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Plugged In Switched Off

With support from Plugged In Switched Off is a solution based online event giving advice for parents, principals and professionals alike. 

Thanks to the insights we get from our workshops with children, each year we aim to tackle a different topic surround the world of online safety. The viewer hears from various perspectives, from young people, to schools, to industry, to experts. We hope these webinars are useful and can help start conversations at home about online safety. 

If you weren’t able to be with us on the day the recorded webinars from this year and previous years are on availble to watch back. 

Plugged in Switched off 2023

Supported by, this event was aimed at principals, parents and professionals working with children. The theme was Gaming. This is a practical, solution focused event and gave insights into the pros/cons of gaming and how it impacts on children  

Starts from 4.05mins 
4.05 Welcome and agenda from MC, Anton Savage
7.40 How gaming impacts children (Suzanne Connolly and Clíodhna Purdue, Barnardos)
19.15 Positive example of online game (Alice Mansergh, Google)
27.07 Keynote speech (Richard Hogan, Author of Parenting the Screenager)
49.50 Hearing from young people (John and Beatrice, Webwise Youth Ambassadors)
1.00 What schools are saying about gaming (Phillip Kelly, St Patrick’s BNS)
1.06 Input from gaming industry (Laura Higgins, Roblox)
1.15 How PEGI rate games (Dirk Bosmans, PEGI – Pan European Gaming Institute)
1.25 Panel Discussion (Richard Phillips, Beatrice, John, Dirk Bosmans)

If you’re not sure about any game or term that was used throughout this webinar Webwise have full glossary of terms. 

Look back at previous years

2022 Plugged In Switched Off – Cyberbullying

Our second webinar on cyberbullying took place on 31st May 2022.

2021 Plugged In Switched Off – Summary Report

Our first webinar about digital wellbeing and screen time took place on March 30th 2021. Feel free to download the summary

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 82,000 students overall with our workshops in schools. Our Plugged in Switched off webinar series, aimed at parents and professionals, is also due to their support. 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.

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