The internet is an integral part of our lives, providing fantastic opportunities to learn, create and connect, but the online world also creates challenges. The #TalkListenLearn campaign encourages parents to have open and regular conversations with their child about the internet. To talk to them about benefits and the risks, but also to listen to what their child has to say and to learn about their life online. Research consistently shows that many children do not tell if something goes wrong online. Having conversations with your child is one of the most effective ways of ensuring that they have a safe and positive experience, and to help them to feel comfortable coming to you if they encounter an issue.

Get Involved

    • The internet is a big part of the lives of children and young people, and Safer Internet Day is a fantastic opportunity for families to #TalkListenLearn. Having regular discussions about life online is a key way to help children and young people have a safe and positive experience. The #TalkListenLearn campaign supports families to have those conversations. Get started using the fun and interactive #TalkListenLearn Topic Generator for conversation starters on a range of topics such as  privacy, safety, sharing online, and false information. 


    • Register your support for Safer Internet Day on webwise.ie/saferinternetday! Join thousands of other people, groups, schools and organisations from across Ireland who are sharing their plans to celebrate #SID2022.  


    • There are lots of fun ways to celebrate Safer Internet Day! Why not hold a virtual coffee morning; host a talk for parents using our #SID2022 presentation; try out our Topic Generator to encourage people to have fun and informative conversations; or share the Webwise Safer Internet Day resources on your newsletter; display your Safer Internet Day Supporter Certificate in the office, on your website, or on social media!


#TalkListenLearn resources and materials are available in the free Parents Pack.



Parents Toolkit

The free Webwise Parent Toolkit contains a range of useful resources and materials to help support parents to engage with their children and teenager’s lives online.


#TalkListenLearn Topic Generator: A new online tool to help parents and children have more open conversations about life online.

The #TalkListenLearn Guide: This outlines simple steps that you can take to have regular and open conversations with your child about their life online, and to help them to navigate the challenges and benefit from the opportunities of the digital environment.


Support Safer Internet Day: Safer Internet Day is a global event which aims to help create a safer and better internet, especially for children and young people. People from across the world take part in the celebrations, and there are lots of ways for parents to get involved!


Family Agreement: The internet is a big part of our lives and creating a family agreement is a great way have positive conversations about using the internet safely and responsibly, and to set clear expectations. All families are different, but the Webwise Family Agreement is a useful guide to help you focus on what is most relevant for your family and their ages.


#TalkListenLearn Parents Presentation: Available to as a scripted Presentation or as a video, this presentation offers practical tips to parents to help them start the conversation with their child.


Talking Points for Parents

Talking Points for Parents: Nobody understands the online world of children and teenagers better than their fellow young people!


Based on their own online experiences, these Talking Points have been created by 35 members of our youth panel in consultation with over 140 students from across Ireland to help parents approach the conversation in a way that will encourage your child or teen to open up about their life online!

Parents' Guide to a Better Internet

This booklet will help parents to help their children have a positive experience when they are online.


It provides information, advice and conversation starters about the benefits and risks they need to be aware of when using the internet. Topics explored in the guide include cyberbullying, screen time, sexting, social media and online pornography, along with advice on encouraging critical thinking skills, the influence of online algorithms, and how to spot misinformation online.

Parents' Guide to A Better Internet

Topic Generator

Having regular open conversations is one of the most effective ways of supporting your child online. Webwise is encouraging parents and kids to use our topic generator to help them start the conversation.

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#TalkListenLearn Videos

The new Webwise #TalkListenLearn Topic Generator helps families to talk about the online experiences including topics such as cyberbullying, privacy, online wellbeing and digital resilience, and time online.


Want to know more about what children and teenagers have to say about their online lives? Oreofe Ruby and Senan sit down with their parents to chat about their experiences, what they think parents need to know, and what they could do to better support their child’s life online.

Ruby and Ronan


15 year-old Ruby and her dad Ronan chat about what is important to her about life online. They talk about a range of things including the influences that she encounters and how she deals with them; when comments or posts have crossed the line, and what parents can do to better support their children online.

Oreofe And Dolapo


What is her favourite thing about being online? How to stay safe, and what to do if something bothers her online. 10 year-old Oreofe talks to her mum about her online experiences.

Senan and Erin


What do parents need to know about their child’s life online? 17 year-old Senan talks about the social aspect, and how important the online world is for teenagers to be able to stay connected with their friends. He and his mum Erin chat about the his online experiences, including how to tell if something is true online and what parents can do to be able to better support their children online.

Talk to someone

Worried about something you have seen online or concerned about your child? Childline and the National Parents Council Primary offer free advice and support service.

Childline is a support service for young people up to the age of 18.There is a 24hr telephone, online and mobile phone texting service.

Get started

The National Parents Council Primary enables and empowers parents to be effective partners in their children’s education.

01 887 4477

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