Siobhán Moran-McFarlane

Audio Producer: Jacob Round


Sonya Ryan - Founder and CEO of The Carly Ryan Foundation, dedicated o the protection of children and ensuring their online experiences are positive and safe

Detective Acting Inspector Kurt Wesche - Has worked in Australian Federal Police (AFP) child protection investigations for more than eight years

Simone McKeough - Leader of the Online Child Safety Team, which is responsible for delivering the AFP-led education program ThinkUKnow

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