The Government has launched a new online safety plan.
The Action Plan for Online Safety includes the establishment of a national advisory council on online safety and a national communications campaign.
Legislation for new criminal offences is also promised.
Taoiseach and other Ministers at launch of government’s Action Plan on Online Safety pic.twitter.com/zshs2YjLUg— Sandra Hurley (@sandra_hurley) July 11, 2018
The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) has said that while it welcomes the plan and has been calling for it for a long time, it is concerned about self-regulation of internet companies and the delay in appointing a digital safety commissioner.
The ISPCC said the plan has a series of commitments by Government to make children safer online.
These include a single online access point for online safety information and resources; development of training modules for schools along with enhanced curriculum at both primary and secondary level; law reform to include statutory child safeguarding statements having to specifically account for online safety; commitment to work with European Union and international partners on online safety policy and the establishment of the national advisory council.