A greater emphasis on digital literacy at school-level and changes in legislation have been recommended to combat online abuse and cyberbullying.

The Internet Content Governance Advisory Group was asked to examine ways of preventing online bullying and harassment and the accessing of age inappropriate content.

Dr Brian O'Neill of Dublin Institute of Technology said the group stopped short of recommending the British model of parental control over internet access.

He said there was already a high level of filtering products in the Irish market and they wanted to give this market every opportunity to develop.

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte said certain election candidates had been "selectively targeted" for online anonymous abuse during the recent elections.

He said certain Cabinet colleagues had expressed the view that the source of the comments be identified.