“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 (...)

Grainia Long, chief executive of the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children  described the case as “shocking” and said of particular note was Matthew Horan’s “ease of access to other adults who were prepared to collude in sharing images of the children”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Calls have been made for additional Garda powers to investigate online child sex offences, including powers to make it easier for gardaí to seize mobi(...)

The ISPCC said parents need to look at the ‘amount of time their children are online, what age they start going online and what they are watching’. Photograph: Getty

Children’s advocates have stressed the need for parents to monitor their children’s internet use and establish an environment in which young people ca(...)

Fianna Fáil’s spokeswoman on disability called on Tusla to ‘get its act together’ regarding  services for children with disabilities.

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) and the Irish Foster Care Association have welcomed acceptance by Tusla of the Omb(...)

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