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Tech giants, gardai meet to discuss kids' online protection

Sheetal Sukhija - Friday 9th March, 2018

DUBLIN, Ireland - In a bid to discuss the risks posed to children by the internet and mull ways to safeguard kids online - representatives from tech giants Google and Facebook, met with law enforcement bodies in Ireland.

Gardai, along with children’s charities met the tech representatives to discussed the threat and ways to tackle it.

Facts presented at the meeting emphasized that a third of all online users are children.

Experts were focussed on the challenges that this poses and what action needs to be taken.

Tanya Ward from the Children's Rights Alliance said in a statement, "We have been really remiss in Ireland and way behind the times in protecting children and adults online; we should have taken this action 10 years ago.”

Further, Grainia Long from the ISPCC said parents also have a role to play, and added, "Make the decision as a parent, with your child is possible, how long they spend online, who they talk to online, and set those ground rules in place.”

According to the Minister for Communications Denis Naughten, online safety is a major challenge.

Naughten stated that the same exploitation which occurs in the offline sector is also occurring online and pointed out, “The reality is that the people who want to exploit children will use every loophole possible.”

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