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The Parenting Place and Netsafe

The Parenting Place

The Parenting Place began in 1993 with founders Ian and Mary Grant’s dream to inspire and encourage New Zealand families. The organisation aims to enhance the lives of families and young people through a range of targeted parenting services – like parenting courses, workshops, community-wide events, programmes for Māori and Pasifika, and individual coaching. The Parenting Place provides strategies to help with the many challenges of parenting, equipping parents and caregivers to build strong healthy families.

Many parents have concerns about the role technology plays in the lives of their children, so it’s a topic The Parenting Place covers in its courses and resources. Is there a secret to parenting in a digital age? The Parenting Place believes it’s about the relationship parents have with their kids. It’s important to understand technology, but it’s also important that young people value the relationship they have with their parents. To be successful, that relationship needs to be built on a foundation of love, communication, boundaries, and fun.


Dave Atkinson

Dave has worked for the Parenting Place since 2006 and oversees their creative and programme development. He has developed several programmes and resources on cyber safety now used in over 500 schools across New Zealand.

As a presenter, Dave has delivered presentations to over 200,000 school students, and at numerous events involving young people and their parents throughout New Zealand.

Dave’s Attitude presentations have targeted some hard-hitting topics including relationships, rejection and bullying, drugs and alcohol, addiction, sex, grief, depression and youth suicide. He has gained a deep understanding of youth culture and has a real passion for young people’s emotional wellbeing.


NetSafe is an independent non-profit organisation that promotes confident, safe, and responsible use of online technologies in New Zealand. Their focus is on educating and supporting individuals, organisations, and industry on cybersafety and digital citizenship issues.

NetSafe represents a range of perspectives in a multi-stakeholder partnership which includes government, education, law, industry, community, parents and caregivers, and children and young people.

They work across a range of issues including cyberbullying, computer security, education resources, consumer protection, and policy development in New Zealand and the wider Pacific.


Sean Lyons

Sean is the Chief Technology Officer at NetSafe. Sean has worked in the IT sector since 1993, and was also a secondary school teacher, teaching Science and IT. He has been at NetSafe since 2007, with areas of interest including digital citizenship, instructional design, social marketing, and user interface design.

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