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.

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.

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