The South Eastern Times : August 7th 2014
NEWS 7 Online safety information session Australia’s ‘cyber cop’ to highlight impacts of social media use dangers SOUTH East students, parents and teachers will learn methods of keeping safe online from one of Australia’s foremost experts on cyber safety. Australia’s cyber cop Susan McLean will present a free informative session at the Millicent Civic and Arts Centre next Wednesday, August 13, to advocate safety on the internet. “Parenting in the 21st century is having the ability to be able to parent online,” she said. “We have got to empower parents to start making tough decisions on what social media sites and applications they are able to access.” The destructive impacts of cyber bullying, personal imagery gone viral and the hidden lurks of online predators are some of the topics Ms McLean will cover during her week long tour of the South East. “It is about education and making sure that kids and adults are aware of what the law says because people have too many excuses to rationalise their online behaviour,” she said. “The detrimental effects of unsafe internet use cannot be quantified because they are there forever and you do not want some things out in internet land. “Rules are rules regardless of off or online behaviours and the laws don’t discriminate between adolescent stupidity and a true pedophile.” Millicent High School junior school leader Monica Burt said Year 8 and 9 students would attend forums with Ms McLean during the day. “Every school is suffering from negative effects of the internet,” she said. “One of the most concerning trends that is happening across the board is cyber bullying and how this kind of bullying does not remain in the school ground. “It continues to happen after school and students will not realise that they have been subject to online bullying until they get to school the next day. “It is our duty to make sure our students are safe both on and offline and the forums are a way to inform students that their actions online can have consequences offline.” Limestone Coast Local Service Area crime prevention officer Paul Scicluna encouraged the public to attend the parent session to tackle internet issues. “Kids first and foremost need good rolemodels to learn good social etiquette on the internet as well as knowing what is acceptable behaviour and what is not,” he said. “Individuals can never be certain who they are talking to on the internet and that is potentially a big threat to internet users. “It is important for parents to have rules and safeguards in place to ensure their children are safe.” The free parent session will start at 7.30pm at the Millicent Civic and Arts Centre. For more information contact the District Council of Grant on 8721 0444. Millicent and District Hospital in need of permanent midwife THE Millicent and District Hospital has a vacancy for a midwife. The permanent role is for 20 hours per week and the closing date for applications is August 15. Babies are no longer delivered at Millicent, but the town’s midwives provide antenatal and post-natal care services through the hospital. Earlier this year, Country Health SA chief executive Maree Geraghty said the number of midwives working in Millicent had dropped by four. She said one of the Millicent midwives secured a position at Mount Gambier prior to the transfer of birthing services from Millicent to Mount Gambier 13 months ago. “A second midwife retired in December at the age of 72,” Ms Geraghty said. “She had been working mainly in non-midwifery roles prior to this time by personal choice.” A third midwife had worked casually at Millicent, but accepted an ongoing position at Naracoorte Hospital from December. “She said a fourth midwife had returned from maternity leave, but has elected initially to work one shift per fortnight rather than full-time,” she said. Obstetric services were removed from Millicent Hospital in July last year with Country Health SA saying at the time the measure was a temporary one and due to a shortage of Millicent-based obstetricians. Dr James Bushell, a partner at the Medical Clinic Millicent, is the only GP obstetrician in Millicent. Annual Christmas fete scheduled MILLICENT’S annual Combined Churches Christmas Appeal Fete will be held on Friday, October 10. Among the items expected to be on sale are toys, flowers, plants, bric-a-brac, mystery bottles, table decorations, home made cakes and lollies. Running from 10am to 2pm, the fete attracts those who want to meet for lunch and morning tea. Last year’s Millicent appeal supported well over 100 people in need We need everyone’s help to buy aircraft and keep the ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR fl ying. PO Box 1426, Mount Gambier, SA 5290 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au Please send your donations to: PO Box 214, Millicent, SA 5280 The South Eastern Times, Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 7 over the Christmas season. Each year, Millicent’s Combined Churches Christmas Appeal raises several thousand dollars to make Christmas a little brighter for families struggling to make ends meet. The food hampers are valued at well over $100 and contain Christmas cake, ham, biscuits, chips, tea, coffee, milk and gift vouchers. The fete will be held in the Millicent Uniting Church Hall. ONLINE SAFETY: Susan McLean (centre) delivered over 450 presentations on cyber safety last year. A leader in her field, pictured with Sunrise hosts Sam Armytage and Andrew O’Keefe, she will visit Millicent next week for a series of workshops on cyber safety for parents. A new planning system for South Australia TELL US WHAT YOU THINK An Expert Panel, chaired by Brian Hayes QC, has been tasked to create a new planning system to better meet our current and future challenges. The Expert Panel has now released a report, Our Ideas for Reform, that proposes 27 substantial reforms to our state’s planning system. These ideas could make fundamental changes to the way planning is undertaken in South Australia. Before making its final recommendations to the government, the Expert Panel wants to know: • Would these reforms work? • How should these reforms be implemented? To read Our Ideas for Reform, and to tell the Expert Panel what you think, go to www.thinkdesigndeliver.sa.gov.au This is your opportunity to influence the Expert Panel’s thinking before it finishes its work in December 2014. Input on Our Ideas for Reform is welcome until 26 September 2014.
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