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Advice for parents

The Office of eSafetyCommissioner in Australia is leading the way globally in online safety education and regulation. You can access their fantastic guides for parents and carers by clicking on the links below. 

For young children: "...encourage online safety by helping their children read the story puzzle book, understand the information and follow the instructions for the fun activities." 

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For children of all ages: "...support and guide children to avoid online safety risks and have safer experiences."

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See below for our latest blog posts.

Cyber Killer: A Documentary

We were happy to be involved in this fabulous audio documentary on cyberbullying and online hate by talented media student Molly Cantwell, which also inclu ...

The Fallout of Life in Lockdown

Unfortunately the recent lockdown has seen a huge increase in child exploitation online. Hear the thoughts of our CEO Alex Cooney in this Irish Times artic ...

Is online gaming a safe socialising option?

With millions of people spending much more time at home since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, many have turned to gaming to occupy themselves and to ...

Cannes Young Lions Collab

We were delighted to be chosen as of the Cannes Young Lions Creativity Competition for 2020, and one result of the collaboration was this fantastic print a ...

Tech Talk on Newstalk

CyberSafeIreland were the guest on the Tech Talk with Jess Kelly podcast on Newstalk this week, talking about keeping your kids safe online and our recent ...

CyberSafeIreland teams up with FamilyFriendly HQ

CyberSafeIreland has teamed up with Family Friendly HQ, Ireland’s trusted parenting community, as part of their launch of an Online Wellbeing Hub for paren ...

Yes, but is it FAKE?

This video is already two years old, so you can imagine how much more advanced deep fake technology may already be... More time spent online during the Cov ...

CyberSafeIreland in The Examiner

CyberSafeIreland were quoted recently in article entitled Logout: When your child is spending too much time on social media in The Examiner, written by Áil ...

Cyberbullying Course

We have been working with E-learn to put together a simple online Cyberbullying course which can now be found here.  Cyberbullying among children and teena ...

Who's Zoomin' Who?

Wondering why everyone is talking about Zoom suddenly?! You are DEFINITELY not alone, and if you had asked most people what Zoom was 6 months ago you may h ...

CyberSafeIreland in The Independent

"Vital online safety rules still apply - but don't forget to focus on positives," argues Alex Cooney, our co-founder and CEO in her Independent opinion pie ...

Stuck at Home...?

Dear Parents, Actions speak louder than words. We wanted to show our support as increasing numbers of you are now based at home and getting a feel for th ...

Esports & Celebrity Gamers? Part 2: Parental Advice

Given that our children’s interest could last into adulthood we need to ensure that our kids are safe when they engage with the world of esports and celebr ...

Esports & Celebrity Gamers? Part 1: The Stats

Many kids today enjoy watching gamers, whether that involves live streaming of esports events or viewing celebrity gamers playing their favourite games. Th ...

Tackling Fake News Online With Digital Media Literacy

Fake News, Real Problems One of the most widely discussed problems currently associated with social media is the issue of 'fake news'. Fake news can refer ...

Someone's turning 15...

It seems hard to believe that it is only 15 years since the first, thrilling (!) video was ever posted on the platform that has since become a part of ever ...

Safer Internet Day 2020 - CyberSafeIreland News!

To mark Safer Internet Day 2020, we are releasing some new data collected in the 2019-20 school year, which is a “wakeup call” that must be acted on by who ...

Safer Internet Day 2020 Video Project!

CyberSafeIreland is marking Safer Internet Day 2020 by launching two new pupil-led video projects made by 6th class children from St. Kevin’s NS, Sallynogg ...

A Merry Christmas from CyberSafeIreland!

Season's Greetings!

Christmas is coming! Is that video game really suitable for my child?!

Christmas is coming! So...is that video game really suitable for my child?!

“Family Friendly” games: why you should you be wary of purchases...

PEGI (Pan European Game Information)was formed to help European parents make informed decisions when they purchase video games and their guidance is extrem ...

Social Media: Creating Unrealistic Expectations

It's a miserable, wet day in June and I'm sitting on my couch preoccupying my time scrolling through social media to find some resemblance of summer. Pictu ...

