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Speakers and experts

Keynote Speaker Joanna Fortune

Joanna Fortune (MICP; MIFPP; Reg Pract APPI; CTTTS; ApSup PTI) is an accredited psychotherapist and attachment specialist. She is the author of the 15-Minute Parenting series of books, host of the 15-minute parenting podcast.

Moderator Anton Savage

Anton Savage is an Irish Broadcaster and General Manager and Head of Public Relations at Carr Communications.

Almudena Lara, Child Safety Lead at Google

Almudena will talk about the core products that Google can offer families to help manage their Screen time and Digital Wellbeing.


  • 10am Introduction by Moderator Anton Savage
  • 10.05 Input from Online Safety Programme/Welcome from Suzanne Connolly CEO Barnardos
  • 10:20 Keynote speech Joanna Fortune (parenting expert, clinical psychotherapist)
  • 10.40 Input from Industry (Tools to help Digital Wellbeing): Google & Tik Tok
  • 10.50 Input from Young People: Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) & Webwise 
  • 11:05 Break-out sessions (3 concurrent workshops - details on registration coming soon)
    • Workshop 1: How to be a role model to children? Empowering parents
    • Workshop 2: Opportunities and challenges from a teaching perspective
    • Workshop 3: Defining Digital Wellbeing - how can we promote it?
  • 11.30 Panel discussion (Joanna Fortune, Google rep, YAP rep, Barnardos rep)
  • 12.00 Summary and close


Our Partners

Since September 2019, with support from, we are rolling out a 5 year online safety programme across the country, with the aim of reaching 1,000 schools and 75,000 students overall. As part of this Barnardos/Google partnership, we signpost to Be Internet Legends, a free multifaceted programme designed to teach younger children (age 7-11 year olds) about online safety. There are family guides for parents and lesson plans for teachers and can be used as a ‘before’ or ‘after’ teaching resources to our workshops.