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Saturday 3 June 2023 Dublin: 17°C

# Online Safety

This year
# Online Safety
30% of children told they can go online 'whenever they want', survey finds
One school who spoke to the charity had an incident where an older child sent sexual images into a snapchat group with younger kids in it.
Last year
# crackdown
'Cyber-flashing' to be tackled under new online safety legislation
Cyber-flashing is when someone sends an unsolicited sexual image to another device without their consent.
# Online Safety
Complaints system for social media content to be set up by 2024
Tech companies would be ‘bound’ to sign up to the online safety codes once they are drafted.
# Online Safety
Expert panel to examine an individual complaints system for harmful online content established
It follows the publication of the new Online Safety and Media Regulation bill earlier this month.
# Online Safety
Minister says Online Safety Bill has 'real teeth' but campaigners highlight lack of complaints procedure
An Online Safety Commissioner is set to be recruited to enforce the new regulations.
# Cabinet
Cabinet expected to sign off on scrapping of isolation for close contacts with no symptoms
Minister Catherine Martin will also bring a memo seeking to publish the Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill.
All time
# Survey
Over a third of pre-teens are gaming online with people they don't know
It represents a 16% increase on the previous year’s figure.
# Twitter
Twitter survey launched to develop platform rules for world leaders
The announcement was made by the Twitter Safety Team in a blog post.
# Online Safety
Management in tech firms based in Ireland could face prosecution if harmful content is not removed
A new bill will target online sites which feature criminal content, cyber-bullying, self-harm or suicide.
Dr Mary Aiken: As Ireland is a hub for tech companies, we should be leading the way on online safety
Ireland is falling way behind our neighbours in the UK when it comes to child internet safety
# online safety act
Internet companies who break online safety rules could be blocked in Ireland under new law
The proposed online safety legislation is being launched by the Government today.
# Online Safety
Gardaí concerned about children who 'live online but don't realise the dangers'
The head of the garda cyber crime bureau says under-reporting is a “huge problem” particularly in cases where the victim has been personally compromised.
# porn block
Government officials clashed over roles on regulating children's access to porn after Ana Kriegel trial
Two departments claimed they weren’t responsible for monitoring the issue.
# Your Say
Poll: Should children be taught online safety as part of the curriculum in primary school?
Children between the ages of eight and 13 years old are using apps like Snapchat and WhatsApp to speak to people.
# Online Safety
Concerns raised over BAI's proposal to police harmful content online
The BAI has proposed that it be given the power to regulate harmful online content on social media platforms.
# Child Protection
Tánaiste says stricter online safety rules are needed: 'The days of self-regulation are over'
Calls for an online safety Oireachtas committee were heard in the Dáil today.
# age verification
Minister says 'porn block' law needs to be considered, but says privacy issues also a concern
Credit card details could be used to verify a person is over 18 under the new UK rules.
# Online Safety
Is it an internet hoax? 'No reports' of Momo challenge to authorities
CyberSafeIreland said that it has been “inundated” by enquiries about Momo – mainly from the media.
# Online Safety
Minister raises age verification issues with Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg
A recent study found that over half of nine year olds are on social media despite age restrictions.
# Cyber Safety
32% of Irish children are talking to strangers online every week
Over half of nine year olds are on social media despite age restrictions, a new survey has found.
# Online Safety
Taoiseach 'appalled' that comment referring to 'knacker children' not removed by Facebook
The Taoiseach made the comment as he launched the government’s new online safety strategy, which will see Facebook and Google on an advisory panel.
# a safe space
Kids call Childline upset after playing over-18s video games with family members
There is also concern about children talking to strangers online when they play these games.
# Your Say
Poll: Will you change your behaviour online because of the Cambridge Analytica scandal?
It has been reported in recent days that Cambridge Analytica allegedly collected information from 50 million Facebook users.
# Smart Phones
'It's almost like parents are blaming the platform itself': Teenagers have been educating TDs on online safety
Eight young people from Kildare, Wicklow and Clare spoke to politicians today.
# 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.
# 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.
# Your Say
Poll: Do online trolls put you off using social media?
The company has unveiled a number of new safety measures following complaints.
# tweet nothings
Twitter to clamp down on trolls as new safety features unveiled
Twitter bosses said they will not tolerate the abuse of its users by nameless accounts.
Children online: 'Is 13 the appropriate age for digital consent?'
The increase in technology being given at Christmas means it’s important to ensure the Internet is a safe place for kids, writes Avril Ronan.
# stay safe
Facebook launches advice site with tips on how to keep children safe online
The social media platform said it was responding to huge demand from parents.
# creepy clown
BBC's website went down and an old childhood nemesis freaked everyone out
That old test card made a terrifying reappearance.
# Online Safety
Here's how you can make your internet experience that little bit safer
As it’s Safer Internet Day it’s worth brushing up on the different factors to keep your info safe.
# Scam
Revenue scam warning: Here's what fraudulent tax websites can look like
Scam sites copy details from authentic websites in an attempt to con unsuspecting users out of important personal information.
# New Rules
Primary school kids MUST be taught the dangers of cyber-bullying, Govt advised
However, the Government body set up to advise the Cabinet on the issue says that criminalising minors for cyber-bullying offences is NOT the way forward.
# Child Abuse
Seven cases of child porn were traced to Irish servers last year
That is the highest number in a single year.
Column: 10 guiding principles for being a 'good Christian' online
Archbishop Eamon Martin has shared his thoughts on how to have a sense of humour and “be missionary” online.
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.
# Web Security
Criminals “have all details needed to use credit cards”
8,000 customers who booked weekend breaks through the insurance firm may have had their credit card details accessed.
# Online Safety
Irish girl (17) 'forced into stripping on Skype' by US computer hacker
The girl was allegedly forced into stripping by California’s Jared James Abrahams who has been charged with hacking into the webcams of several women.
# Facebook
Facebook considers allowing access to children under 13
The social networking giant may soon allow children aged under 13 to set up accounts with parental supervision – but why?