Friday 2 December 2016

Editorial: Protecting children from online risks

Published 04/09/2014 | 02:30

Understand your child’s device and what, when and how they can access the internet.
Understand your child’s device and what, when and how they can access the internet.

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.

  • Go To

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.

Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Read More

Don't Miss

Editor's Choice