Facebook has come under fire for plans to launch  a version of Instagram for children, which the ISPCC has described as being like ‘alcopops’. Photograph:  Lionel Bonaventure/AFP via Getty Images

Facebook has said it cannot solve internet bullying but that the establishment of an online safety commissioner in Ireland would help bring about “rea(...)

Concerns raised at committee hearing over ‘end-to-end encryption’. File photograph: Getty

An Instagram for children platform would be akin to an “alcopop” used to recruit for future commercial gain, an Oireachtas committee has heard. Head(...)

Childline has seen a significant surge in contacts during periods of Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions. Photograph: iStock

More than 700 children contacted the support service Childline on Christmas Day, a small decrease on the same day last year. 723 children contacted t(...)

Between March 12th and December 12th, Childline recorded 53,722 web users, an increase of 34% on the same period last year. Photograph: iStock

There was a “significant surge” in the number of children contacting a support service during periods of stringent Covid-19 restrictions, the chief ex(...)

Many charities have been forced to cancel parts of their fundraising programme this year and are running alternative events that comply with social distancing rules.

Charities operating in Ireland are among the many sectors struggling due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Many have been forced to cancel k(...)

 Mary Mooney, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland manager of Mill Lane Day Care, Mary Bardin, ASI operations manager and Marie Conlon, ASI Kildare Branch chairperson.;

With businesses closed, sporting and cultural events cancelled or postponed and many office workers confined to their homes during the Covid-19 pandem(...)

The number of young people contacting Childline by phone increased by just under 9 per cent last week, and the number of children availing of Childline’s text support service increased by almost 20 per cent. File photograph: Getty Images

Childline has reported an increase in calls and texts from children and young people expressing anxiety around the coronavirus and family relationship(...)

ISPCC: ‘imperative’ that an office of digital safety commissioner be established

Youth information website SpunOut.ie said it has received “a number of reports of sextortion” from young people in the last five months. Sextortion i(...)

The move to bring in tighter rules on what people are exposed to online will be welcomed by many campaigners and parents. Photograph: iStock

Significant fines for online companies who breach new digital safety laws could be linked to financial turnover, Minister for Communications Richard B(...)

The Childline service is a free, non-judgemental service for children and young people

Nearly 800 children and young people contacted Childline on Christmas Day. Volunteers at Ireland’s 24-hour listening service for children yesterday (...)

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