Wednesday 18 July 2018

State response to online dangers for children has been pitiful

Despite the increase in cyber-bullying and internet paedophiles, the Government refuses to take on the tech giants, writes Philip Ryan

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Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Tomorrow morning children up and down the country will awaken to new laptops, tablets and smartphones. They will have nagged and pleaded for the devices for some weeks, if not months, until their parents relented.

They will have whined and moaned that all their friends in school have phones and profiles on the latest social media application du jour. Parents have read all the horror stories about online bullying and the unrealistic body image pressures which stem from social media.

They will do their best to make sure their kids are educated on the dangers of the internet and social media. They will pray to God that their loved ones are not targeted by online predators like former RTE producer Kieran Creaven, who stalk social media for vulnerable and unwitting victims. But in reality, all parents can do is hope and pray their kids are not adversely affected or targeted once they log on to the internet.

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