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# Internet Safety

All time
Opinion: Let's call 'revenge porn' what it really is - sexual abuse
Legal expert Róisín Á Costello discusses the recent sharing of images of thousands of women online without consent and says it’s now time to right the legal wrongs in this area.
# online safety act
New law to crack down on cyberbullying and material that promotes self-harm
Minister for Communications Richard Bruton is proposing the establishment of an Online Safety Commissioner.
Opinion: Is allowing children unrestricted internet access a child protection issue?
Would you be happy for your six-year-old to have unlimited, unsupervised access to a firearm – perhaps if it had been modified to only shoot lighter loads? asks Shane Dunphy.
# dubious calls
Public warned of scam call claiming that their 'internet is compromised'
A number of people have recently received dubious calls offering to fix their connection.
Three steps parents can take to protect their children online
The more you make conversation about the internet the norm, the more insight you will get into your child’s online world, writes Ger Brick.
# be in ctrl
With 'vulnerable' children contacting strangers, government launches 'internet safety resource' for schools
Most children aged between 8 and 13 own a smartphone.
# Smartphones
Varadkar says children need to be protected from predators online
The digital age of consent in Ireland is 13.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you worry about your online privacy?
Facebook is set to publish educational videos to help people better manage their privacy settings.
# Internet Safety
Denis Naughten says banning children from the internet 'isn't practical'
The government is moving towards appointing a Digital Safety Commissioner.
# Child Safety
Do you know how to protect your child on social media apps?
Concerns over children’s safety online were raised this week following Snapchat’s latest update.
# Child Safety
Warning for Irish parents over Snapchat update that shows users' exact locations
Snapchat has introduced a map feature that allows users to track other people’s location.
# Online Safety
TD warns mobile phones give children access to 'unlimited pornography of every type'
A new bill could make it illegal for parents to allow their children born after 2015 to own a portable device.
# Cyber Safety
5% of children are in everyday contact with a stranger online
There are calls for parents, educators and the government needed to be doing more to promote a safe internet environment.
10 things to do to make sure your child won't be cyberbullied
You wouldn’t allow a young child to go to an unsupervised disco or house party. Think of your child’s online presence in similar terms.
# Exposure
Pornography is no longer the biggest online worry for parents
A new survey has found that three in ten parents don’t monitor their children’s online activities.
# Kid mode
YouTube rumoured to be working on kids' version of site
The popular video-streaming site is said to be working on a version of its site for children aged ten and younger.
# Labour conference
Brendan Howlin: ‘The most resistant group I have come across are the most privileged’
The Labour conference has heard from senior ministers hitting out a the opposition parties, “obnoxious” trickle-down economics and the problem of cyberbullying.
Column: We need a better (not just a safer) internet for kids
Children need to be taught about online safety – but we must also develop internet content specifically for children to give them opportunities to use the internet in creative and innovative ways, writes Simon Grehan.
# Lesson Learned
Teacher demonstrates to class how pictures spread on the internet, goes viral
It’s safe to say she proved her point.
# social experiment
Gary Glitter Twitter account revealed to be a fake
The account, which had purported to be promoting an upcoming tour from the disgraced former pop star, was revealed to be a ‘social experiment’ aimed at highlighting internet safety.
# Online Safety
EU 'falling short' in warning kids about dangers of social networking
An EU report says the average child starts using the internet at 7 – and that kids need educating on the dangers of networking.
# YouTube
Death threats after dad freaks out over ‘internet haters’
11-year-old YouTube star previously told people who didn’t like her to “get AIDS and die”.