Child Watch
Digital Age Child Protection since 2008

About Child Watch

Since completing an in-depth review of digital age child protection issues on behalf of Barnardos (Irl) in 2008, we have conducted intensive research into issues that face young people in digital space. Many of these problems are not visible or obvious to internet users and it requires independent and unbiased probing, discovery and assessment of the potential impact on young people.


We have presented (jointly with INTERPOL) to members/staff of the Oireachtas; devised material for staff and students of Tusla (Clonmel); provided workshops for professional investigators, documentary makers, members of the religious congregations, and NAPD (National Association of Principals and Deputies) delegates in 2011 and 2015; and delivered our Teen Safe presentations and demonstrations series to over 82,000 students, parents and schools staff.


Our evidence has featured directly in RTE Prime Time (2010) and Investigations Unit (2014) documentaries; formed the basis of modules for BBC and Channel 4 researchers investigating online threats to young people; been used by lawyers researching content for civil and criminal cases in the UK and Ireland.

Talks for Schools : Teen Safe

We passionately believe that "Teen Safe" is what internet safety and reputation presentations should be like. They are the type of event that (if we were students) we would want to go to. A mix of explanation and demonstration, we want to light up the venue with explanation and technology which is what the wonderment of being online is all about.
Eight years in the making, we have completely rewritten our Second Level presentation for 2016/17 season based on feedback from students and staff alike. A combined narrative and practical demonstration of key concepts using commercially licensed software that brings a sense of reality to those attending.
We are also making presentations to primary schools using the same approach, but with age sensitivity a primary consideration.

With a unique mix of live demonstrations of software and techniques along with supporting presentation material, our aim is to bring the reality of digital space to those attending so that they can make good decisions when they are online.

We do our homework (usually about 2 hours) on the evening before arriving at a school and prepare material that is locally relevant to the students and ensure that nothing untoward creeps into our live demonstrations.

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Talks for Schools :   Learn To Search

Learn To Search shows students how to search for things online.  It is the most powerful internet related presentation offered in secondary schools anywhere today.
Learning to read is a vital component in any persons progression through life and education. Learning to search for data online is the digital equivalent and opens a door to the power of data research on the internet.

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Talks for Schools Discounts

We offer discounts to schools for:

WEB FORM bookings - 5% saving
EARLY BIRD bookings made before end of Sept 2016 - 10% saving

A school can save up to 15% on full day or full day and evening bookings

Please visit our calendar and costs page for more details

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Our Live Demonstrations

Students and staff attending our presentations will attest to their surprise at the material and technology that we demonstrate live. This includes WiFi vulnerabilities - image manipulation - geo-location - software used for digital footprint analysis - and more. We show how different aspects of online research including social networking are brought together to create an online profile. The purpose of these demo's is to bring a realisation that eSafety and Digital Footprinting are not theoretical concepts, and it is that realisation that drives the message home to all attending.

Professional Services

We have carried out investigations for private individuals, schools and businesses; research for media organisations; social media and personal image monitoring; and digital footprint analysis for private clients.
We regularly contribute to radio and television programmes offering analysis (particularly in the area of personal & social media image misuse and online child abuse material).
We offer generous discounting for existing schools clients seeking our professional services.

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For more information....

If you are interested in receiving information about schools presentations bookings then go to this page to see an up to date calendar and a booking information form.
If you wish to contact us about a matter other than schools talks then please fill out the form below and we will get back to you within one working day.

Alternatively you can call to our voicemail facility at +353 1 8116530 and we will return your call within one working day.

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