Safe On Social presented by Kirra Pendergast

Safe On Social presented by Kirra Pendergast at Byron Theatre

Don’t listen to all the fear-mongering and hysteria about ‘banning’ apps or devices, or trying harder to ‘control’ your child.

Kirra Pendergast is a Byron Bay local recognised as Australia’s leading expert in Cyber Safety and she will be hosting a conversation with parents about the negative and positive aspects of how your kids are using social media.

As a public speaker and educator, Kirra has presented to more than 400,000 students, teachers and parents at schools across Australia and NZ, at countless legal seminars, government and business events, conferences and business staff professional learning and wellbeing sessions. Her sessions are engaging and informative. She is a regular media commentator and leverages her 25+yrs experience providing strategic advice to government and industry.

In 2009 she founded Australia’s first consulting company focused solely on Social Media Security, Privacy, and Risk Management and completed social media risk reviews for organisations ranging in size from 5 to over 12,000 employees. Prior to 2009 QLD State Director level positions with key international IT and business consulting firms in Australia predominantly in information/cyber security. Verisign, CGI Logica, Cap Gemini and Avanade (JV Microsoft & Accenture). In the late 90’s she was a founding board member of the QLD Governments eSecurity Industry Association.

In 2014 Kirra was inspired to create Safe on Social Media Pty Ltd after experiencing serious and relentless cyberbullying and trolling herself. Her experience helped her understand in great detail what victims of cyberbullying are exposed to.

As the CEO of Safe on Social, Kirra’s passion and purpose is to lead her organisation to help educate people and organisations about the law, reducing risk, safety, and privacy when online. Safe on Social in partnership with Mamamia recently created and released the Safe on Social Toolkit for parents:

This talk will cover:

Using social media with awareness
The positive aspects of how your child is using social media
Keeping personal information private
Online grooming
Posting photos and sexting
Safe social networking
Privacy settings
What your posts say about you
Identity theft
Legal responsibility
Gaming dangers
Learning to read teenager behaviour online
Managing digital footprints
Strategies to build resistance and resilience


Please Note: To assist with Covid-19 contact tracing, you will be asked for the names and phone numbers of all ticket holders at the time of booking.

This is a Covidsafe event, therefore we will be operating at restricted capacity with social distancing measures in place.

For the health & safety of all, signage & sanitising stations are set up throughout the venue. We ask that you adhere to all covid guidelines while attending the theatre.

 The Byron Theatre and Community Centre is a registered CovidSafe business.

NB: Pending availablity, E-Tickets can now be purchased online up to the event start time to avoid a rush at the box office.
5.30pm – Venue doors open | Box Office sales open | Venue Bar open
6.30pm – Safe On Social
8.00pm – Event concludes (No interval)