A parents’s guide to esports, mental health & wellbeing #techweek2019

A parents’s guide to esports, mental health & wellbeing #techweek2019

Digital Natives Academy (DNA), a Rotorua based non-profit has teamed up with Riot Games, one of the largest gaming companies in the world to launch an innovative well-being and esports education programme.

Techweek 2019

To celebrate this partnership, and help put some shizzle into Techweek 2019, Digital Natives Academy and Riot Games will co-deliver 3 types of workshops (for teachers, parents & students). Alongside the workshops, we are running a competitive esports tournament with a $10k prize pool.

Parent Workshop Overview

Riot Games, the creators of League of Legends  – which has more than 100 million active players a month, has partnered with DNA.

Together they have co-designed a programme using League of Legends which introduces teachers, parents, families and young people to esports and the concept of high performance mindsets and helps young people understand the impact of positive behaviour on overall well-being. Together they will deliver key messages on mental health, respectful relationships, sportsmanship and resilience via a series of innovative workshops.

Who is this workshop for?

  • Whanau, parents, caregivers, kaumatua, aunties, uncles, anyone who cares for children who game (or want to game) and want to understand how to better guide and support their children in these online spaces.

Guest Speakers

Ivan Davies | Riot Games

Riot Games’ Social Play and Community Manager, Ivan Davies will be flying in from their Sydney HQ to share his insights as a former teacher and lead on the new Learn with League initiative, which has been designed to help young people, parents, and teachers explore how League of Legends can provide a structure to collaboratively learn and prepare for life.

Andy “Cupcake” van der Vyver | Chiefs Esports Club

Andy “Cupcake” van der Vyver is a professional esports player and coach.  Before playing esports professionally Andy was in the US on a tennis scholarship.  Andy went on to compete at the highest levels of esports and has represented OCE internationally. He now coaches for the Chiefs Esports Club. Andy will share his personal and professional experiences working as a player and coach and discuss the similarities and differences between sports and esports.


To provide greater insight into norms of online competitive play and how this can be used to connect with and support a young person who’s passionate about video games.

Interactive Discussion

  • Discuss online challenges, possible outcomes and the role of a parent
  • Explain online competitive play through the lens of League of Legends
  • Discuss can parents best support their child’s digital journey?
  • Link learnings to appropriate online interaction and a healthy and balanced lifestyle

These workshops will require participation in a range of activities that require light physical activity so please dress accordingly (flat soled shoes, comfortable and flexible clothing etc).

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