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Carly Ryan was the apple of her mum's eye.

So when the 15-year-old was left for dead by a 50-year-old predator posing as a teenager online, mum Sonya channelled her grief into something amazing.

The result was The Carly Ryan Foundation, Carly's Law and a campaign to educate young people about stranger danger online.

We caught up with this courageous mum who also had a few handy tips about how to work out if someone is exactly who they say they are.

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Sonya is hoping to speak in Ballarat in 2018. 

If you would like to get in touch about donating, counselling or information about the 'Thread' app, go to ... http://www.carlyryanfoundation.com/