This is a collection of resources curated primarily within the context of the Irish educational system and mostly gathered via the CESI List., if you are based elsewhere you should be aware that your legal duties and contexts may differ from those described in these documents.
Recommended speakers: updated 2017: I asked the CESI list for recomendations in March 2017, and the most recent data below is based on this:
Starting with a very good Overview from Cloina Curley from Cybersafe Ireland:

Just to introduce myself, I'm Cliona Curley, programme director with CyberSafeIreland, which is the Irish children's charity for online safety. Cormac's point about no qualifications being needed is an important one. There are a lot of individuals / businesses now offering their services to schools. Some we have heard great things about, others may be doing more harm than good. Internet safety covers a huge spectrum of different risks and some very sensitive issues - the messaging needs to be right, and it needs to be delivered in an effective and age appropriate way.

There is unfortunately no certification or approval that any provider of these services can get from the Dept of Ed, but my advice for what it's worth would be the following:
  • check out the credentials of the people involved. Knowledge of IT or digital media does not automatically make you an expert in online safety. Do they have access to expertise in online child protection, behavioural change, cyberbullying etc? Do they have good testimonials from other schools on their website?
  • make sure that the trainer feeds back to parents what apps and games that the kids are using and the risks associated with these and tailors the parents talk around this. It's also really important that the emphasis in parents talks is less on simply terrifying them and more on empowering them to do something about it.
  • make sure that any talks are classroom based and not "talking at" large numbers of kids in a hall. Unless kids are actively engaged in the session, it is unlikely to influence how they behave online. It's also really important that this isn't just an annual activity, but that these messages are reinforced often at school (and most importantly at home). The national internet safety website has some great resources for this. We've also got some helpful stuff for schools and parents on our website, including our new short video for parents which schools are welcome to share with parents on their websites or social media.
Sorry for the rather rambling essay but I hope that helps :)


There was some discussion about the Credentials and expertise of "internet safety speakers", concern being expressed, that there was a functional difference between being an IT expert, and being web aware, and being a useful speaker on the topic.
Respondents also felt it was important to distinguish between a talk for parents, a talk for teachers and a talk for students.

More specific details are given below:
Vivian Purcell: "Highly recommend Speakers from Children of a Digital Age."

Fionoa MacMenamin Recomended "in my school, secondary, we've had Dr Maureen Griffin in several times. She is excellent, but in demand.
Here is some details
This year we've also had involvement with"
Eoin form Whizzkids responded:
Hi Laurence,
We do this - give internet safety presentations - but it does cost. I'd be happy to.
These guys also do it: and they are excellent, I think they are based in UCD so I'd say Wicklow would be no problem.
If you are looking for a presentation on a no-fee basis, I know a local primary school got a garda in to talk to the students who was really good, and the fact that he was in uniform added to the drama!
best wishes,
Frank ÓTormaigh responded:

We had John Wills in recently to speak with kids, parents and teachers. Thought he was very good.

Previously on this page I had the following recommended speakers:
Fabulous fellow named Simon Finch doing great things!! On twitter as @simfin Mary
He has a website/blog here:
"I'd recommend Pat Seaver, Head of ICT at Pobalscoil Neasáin"
Peter McCabe recommended pat on the CESI list.
Pat Courney the Anti Bullying Officer from the national SPHE office. He is recommended as having done some excellent training sessions with school staff
Contact details are on this web page:

"We can offer a speaker on this from Barnardos, his name is John Wills and he has been to many schools about this subject."
Imelda Graham of bernardo's
Telephone 01 453 0355
Fax 01 453 0300

Last year as part of a review of our AUP we invited the National
Parents Council to speak If any school is thinking of going down the line of parents training
or an information evening I would recommend this course. More info

Online Resources

Get the evidence: this site from Simon Lewis has an animation showing how to copy and save onscreen evidence of bullying.
With most mobile phones it is also posible to capture the screen. Here are instructions for some of the morepopular models at the moment (Nov. 2012)
iPhone: while holding down the Home button, press the on/off button briefly to take screenshot
iPad: press Home & On/Off buttons at same time
Samsung S2: same as iPhone
Samsung S3: press & hold power & home buttons for 2 seconds
Sony Xperia phones: press power & volume down buttons at same time
HTCs (most models): Hold down power button & press home key to take screenshot
windows 7 and vista have a snipping tool for screen grabs (with a built in annotating capability
office 2010 has on its insert tab a screen clipping button

Childwatch: Amazing presentations.
A blog post with some interesting links

A link to a guide produced with the help of Facebook on developing a social media policy for schools
Test Link for a Facebook free URL Shorter TES resources for teaching about the issues

With thanks to Imogen Bertin from the CESI list.
IADT do a course on cyberpsychology so they would be worth a prompt
(Mark on the CESI list)

"There was a reasonably good video put together a few years ago by WebWise. ( ) That would probably be worth a look.... it would be an 'outside' voice at any rate."
Conor Galvin (CESI List) Having looked at that site there are some good resources there.

The next two videos are for starting a class discusion. they are short and very good.
Consequences -
And a 'Choose what happens Next' about 'sexting':
A 12 point guide to not being a passive supporter of cyberbullying.
Here is an interesting resource that Neil on the CESI list.found on the web:
This has a "toolkit for students". It also has some good video's with case histories for students to watch, and links to resources for system administrators. Some good recourses from a Canadian site. A good set of resources from Falkirk in Scotland
Finally we have a google doc From Tom Kendall
This could form the basis for a very solid acceptable use policy

Another UK based site. Some Good videos here for starting discussions.