Children feel fear and isolation when  something they do online goes horribly wrong, says chief executive of the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, John Church. Photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton has sought “urgent” legal advice from the Attorney General on a range of issues raised by a Bill proposing (...)

The post appeared on Facebook after a  wave of vandalism hit people’s vehicles and property in the city of Flin Flon. Photograph: Getty

What happened with Facebook this week? Where do you start? This week saw the airing of an episode of the Channel 4 programme Dispatches that offered (...)

Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Silicon Valley, California.  Facebook has confirmed it plans to create hundreds of new jobs in Ireland next year. Photograph: Facebook

Forensic cyberpsychologist Dr Mary Aiken says the Government should consider asking Facebook to leave Ireland if it does not take measures to control (...)

“We need to hear a response from Facebook and an explanation from them as to why they haven’t upheld their own standards,” Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says. Photograph:  Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

The Government is willing to consider introducing significant fines for online companies such as Facebook that fail to “uphold basic standards of dece(...)

Facebook has been criticised for the way content moderators based in Dublin approached offensive and violent material.  Photograph: Reuters

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten has expressed concern about serious shortcoming in Facebook’s approach to violent and abusive material on i(...)

John Church: previously of Age Action and Arthritis Ireland

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) has appointed John Church as chief executive of the charity. Grainia Long left th(...)

 Grainia Long, chief executive, ISPCC at the launch of the ISPCC annual report in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The number of children using the internet and text messages to access Childline’s services increased by a third last year. Childline said it answere(...)

Dr Mairead Foody of Dublin City University  said taking devices off children was ‘knee-jerk’ reaction. Photograph: iStock

Bans on smartphones for children were being rowed back on internationally, and in other countries they were being reintroduced “in a mediated and mode(...)

ISPCC noted the inspections had uncovered ‘significant non-compliance’ in areas including safeguarding and the management of child protection concerns.  File photograph: Getty Images

Garda vetting is continually falling short of requirements in Irish foster homes, according to the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) fol(...)

Minister for Communications,  Denis Naughten: ‘The people who want to exploit children will use every loophole possible.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Minister for Communications Denis Naughten has suggested the “big players” in the technology industry are not the problem when it comes to online (...)

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