Dr. Geoffrey Shannon, Ireland’s Special Rapporteur on Child Protection, has applauded collaborative initiatives seeking to protect children online but says that the move toward greater cooperation between services needs to continue apace.
Dr. Shannon has said that
“The importance of this issue cannot be overstated. No one government department or non-governmental organisation, working on its own, will be able to provide the supports to ensure our children are safe online. Ideally, I would love to see services co-located so that professionals from different disciplines will be able to work side by side toward this end”.
Dr. Shannon was addressing over 200 parents and professionals working with children at a seminar entitled ‘Keeping Children Safe Online: A Collaborative Approach to Internet Safety’ jointly organised by the Galway and Roscommon Children and Young People’s Services Committees (CYPSC) in National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) on the 8th February 2017.
David Stanton TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for Equality, Integration and Immigration said
"It is essential for parents and professionals who work with children to educate themselves on the potential dangers of the internet and, in particular, on how children and young people interact with it."
Copies of presentations delivered during the seminar are available to download below.
Karyn Cronin (Youth Work Ireland), Jasmina Byrne (UNICEF), Gillian Baker (ISPCC) and Brendan Smith (Centre for Data Analytics at NUI, Galway) at the Keeping Children Safe Online seminar jointly hosted by Galway CYPSC and Roscommon CYPSC in February 2017
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