Who Are We
Cybersmarties was founded in 2015 by CEO Diarmuid Hudner and is based in County Limerick, Ireland and soon grew into a multicultural and multi-talented team bringing Cybersmarties to other countries across the world. Cybersmarties purpose is to introduce primary school children to the world of social media in a protected safe environment so that they learn the key skills in how to interact with others in a positive manner before they start using adult social networks. Cybersmarties New Zealand is the latest member of the Cybersmarties family, led by former All Blacks legend Doug Howlett whose mission is to protect and educate children in New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region.
As parents we have learned life lessons. We know that life can sometimes be cruel, unfair and unreasonable. We like to instil positive life skills in children which will provide them with the coping mechanisms to deal with life as well as have a positive outlook and be happy. Every day, 7 days a week, each child is sent positive messages and videos to boost self-esteem and confidence. We provide videos on meditation (proven in UK schools to help calm children and help them concentrate), nutrition, physical education, learn how to code to help logic and reasoning skills and so much more. Of course we also have Claire Bot who checks in on each child every day to ask them how their day is going and provides useful videos on how to deal with particular issues such as anxiety. Cybersmarties encourages continuous positivity in a locked down safe space to allow kids to be kids.
OFFICIAL AN GARDA SÍOCHÁNA ENDORSEMENT FOR SAFETY
Cybersmarties is the first company in Ireland to be awarded The An Garda Siochána (Irish National Police Force) Patent for Safety. Following over two years of working together, Cybersmarties are working with the Garda National Protective Services Bureau on this initiative to combat the dangers of cyberbullying in a practical manner and promote positive mental health among Irish primary school children.
UNICEF/Global Partnership To End Violence Against Children
We are proud to announce we are officially a member of the UNICEF/ Global Partnership to End Violence against Children! Every year, 1+ billion children suffer violence in diverse forms: physical, psychological, sexual, and cyber-bullying. Children with hopes, dreams, and the potential to change the world. Cybersmarties are committed to contributing to the partnership in our capacity to protect children online and provide a safe haven for children to communicate together, learn and most importantly just be children.
Why Cybersmarties ?
Our Commitment to Children
We are committed to developing technology which educates positive behaviour on a practical, safe platform for Primary School children, to ensure that all can learn safe, fun and positive social networking skills which promote self-confidence, self-esteem and eliminate cyber-bullying. The Core Values that guide us are collaboration, excellence and creativity.
No other social network for children is as safe as Cybersmarties. That’s a big statement buts its true. Our statistics stand for themselves as well as our international awards for digital safety and innovation. It is our intention that all children on Cybersmarties will use social media in an entirely positive way as they mature into teenagers and adults and what a great society we would have if cyber-bullying was no longer a factor in so many people’s lives. The An Garda Siochána patent for Safety is a testament to the safety features we have implemented to ensure children are kept safe online”.
Founder & CEO
Chief Technology Officer
Business Operations Manager
Business Development Head (India)
Social Media Manager
Global Head of Child Protection Policy
Declan Daly is a retired Senior Police Leader who held the rank of
Detective Chief Superintendent in An Garda Siochána (Irish National Police Force).
Having served for thirty two years Declan was the National Police Lead
in Ireland with responsibility for policing, Child Abuse, Sexual
Crime, Human Trafficking, Organised Prostitution, Domestic Abuse and
the management of sex offenders. He was the appointed Child Protection
Officer for An Garda Siochána, representing An Garda Siochána on many
child abuse prevention forums both State and Non-State. Declan was a
co-author of Children First, the National Guidance for Child Welfare
Protection in Ireland.
Declan is well known nationally and internationally for his victim friendly approach and for promoting a multi-agency approach to policing for vulnerable victims. He was a member of the FBI led, Violent Crimes Against Children International Task Force - 2013 to 2021 and has overseen many international investigations involving online child abuse. Declan has a Bachelor's Degree in law and recently completed a Human Rights in Policing course in the University of Limerick.