Alex Cooney

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Bonnie Neiland: has more than 436,000 followers on TikTok

One day last March, Shauna Davitt decided to have a look at TikTok. The app allows users to create and upload short-form videos, but the Wexford teena(...)

Young smartphone users Ciara Fanning, Sean Carey, Caoilfhinn Ní Choiligh and Gearoid O’Donovan. Parenting coach Allen O’Donoghue says children’s phone use is a ‘massive issue’ among parents he works with. Photograph: Tom Honan

“They’re never off their phones.” This must be the most common gripe of the current generation of parents with teenagers. And when something goes wro(...)

‘Children with unlimited, unsupervised access are in a vulnerable place.’ Photograph: Getty Images

There was something about Peppa Pig that didn’t sound quite right, even to an adult ear. The cheeky pig who constantly talks back to her parents and f(...)

While there are some anecdotal reports of Momo circulating in other countries, there is little hard evidence that people have come to harm as a result.

The Garda and PSNI have expressed concern that a “disturbing” online “challenge” that encourages children to harm themselves or others may have reache(...)

The digital age of consent has recently been set at 16. File photograph: Getty Images

Big tech companies will have to work harder to confirm young people’s age when they go online, Minister for Communications Denis Naughten has said. (...)

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(...)

Inside Facebook: Channel 4 revealed that the social network deemed a video of a man punching and kicking a toddler to be acceptable content. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The shocking revelation in Inside Facebook: Secrets of the Social Network, Channel 4’s Dispatches documentary on Tuesday night, that the company deeme(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Áine Lynch from the National Parents Council (centre) with Webwise Youth Advisory Panel members Rachel Murphy (18) and Marco Messori  (18)  help launch the Government’s Action Plan for Online Safety.

The Government’s long-awaited plan to keep children safe online contains no mandatory actions from the online platforms most popularly used by childr(...)

CyberSafeIreland has called for a national information campaign on children’s use of the internet after its survey showed more than a third of eight to 13-year-olds rarely talk to their parents about their online activity.

Children as young as eight are being put at risk through unsupervised access to the internet, ignoring age restrictions on apps and talking to strange(...)

Research found that 35 per cent of children in third class have their own smart phones with many young people opting to spend First Communion money on such devices. File photograph: Getty Images

New internet safety measures aimed at children, which have just been rolled out in Ireland by Google, will not take the place of good parenting and cl(...)

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