Online Safety Event For Parents With Children Growing Up In The Digital World


All Aboard 2017 Runs Free Digital Skills Workshop on 3 April

All Aboard 2017, a national initiative to build confidence in our digital skills for learning from 3 to 7April, will run an information session on “Growing Up in The Digital World- For Parents” in partnership with The Digital Hub, Dublin on Monday, 3 April 9.30am-11.00am at Digital Depot, Roe Lane, The Digital Hub, Dublin 8.

Renowned digital safety expert Wayne Denner will deliver the workshop that offers useful tips on how to become “digitally wise”and bridge the so-called “digital divide” between parents and their children.

Areas covered in this practical session include the latest information on the different types of technology we use, the rapidly evolving range of digital terminology, the importance of daily structure like digital sunrise and sunset for family wellbeing as well as thinking and direction on how parents go about balancing online opportunity and benefit with risk and overexposure. One of the major areas Wayne will focus on is the impact ofparents’ digital behaviour on their children’s relationship with technology.

Announcing details of its national digital skills event for parents, Dr Terry Maguire, for All Aboard 2017 said: 

This event encourages parents to help themselves and their children develop the skills and knowledge necessary for a positive digital presence and experiences.

Children engaging in online activities, text messaging, playing games, retrieving online content or watching videos do not intuitively know how to make safe use of technology and rely on their parents’ digital “know how” to teach them the essential digital safety and awareness skills. Without these skills, our children’s digital life and learning can be limiting and potentially damaging. With almost 60% of 10 year olds engaged in social media, the need for clued-in parents to accompany their children as they grow up in the digital world is pressing. Regardless of your digital skills level, this workshop is for any parent committed to their child’s digital learning and enjoyment.”


Author of ‘The Student’s Guide to an Epic Online Reputation…and parents too, RepSelfie App Inventor, Educator, Entrepreneur, Speaker and Trainer, Wayne Denner set up Ireland’s first Social Network platform in the early noughties before Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and Bebo!. Wayne Denner has 20 years digital experience and is internationally regarded as a thought leader and influencer on online safeguarding, youth engagement online and emerging trends in today’s rapidly changing online environment.

Wayne inspires and motivates young people and adults to protect their wellbeing online, take control and maximise their individual talent in today’s digital world. Wayne tells his story and provides sound advice on protecting personal, professional and organisational reputation online and using social networks, the internet and smartphones to your advantage.

Caroline Viguier, Strategic Initiatives Manager at The Digital Hub commented: “The Digital Hub is delighted to play our part in supporting such a worthy initiative as All Aboard 2017 and in particular to be in the position to host the online safety event for parents with children growing up in the digital world. The event is very complementary to the range of innovative digital learning programmes we are currently rolling out that are working to shape Ireland’s digital future.”

Bookings for the workshop can be made at


About All Aboard 2017

An initiative co-run by The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and Ireland’s higher education institutions, All Aboard 2017 is a week-long (3-7 April 2017) series of national and regional events designed to build confidence in Ireland’s digital skills for learning.

Through the lens of digital skills for learning, All Aboard 2017 aims to foster closer links between Ireland’s higher education institutions and the country’s primary and secondary schools. The entire education sector – universities, institutes of technology, private colleges, further education and training colleges, adult literacy centres and every secondary and primary school in the country are a key target audience of the initiative. A business and local community programme are also offered.

Organisations/schools with an interest in developing digital skills for learning- regardless of digital skills levels- are invited to take part in All Aboard 2017. Participating organisations qualify for a range of All Aboard 2017 digital badges. National and regional events including fun activities, workshops, competitions, challenges, experiments, public lectures and much more are all designed to help build confidence in digital skills for learning are on offer.

To run or attend All Aboard 2017 events visit or follow Twitter(#AllAboard2017), Facebook and YouTube.

About The Digital Hub

Based in the historic Liberties area of Dublin city centre, The Digital Hub is an enterprise cluster for growing technology companies. Almost 100 established businesses operate in The Digital Hub. Together these businesses employ just over 700 people. The Digital Hub is the largest cluster of digital media, technology and internet businesses in Ireland, providing a space for indigenous enterprises to scale and grow alongside major global companies and industry organisations.

The Digital Hub is committed to improving digital inclusion in Dublin 8. Since 2003 it has run and been a partner on many programmes run at The Digital Hub campus devoted to improving digital literacy amongst young and old people, people with disabilities and people who are unemployed, upskilling and job seeking. The Digital Hub’s Community Learning Initiatives provide skills, motivation and access.

The Digital Hub Development Agency is the Irish state agency that manages The Digital Hub. The Agency was established by the Irish Government under the Department of Communications, Climate Change and Environment and plays a key part in supporting the implementation of the National Digital Strategy.

Further information is available at: or on Twitter: @TheDigitalHub.