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(...)

James Corneille: “I’m excellent at multitasking, which helps when I just do normal teenage things.” Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22

While most 17 year olds are spending their evenings and weekends studying for the Leaving Certificate, James Corneille is hosting brainstorming sessio(...)

Harry McCann (15), founder of Digital Youth Council,  at home in Clane, Co Kildare. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

On many a night at 11pm Eamon Judge wanders into his living room at home in Kinsale, Co Cork, to find his 16-year-old daughter, Ciara, engaged in a(...)

Facebook’s Simon Milner, MEP Seán Kelly MEP, special rapporteur on child protection Geoffrey Shannon and Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The best ways to stop the “disturbing” trend of cyberbullying were discussed at a major conference in Dublin yesterday. The head of global safety out(...)