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Internet Safety needs cooperation across departments and jurisdictions – Sue Ramsey

5 February, 2013 - by Sue Ramsey

Sinn Féin MLA Sue Ramsey speaking in the Assembly today on Internet Safety Day said the whole issue of internet safety requires co-operation between all departments and jurisdictions.

The West Belfast MLA and Chair of the Assembly’s Health Committee said:

“Given the dangers which the internet can potentially pose to children and young people and the fact that technology is constantly changing, this is an issue that needs to be addressed.

“An area of risk associated with the internet is that of suicide and self-harm with studies suggesting that certain internet sites can influence the occurrence of suicide, through a copy-cat effect or the glamorisation of suicide through tribute sites.

“Parents have a role to play in making sure their children are aware of the dangers of the internet, which include cyber bullying, accessing pornographic and violent sites and being lured into exploitative relationships by adults posing as other young people.

“It is clear that internet safety for children and young people is a wide-ranging and complex area of work and it requires co-operation between all departments and jurisdictions.” 

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