Sunday 9 December 2018

Internet child safety measures required - senator

Fianna Fáil's Donabate-based, Seanad Spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs, Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee has said that Ireland needs to identify and introduce additional measures to safeguard children's internet activity and to counter the threat that very clearly exists online.

Fianna Fáil elected representatives have agreed to establish a Special Working Group on Child Internet Safety which will be focused on implementing and building on the recommendations of the Internet Content Governance Advisory Group which were identified in 2014.

The Fingal-based senator said: 'The increased prevalence of social media, smartphones, and almost constant internet access, has meant that much of the guidelines set out are now out-dated and impractical. There is currently no central body tasked with forging policies and responding to issues relating to children and their use of the internet and social media. This is a growing threat that has been for the most part ignored by Government.

Social media companies need to be held to account on its safeguards in place to protect children and their mental health. It is essential that Parliament will do whatever is necessary to ensure such safety. The Fianna Fáil parliamentary party will be using its influence in the Oireachtas to drive change and increase the protections offered to our children.'

Senator Clifford Lee concluded the issue 'requires urgent and dedicated focus'.

Fingal Independent