A report considering the area of online content and its impact on the lives of children and young people has been received by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.

The report by the Internet Content Governance Advisory Group, headed by DIT academic Dr Brian O'Neill, is currently being considered by Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte.

The specialist working group set up by the minister includes experts in the fields of child safety and online behaviour as well as technical and industry professionals.

The ICGAG was established to consider emerging issues from the dramatic growth in internet use over the past decade; particularly since the advent of affordable internet-connected mobile devices.

A spokesperson for the department has said the report is expected to go before Cabinet "within the next few weeks".