Local TD for Dublin Mid-West, Frances Fitzgerald, has welcomed the Government’s first ever Action Plan for Online Safety which was published this week.
“The internet has broadened the opportunities and access we have to the world. Within a generation, we have moved from the creation of the internet to the daily use and reliance on online information. Seven out of ten of us use the internet every day; be it for news, entertainment, online shopping and staying in touch with friends and family.
“For the first time, Government has developed an Action Plan for Online Safety. This plan covers six Government Departments with five broad goals around individual supports, educational programmes at Primary and Post-Primary level, legislative changes and stakeholder engagement. To oversee all this, a new National Advisory Council on Online Safety will be chaired by Minister for State with responsibility for Digital Development Seán Kyne which will bring all the relevant Departments, stakeholders and organisations together.
“A key part of this is the creation on a single portal, www.gov.ie/BeSafeOnline, that Irish internet users can access for resources and information on how they can stay safe online. It also points users towards mental health supports, should they be required.”