Susan McLean is Australia’s foremost expert in the field of cyber safety as it applies to children, young people and adults with an intellectual disability.
As a young member of Victoria Police in 1994 she realised Internet harassment and misuse was an emerging problem after talking to a group of Year 8 schoolgirls that influenced her to dedicate herself to cyber safety.
The meeting with those schoolgirls 20 years ago impacted on her so much she embarked on extensive research gathering information on cyber safety from universities and law enforcement agencies around the world.
She became widely known as the ‘cyber cop’ being the first Victoria Police Officer to be appointed to a position involving cyber safety and young children.
Her enthusiasm and passion convinced police command to send her to the United States to complete the ‘Protecting Children On-Line’ training program run by the National Centre for Missing & Exploited Children and also to attend the Internet Crimes Against Children Conference in Dallas, Texas.
On her return Susan established and managed the Victoria Police Cyber Safety Project from March to October 2007 and later completed the ‘University Certificate in Child Safety on the Internet’ from the University of Central Lancashire in the UK.
After 27 years’ service with Victoria Police she resigned to establish her own business, Cyber Safety Solutions.
Today, Susan is in constant demand as a keynote speaker and advisor on cyber safety, talking to a wide range of concerned groups including sporting bodies, major corporations, adolescent psychologists, educators, magistrates, law firms, schools and medical practitioners.
She recently published her first book, ‘Sexts, Texts & Selfies’ as a definitive guide for parents on how to keep children safe in the digital space.
Susan travels from Melbourne.