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Naming of Armagh youths highlights Internet dangers

20 July, 2007

Sinn Féin Newry and Armagh MP Conor Murphy said that he shared the huge concerns of many local people after materials relating to suicide and the naming of young people in the Armagh area were published on the internet.

Mr Murphy said:

"The whole issue of Internet dangers and abuse needs to be tackled in a more focused way.

"Internet access and the use of new technologies such as mobile phones across Ireland and the EU continues to grow at a rapid rate. The opportunities, which accompany the proliferation of these technologies, in education and business particularly, must be welcomed.

"However there are also clearly dangers associated with the use of these technologies to transmit unwanted and indeed illegal material. Clearly those at most risk to this are our young people. Promoting awareness and understanding of the law is important in dealing with these issues. So too is developing greater filtering technology." ENDS

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