I do not bully people into changing behaviours, but instead offer useable options to help them make better decisions online. So very often, the pride I have for my work comes in the feedback from those who have seen me present. It is such comments and support that is continuing to motivate me to continue to drive change here in Australia. I share some of those with you here.
Paul Litherland - Owner SOS
He was so so so good! Not only me, but all my friends loved listening to him. Paul made it enjoyable and not just a scary or over used topic. Unlike some presenters that just try to "fit in" or say things that they think will be relevant to us, Paul actually understood because he's been through it and he knows what it's like. He constantly assured us and made sure we knew what it was all about and the effect it had and what we could do about it. I was genuinely interested and I was listening the whole time, wanting to take in everything. I am super excited to have him come in again.
Year 9 Student, Iona Presentation College : March 2021
Hi Paul, thank you for coming to our school and sharing your amazing knowledge with us. I had no idea about how many hackers and scammers there are on the internet, I was shocked. Your presentation was really helpful and I plan to pass this knowledge on to my younger sister, who is starting the ICT program soon. I hope in the future, you can continue to do the amazing work that you do, to teach even more kids about being internet aware.
Year 6 Student, Aubin Grove PS : Oct 2020
Wow. Just Wow. Paul Litherland from Surf Online Safe gave an excellent presentation tonight. Engaging, interesting, eye opening and informative. This guy is SUCH a resource for parents everywhere! He is a very in-demand speaker so we hope we can book him again as soon as possible.
P&F - St Mary's School, Merredin : Aug 2020
Hi Paul, this evening over dinner my girl shared details of what she learnt today from your presentation. We spoke about social media and issues for at least an hour - couldn’t stop her talking about all the things, shocking stats, consequences etc. It was such a good positive conversation and clear learning. Tonight was the first time I have seen her openly talk about these challenges and passionately wanting to do the right thing for herself and others. So my message - Thank you. Thank you for what you are doing, you are making a difference in the lives of children.
Parent - Bunbury Catholic College : Aug 2020
That is the first talk we have ever had where someone has actually spoken to us instead of just telling us off or telling us what not to do. Me and my friends spoke before the talk and thought it was going to be a typical cyber safety speech. We were so wrong. It was funny and you were so spot on about what we are using. That was brilliant Paul and you are the best presenter we have ever seen. I can't wait to see you again next year.
Year 7 Student, Frederick Irwin Anglican : Jul 2020
Hi Mr Litherland, I’m a student at John XXIII College, where you did one of your talks today. I just wanted to let you know that you had some really cool statistics and presented some great information - I heard many people talking about it afterwards, saying things like “I’m going to turn off my location services now!” and “I’d better make my phone name a different name to mine!” I really think that your talks are making a difference - keep doing what your doing! It’s making a difference, whether it’s small or not, you’re keeping the next generation of Perth safe online. Keep up the awesome work!
Year 8 Student, John XXIII College Perth : May 2019
Paul, you are going to be so missed by the year 12's at Leeming. My friends and I actually feel sad that we will not see you talk again. We have heard you speak every year from year 7 and you have always respected us and we do believe you are actually having a massive influence at our school. I know for a fact that you have helped so many of us and your advice has always been useful. Thanks so much.
Year 12 Student, Leeming Senior High School : Feb 2019
Mr Litherland, you have made a real difference to what I do online. I still remember your talk from Year 7 and how it made us all think. Me and all my friends love your talks and you are making a huge difference here at Mercy. I am talking to my little brother and sister about what you speak about as well. Thank you so much for helping us!
Year 10 Student, Mercy College : Sept 2018
Thank you so much for your time. You really do know how to engage our students. The parents who attended your presentation, raved about the information and integrity of your comprehensive knowledge, stating ‘Absolutely fantastic, if only there were more people like Paul helping our children.’ Kind regards.
Christine Lester, West Coast Secondary Education Support Centre : May 2018
That was brilliant Paul. The passion in your subject is clearly immeasurable and it is inspiring how well you speak about your work and the changes you are trying to make. I wish I could help more. We were all talking afterwards about how we could have kept asking questions all night! The stories of your own kids were absolutely hilarious. God bless.
Parent, Newman College : Mar 2018
Hello Miss, I was just emailing to tell you that I really enjoyed the guest speaker, Paul Litherland’s presentation. It was very effective and I like how (unlike others) he didn’t focus on abstinence, but more on the consequences, facts and examples of consequences should we choose to do it. I was engaged in the whole talk and I really believe that he made an impact on the way some of us use social media. The thing that really blew my mind was when he made a fake social media account and then asked how many people had followed it. Thank you.
