Tuesday 25 July 2017

'Parents not clued in on the internet's risks,' warn teens

Jane Hayes-Nally (16) from Cork spoke at the launch of Safer Internet Day 2017. Photo: Andres Poveda
Jane Hayes-Nally (16) from Cork spoke at the launch of Safer Internet Day 2017. Photo: Andres Poveda
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The President of the Irish Second-Level Students' Union (ISSU) says parents aren't "clued in" to online dangers.

Jane Hayes-Nally (16) from Cork, pictured below, spoke at the launch of Safer Internet Day 2017 yesterday. The initiative aims to educate children and parents about internet security.

"The biggest concerns that we see through our consultations and national and regional events are things like sexual exploitation online, revenge porn and nude trading," Jane said.

Maclean Burke, who plays Damien Halpin in 'Fair City', was part of a panel discussion in which he discussed his fears for his children's safety when using the internet. He admitted he was "way behind" in relation to internet security.

"I think we can learn from children in these conversations in order to find a safe passage through these issues," he said.

The event was held in Facebook's HQ in Dublin, and funded by the EU's Connecting Europe Facility and the Department of Education. The Head of Public Policy in Facebook, Niamh Sweeney, said revenge porn or online bullying should be reported immediately, and that their help centre explains how.

Irish Independent

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