John Church

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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(...)

The Dublin and District Schoolboys/Girls League is expected to return over the weekend of January 23rd and 24th, giving thousands of children an opportunity to get out and play again. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

The country’s largest football league has announced a partnership with Childline, the children’s listening service backed by the Irish Society for the(...)

Social distancing is bewildering, unnatural and distressing for young children, and communicates the idea that other people are a threat and to be feared.

Life or death has been the chief focus of State and society as we froze for more than two months, watching and counting in sorrow Covid-19’s ravaging (...)

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 (...)

Fine Gael TD Colm Brophy said it was ‘completely insane’ that large, international publishing platforms were unregulated.  File photograph: Tom Honan

Victims of harmful online abuse should be able to sue social media platforms hosting them, while platforms that refused to remove harmful material sho(...)

Childline said a number of children and young people who contacted them on Christmas Day described the tension in their homes, often propelled by fraught relationships and alcohol intake. Photograph: iStock

More than 1,200 contacts were made to Childline on Christmas Day this year, a 25 per cent increase on 2017. The 24-hour service answered 1,267 calls(...)

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 (...)

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