Year 8 Student, Penrhos College : Dec 2017
I would just like to say thanks for your efforts at Kinross Primary last night. I can only speak on behalf of my wife and I (although I'm positive alot of the other parents would agree), when I say that your presentation was one of the most informative, harrowing and not to mention entertaining presentations I have sat through! I say harrowing from the fact that you shed light on what I've heard alot about but had not wanted to acknowledge, as in my naivety I believe my kids are still to young to start worrying about this just yet. I now understand the point of your presentation, being that communication is the key, has made me realise that it's never too early to open up dialect with my kids.
Parent, Kinross Primary School : Oct 2017
Paul. Thank you for coming to Mazenod and talking with the year 11's. I felt like telling you this was the best presentation we have ever had at school. We were talking about how right you were on so many points and how we need to change things up more often. I actually spoke with my little brother as well as he is in Year 7. Most of his stuff was not even on private, so it was good to show him what you spoke to us about. Thanks Paul.
Year 11 Student, Mazenod College, Perth : Aug 2017
Hello Mr Litherland, I wanted to say again how much I liked your talk today at my school. You have really inspired me and I wish I could do what you do. I spoke with my friends after the talk and we all talked about how passionate you seemed to be about your work. You taught me so much and made me want to make changes to what I do online straight away. Even my friends started changing the settings to their phones. We always have other people come to the school and talk about cyber safety, but there is no way any other talk will be as good as yours. Thank you for what you are doing.
Year 10 Student, Canning Vale College, Perth : May 2017
Paul Litherlands presentations are always interesting and innovative. He engages the audience and makes it easier to listen and understand what he is directly telling us. He communicates well with our age group and makes his speech funny and interactive, that helps us to really focus on the serious and important facts, while it is still being light and humorous.
Year 10 Student, Mercedes College, Perth : May 2017
I went to one of Pauls talks again this year, which is my third year in a row and each time he offers more information. Stuff that I can actually use. For me, what sticks out is his passion and how hard he is actually working for the kids at our school. His honesty is confronting at times, but how he delivers it is remarkable. It is actually very motivating. Each year he talks at Leeming, my kids talk about it at home and that gives me a chance to talk with them. Thanks for such a great speaker. One of the best I have ever seen.
Parent, Leeming Senior High School : May 2017
Good morning, I just wanted to say thank you very much for running this event. Both my boys found it useful and my older son came home and immediately started vetting and deleting things from his iPod which is great. I attended the evening session and Paul was super - walking a fine line between horrifying us parents and reassuring us at the same time is no mean feat! He was down to earth, clear and concise and full of really good information. I had some really good discussions with both boys when I got home and will hopefully continue to keep them making sensible choices going forward.
Parent, Lake Joondalup Baptist College : Apr 2017
Paul, I would like to thank you on behalf of the students, staff and parents at our school who attended a recent Surf Online Safe workshop that you delivered. Your student presentations were informative, engaging, fun and packed with pertinent information for our students to keep safe during online interactions with others. Our parents highlighted the amount of information that you packed into the session, all of which was of great value. You highlighted the complexities of working within an industry that has little constraints and no accountability but still managed to give us vital information to work within those parameters. What an eye opener for us all. I thank you once again for sharing your time and knowledge and we will endeavour to make your workshops an annual event at the school. Good luck in your endeavours Paul, the cyber world feels a little safer with you fighting for the cause. Kind regards
Christine Lester - VET Coordinator, Duncraig S.E.S.C. : Nov 2016
Paul recently spoke at my daughters school. The evening after his talk, she told us about a person who she had been speaking with on Kik and Instagram. This person was a young boy who had been asking some of the questions Paul spoke about in his presentation. I rang Paul the next day and told him what my daughter had said and it was great how much he wanted to help and he put me onto the right people to speak to. The police said the person was a predator and he was grooming my daughter. He has been charged and is being investigated about doing the same with other girls. I am still in shock and this has been a very frightening experience. My daughter is pretty smart, but she was really unaware of what this person was trying to do, but I was completely unaware. I am terrified at what could have happened if Paul had not have come to our school when he did. He gave my daughter the thoughts to be aware about what was happening, but more importantly he gave her the courage to speak to me and her dad. Paul has had such a gigantic impact on me and our family and he may well have saved my daughters life. I cannot thank Paul enough.
