Monday 26 September 2016

We need safety model similar to UK's

Published 12/04/2015 | 02:30

Prof Julia Davidson
Prof Julia Davidson

Cyber experts say adopting an internet safety model similar to the UK would help protect our children's mental health while surfing the internet.

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Unlike the Irish Government, where the issue falls between a number of different departments, the UK manages operations through a central cross sector hub.

Professor Julia Davidson of the Centre for Abuse and Trauma studies at the School of Law, Middlesex University, said: "In the UK we have a central co-ordinating entity - the UK Council for Child Internet Safety - which provides a very useful forum for information exchange between a range of stakeholders, including industry, police, government, academia and NGOs and guides policy and practice in the UK regarding child safety and welfare online".

Cyber-crime experts, including Professor Mary Aiken, believe this approach would help Ireland "take the lead and not lag behind our European counterparts".

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