The portal is designed to help parents and carers learn about how they can support children and young people to have safe, positive experiences online.
The Hub will host videos, articles and tips on digital literacy and online risks as well as security, privacy and cyberbullying.
Parents and carers will also be able to check in and see how they are doing when it comes to young people’s online safety by taking the ISPCC’s ‘Digital Ready Check’.
Clinical psychologist Dr David Coleman, cyberpsychology lecturer Dr Nicola Fox Hamilton, Newstalk technology correspondent Jess Kelly and primary school principal Iseult Mangan are among the contributors sharing insights and knowledge across all aspects of children and young people’s online safety on the Digital Ready Hub, which is available at ispcc.ie/ispcc-digital-ready-hub/.
Vodafone Ireland ISPCC Childline saw a 14% increase in online live chat contacts via Childline.ie in the first year of the pandemic, which greatly impacted children and young people’s lives.
Many of those in contact with Childline are experiencing mental health difficulties, impacted by tensions at home, experiencing isolation, missing their activities, extended family members and other supports in their lives.
‘We are delighted to be announcing the launch of the comprehensive Digital Ready Hub, which has been made possible with thanks to the generous support of the Vodafone Ireland Foundation,’ ISPCC Childline CEO John Church said.
‘With life being increasingly lived online, it is important that parents and carers know the pivotal role they can play in this area.’
Vodafone Ireland Foundation head Liza Roche added: ‘Vodafone Ireland is delighted to partner with the ISPCC to launch the new Digital Ready Hub.
‘The digital landscape is constantly changing so a resource like the Digital Ready Hub is an important way of educating parents and carers by offering information and advice they can trust when it comes to navigating the online world.
‘Giving parents and carers access to the Digital Ready Hub will allow them to become equipped with the skills needed to navigate the digital future for their families.’