Parent - WA High School : May 2016
Mr Litherland, your presentation was outstanding. In my opinion it was the best presentation about cyber safety I have ever seen. You really captured the audience with interesting points. Demonstrating the ways of online predators was very convincing and the message had been given very clearly. I took away a lot of knowledge from this experience. :)
Year 10 Student - Mercedes College, Perth : May 2016
Paul, thank you so much for the presentations to all our lower school students. The content of your presentations were so relevant to the students and your delivery of that content had everyone so engaged! I loved your sense of humour and loved watching each students face as they finally got the main messages being conveyed. These were the best presentations I have seen in my 20 years of teaching.
Natalie Simms - Associate Principal, Canning Vale College : Mar 2016
Paul - I just want to thank you once again for your wonderful presentations to our students and parents this year. The effect on our students has been enormous, and the feedback from them has been extremely positive. I do not believe it is a coincidence that since you began speaking to our students over the last few years, the number of internet/cyber safety related incidents we have experienced has significantly decreased. It has also been great to see so many parents beginning to come to your parent presentations. It has now become one of the “must attended” events on our calendar for parents. We look forward to having you speak to our College community for many years to come.
Neil Alweyn - Deputy Principal, Emmanuel Catholic College : Mar 2016
My 2 kids came home from school yesterday and they were chattering away all afternoon. That evening at dinner, was the first time I have ever seen them actually wanting to discuss what happened at school. More importantly, they were genuinely excited to tell us about your presentation that day. I was intrigued, so decided to go to your evening presentation. I was so glad I did and I could see why the kids were such a buzz. I have never learned so much in such a short time. You gave us a laugh and really gave me some great insight into the internet and how it works. Thank you so much, please come back again. ALL kids have to see one of your presentations and in my opinion, for parents it should be compulsory.
Parent - John XXIII College : Mar 2016
Hi, You recently came to Corpus Christi. I just wanted to say how much that opened my eyes to the dangers of the internet and I am so grateful that you came to talk to us. We always get speeches on sexting and things like that and that we shouldn't do it but we have never been fully explained why and what could happen. I thank you so much for explaining what you did and now I know to be much more cautious online and with what I post. I think you should make sure you also speak to younger high school years because the issues you discussed also come up in year 8 and 7. I hope you continue doing what you are doing. You have really helped me, we have never been told any of that and I think that teachers should focus more on things like what you spoke about than Cyber Bullying every year, Don't get me wrong Cyber Bullying is extremely important to learn about but what you spoke about we never were told and we should hear that more often because I think it would reduce the problems e.g. I walked out and my friend said "I'm not even sure about posting my bikini pictures anymore". So i just really want to thank you for that and I hope you continue to keep doing what you are doing, I just had to tell you how much you impacted on me (in a good way) and how much more i know about the internet! Thanks so much!! I hope you and your family enjoy your weekend. Thanks again.
Year 9 Student - Corpus Christi College : Mar 2016
Surf Online Safe presenter, Paul Litherland spoke to three of our year groups during assemblies and our parents at a Parent Information Evening. The information which he provided to both audiences was captivating, insightful and age appropriate. Paul used very interesting and real examples that shocked our students and definitely challenged the way in which they view social media and other online activities. We will be inviting Surf Online Safe to present to our year groups again.
Su-Lyn Ta - Deputy Principal, Prendiville Catholic College : Aug 2015
I just wanted to give you some feedback on the Guest Speaker the girls had yesterday. As most parents do, for many years I have spoken to my daughter about posting photos, being safe on-line, etc. and have received the "yeah, yeah" response. Yesterday was the first time I have heard her come home raving about how great a speaker was at school. She was telling us how she was going to delete many of the "friends" she has on Facebook she doesn't really know and how she was going to make sure the location function on her phone was always off. She has a younger brother who doesn't have any social media yet, but like most boys does play games on the computer that have "chat". Because she was so enthusiastic about the topic he was listening and it was a great way to again broach the subject of cyber safety with him. I hope this speaker has had as big an effect on many of the girls as it did on my daughter. Cyber stalking is a constant worry of parents now days. Thanks for arranging a great speaker.
Parent - St Brigids College : Aug 2015
Paul, Thanks and congratulations on the presentations to our students and parents yesterday. Students are going out of their way to tell me how good it was. Yesterday they were not given merely a list of do’s and don’ts, they were shown what they were actually doing online and the very real damage that could occur. The rest was left to them, which meant it was the students walking away knowing what to do and wanting to change things immediately. Finally, we have had great feedback from parents who attended the evening session, both on the information they received and the impact it has had on their children. I am really looking forward to working with you again in the future.
Don Parnel - Deputy Principal, Seton Catholic College : Jul 2015