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# Online Safety

Last month
October 2023
Ireland's new media regulator explains how his team will tackle the most harmful online content
Coimisúin na Meán intervened to demand the removal of an extremely violent video from social media last week.
This year
TikTok fined €345 million by Ireland's data watchdog over processing of children’s data
Tiktok said that it “respectfully disagreed” with the level of the fine imposed and said it related to features and settings in place three years ago.
One in four primary school children report being cyber-bullied in the past year
Over a quarter (26%) of the 5,000 children surveyed had seen or experienced something online in the last year that “bothered” them.
Coimisiún na Meán: Ireland's new watchdog on using 'teeth' to take on social media giants
Coimisiún na Meán published its obligations for the next nine months in a work programme today.
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
'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.
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.
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.
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 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
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 survey launched to develop platform rules for world leaders
The announcement was made by the Twitter Safety Team in a blog post.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
Poll: Do you worry about your online privacy?
Facebook is set to publish educational videos to help people better manage their privacy settings.
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.
Poll: Do online trolls put you off using social media?
The company has unveiled a number of new safety measures following complaints.
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.
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.
BBC's website went down and an old childhood nemesis freaked everyone out
That old test card made a terrifying reappearance.
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.
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.
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.
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.