Harry McCann: ‘A Post-Leaving Cert course would give me the chance to work part-time and learn too.’

Once a fall-back option, Post-Leaving Cert (PLC) courses are now a first choice for students of all ages. What prompted this change in attitude? For (...)

Harry McCann:  “I went to Ballyfermot College of Further Education where I studied broadcast presentation skills for a year.” Photograph: Patrick Browne

Harry McCann was just 15 years old when he set up the Digital Youth Council (DYC), which aimed to give a voice to young people involved in technology (...)

Alicia O’Sullivan felt ‘nobody was sure’ how to handle the complaint. Photograph: Andy Gibson

'There seems to be a targeting of young women to try and sell whatever they’re trying to sell': after her identity was stolen by the porn industry,(...)

Society seems to be clinging on to very rigid, archaic notions of masculinity, in which boys don’t cry and love rough and tumble and play sport. Photograph: iStock

I sometimes feel like my house is a laboratory for gender studies. I have a daughter of 14, and a son of 13. I also have a daughter of six, but she ha(...)

Newbridge College, Kildare, is phasing in a total ban on smartphones for first and second year students. The success of the measure will be evaluated at a later date.  Senior students Meabh Breen and Rob Scully (foreground), with first years Kallie Walsh and Eanna Sherlock in the background. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It’s the big switch-off. Last month, France’s education ministry introduced a smartphone ban after lawmakers passed what they called a “detox” law for(...)

Harry McCann, founder of the Digital Youth Forum, says  younger children will continue to go online even if a ban is implemented. Photograph: Alan Betson

Raising the digital age of consent to 16 years will only “push the problem under the carpet” and leave younger children at greater risk of online expl(...)

The app allows users to view anonymous, and often insulting, messages left about them by typing in their name. Photograph: Thinkstock

SimSimi, an anonymous chat app linked to cyberbullying, has temporarily removed access to users in the Republic. The move follows a wave of criticism(...)

One Dublin  school told parents the app allows individual children to be targeted easily. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

School principals are warning parents about an anonymous chat app linked to cyberbullying which is sweeping Irish classrooms. Several schools have sen(...)

Leaving Cert student  Carla Warde, from Foxford, Co Mayo and fifth-year pupil Ciaran Flanagan, from Claremorris, Co Mayo, who enjoy coding and have received awards for their coding projects. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

“If you don’t understand how what you are using is built and what’s behind it, it’s the difference between technology controlling us and us controllin(...)

 Niall Kehoe:  an unsolicited email the programmer sent to Salesforce chief executive and founder Marc Benioff  had a positive result. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Niall Kehoe looks and sounds like an average 13-year-old boy. But he is also one of the youngest iOS app creators in Ireland, joining a growing number(...)

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