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Momentum building for Digital Safety Commissioner – Ó Laoghaire

10 September, 2018 - by Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD has this morning pointed to the latest report by CyberSafe Ireland which recommends the establishment of a Digital Safety Commissioner as being another body calling for it to be set up, and that both momentum and a consensus was being built amongst experts in the area of online safety.

Teachta Ó Laoghaire’s Digital Safety Commissioner Bill has passed Second Stage in the Dáil and is set to come before the Communications Committee next month.

Teachta Ó Laoghaire stated;

“This morning’s report backs calls from experts in online safety, and those who are interested in protecting children online. The report recommends the establishment of a Digital Safety Commission.

“The research which was carried out by CyberSafe Ireland engaged 13,000 young people, and some concerning statistics emerged from it.

“For example, the report highlighted that 70% of 8 to 13 year olds are using social media, and that 32% of children are talking to strangers online every week, which I know would surprise, and greatly concern many parents.

“Online safety is I believe the key children’s safety issue of our times and legislators need to act. I want to commend all those involved in the compilation of this report.

“I acknowledge that the Digital Safety Commission is not a panacea in terms of solving all the issues faced particularly by children who use social media, but it would be a significant statement, and a significant development. 

“Momentum is building around the need for a Digital Safety Commissioner, and I hope all TDs who have expressed concern about child safety online in the past will contribute positively to see this Bill is progressed, and that the office is established in the coming months.” 

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