Make Online Safety a Priority in the next Programme for Government
Children and young people use the internet for entertaimnet and education, but the web can be a threatening and dangerous place. With the Children’s Rights Alliance, Barnardos, CyberSafe Ireland, ISPCC, One in Four and SpunOut, the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre is calling on the next Government to play a key role in educating and empowering young people to be safe online and making the digital world a safer place for them to be.
We are calling on our political parties as they negotiate a new Programme for Government to put online safety to the top of their agenda by:
- establishing a Digital Safety Commissioner;
- ensuring that digital rights and online safety are central to the next Children and Young People’s Strategy;
- introducing a comprehensive digital literacy programme in formal and non-formal education and
- effectively resourcing the Gardai to investigate crimes involving images of child sex abuse.