Editorial: Protecting children from online risks
Published 04/09/2014 | 02:30
An EU 'Kids Online' report out this week highlights the benefits of the internet, alongside the need to ensure a safe environment for those using it.
The report - authored by Dr Brian O'Neill of Dublin Institute of Technology and the Government's Internet Content Governance Advisory Group - noted that with greater levels of access to and use of social networking services, mobile apps and content-sharing platforms, there has been an upward trend in the risks to users, including hate messages, porn and cyberbullying.
Not only have the risks increased, but so have the numbers of children reporting harm, especially girls and older teens. Substantial minorities still lack basic skills in keeping safe online. Sexting or sex-texting - the sending of sexually explicit images or videos via digital means - is among those dangers.