A Parent's Guide to Gaming, Esports, Mental Health & Wellbeing

Explore competitive gaming as a way to foster your child’s holistic development, mental health
and wellbeing.

What's it all about?

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.

Together they have co-designed a programme using League of Legends which introduces 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.Hapu and marae that are wishing to help shape and guide their mokopuna.


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 Visit to esports tournament.

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Destiny Hall, 1132 Tutanekai St, Rotorua

Monday 20 May
6:00pm - 7:30pm

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Ivan Davies

Social Play and Community Manager

Ivan will be flying in from Sydney 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.

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Andy “Cupcake” van der Vyver

Esports coach (Chiefs Esports Club)

Andy is a professional esports player and coach and has played at the highest levels in the Oceania region. Andy also trained to be a professional tennis player in the US on a Tennis scholarship. He came back to NZ to play esports professionally and now coaches one of the top teams in Australia.

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