Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Questions (375)

Alan Farrell


375. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs her views on the establishment of a statutory digital safety commissioner in line with the recommendation by the Law Reform Commission to enhance cyber security for young persons and to encourage them to become responsible digital citizens; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44979/17]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

Lead responsibility in this area rests with the Department of Communication Climate Action and Environment. I am aware that Minister Denis Naughten announced earlier this year that he is considering the feasibility of establishing a Digital Safety Commissioner as recommended by the Law Reform Commission in its 2016 report on Harmful Communication and Digital Safety. I have not yet seen his proposals in this regard and am not therefore in a position to offer a view at this point. I share his concern along with colleagues in Government about the importance of enhancing cyber security, particularly for vulnerable groups, including children and young people, as well as for parents. I do not underestimate the challenge for this Government and for Governments worldwide to address this significant challenge.