News that the Online Safety Bill is to be published is extremely welcome and marks an important day for children and young people, a Fine Gael TD has said.
Alan Farrell TD for Fingal and Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs said, “An Taoiseach has confirmed that Minister Bruton received Cabinet approval today to publish the general scheme of the Online Safety Bill.
“This legislation will allow for the establishment of the Online Safety Commissioner. An Online Safety Commissioner was one of the recommendations the committee made on cyber safety in our 2018 report.
“This was also recommended by the Law Reform Commission in 2016.
“No doubt regulating online activity is a complex issue and it has taken significant work to get to this point and I am delighted to see my colleague Minister Bruton publish this much-needed legislation.
“The internet is an invaluable tool for our young people and it is important that we ensure that they can enjoy it and use it in a safe and secure way and that there is a clear framework for dealing with harmful content.
“It is clear that social media companies cannot be left to self-regulate and I look forward to seeing the status quo come to an end in that respect. I look forward to seeing the detail of the law that is published by the Minister.
“With the establishment of the Online Safety Commissioner it is also vital that we ensure our young people are educated about how to use the internet safely and responsibly. Digital literacy is increasingly important as a life skill and we must equip our children and parents with the knowledge they need,” Deputy Farrell concluded.
The report on Cyber-Safety for Children & Young Adults by the Oireachtas Committee on Children & Youth Affairs is available at: https://data.oireachtas.ie/ie/oireachtas/committee/dail/32/joint_committee_on_children_and_youth_affairs/reports/2018/2018-03-29_report-on-cyber-security-for-children-and-young-adults_en.pdf