The subject of online safety for everyone but especially for children is of vital concern and importance. This issue is complex and effective actions rely on the active engagement of all stakeholders, including Government, technology companies and parents.
Recognising that there are already a range of diverse activities being taken by many Government Departments, by the European Commission, by industry and by stakeholders, it has been decided that the most appropriate way to further progress the matter of digital safety was through an Open Policy Debate. The Open Policy Debate took place on Thursday 8 March in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.
The Department co-ordinated this event with the support and participation of the Departments of Justice & Equality; Education & Skills; Business, Enterprise and Innovation; Health; and Children and Youth Affairs. We also engaged with relevant online platforms, the ISPCC, parents' groups and other key stakeholders who participated in the initiative. The overall aim of the event was to raise awareness among all participants of the activities which are being undertaken by the Irish Government, by the European Commission, by industry and NGO's.
It was intended that the event would identify issues requiring further consideration and areas where additional cooperation between stakeholders would be beneficial.