Loot Boxes in Gaming: What Parents need to Know

My kids are mad about gaming so, as the games industry increases its focus on in-game purchases as a revenue source, I’ve had to agree some new rules with ...

Kids Spending Money in Games: What Parents Need to Know

One of the things that has changed most in gaming over the last few years is the simple way in which games are sold. Once it was a simple matter, buying a ...

Social Casino Games: A Guide for Parents

There has been a lot of talk in the media of late about the blurring of lines between gaming and gambling. Most concerns have focused on loot boxes and pay ...

Twitch and Live Streaming: What parents need to know

Long gone are the days when playing video games was simple. I remember when my brother and I would spend hours playing Super Mario Brothers, Zelda and shoo ...

Virtual Reality: A guide for parents

Virtual Reality (VR) allows individuals to put on a special headset and step into a virtual world. VR technology has been around for decades in various for ...

The Momo Challenge: What Parents really need to know

Last year my youngest lad came home from school terrified as he had heard that a “killer clown” with a huge knife had been seen nearby. His cousin piped in ...

How to find a good balance with screentime this Christmas

I just witnessed this funny family interaction: 10 year old kid: Dad what’s the tallest mountain in the world? Dad (with a satisfied smile, some may say sm ...

The Difference Between Gaming and Addiction

Alexandra Tobias dialled 911. Her three month old son, Dylan had stopped breathing. She claimed that the child had been knocked from the sofa by the family ...

The best fight, is no fight! But…

Ok, it’s 2 minutes until the home time bell rings. I better get all my pencils into my pencil case and books into my bag. Get to the front of the line and ...

The Changing Climate of CyberBullying in Irish Primary Schools

In nearly a decade of being a principal, I have experienced many changes within the milieu of our primary schools. A smattering of such change includes new ...

Tackling Cyberbullying as a Cultural Movement

It is important to know that bullying is not new, it has been around since time began.  However, in a contemporary world of hyper-communication, the avenue ...

CyberSafeIreland publishes its third annual report

CyberSafeIreland publishes its third annual report and the results of research conducted with over 5000 children. Age restrictions of 13 on popular social ...

YouTube – What parents need to know

by guest blogger Caroline O’Neill Since the creation of YouTube in 2005, it has become one of the world’s leading video sharing social media sites providin ...

CyberSafeIreland launches flyer for parents on conversations to have at home about online safety

CyberSafeIreland surveyed 1,500 children aged between 8 and 13 between September and November 2017 and found over a third of children are rarely or never t ...

Challenges and opportunities in team sports for creating an environment in which kids thrive - Enda McGahern

Having being involved in both sport (as player & coach) and teaching Internet safety in schools for the past number of years, I’ve often pondered as to ...

Conversations to have with teens about bullying

A recent initiative in Kenya is a great example of how we can empower children to stand up for themselves with energy and confidence. In these consent clas ...

Guest blogger Ethan Shattock explains the ‘Digital Age of Consent’ and how this may impact on children’s use of the Internet

What is the Digital Age of Consent? The ‘Digital Age of Consent’ refers to the age at which young people may sign up for online services such as social med ...

The Houseparty App – What Parents Need to Know

Cliona Curley, Programme Director at CyberSafeIreland, reflects on a newly emerging app which is gaining popularity among pre-teens.  A child first mention ...

CyberSafeIreland comments on Deputy Jim Daly’s draft bill to ban unsupervised use and ownership of smart devices by under 14s

Our CEO, Alex Cooney provided the following comment yesterday on Deputy Daly’s draft bill: “Deputy Daly’s focusing of attention on the important issue of c ...

Download or print our May Newsletter

Download or print a copy of our May Newsletter with advice on Snapchat, parental controls and using social media in the classroom. Feel free to share with ...

Read our news coverage from the launch of our new video for parents!

We were delighted with the extensive news coverage that we got on releasing our new scribe animation video for parents. This gave us an opportunity to let ...

Parents, here are the rules of your child’s new smartphone

Our Programme Director, Cliona Curley, advises parents who have bought their child a connected device this Christmas, in this Irish Times article. As a par ...

Get clued in about smartphones for kids

Read the opinion piece by our CEO, Alex Cooney, on what to think about if considering buying your child a smartphone for Christmas. For those parents takin ...

When should we start talking to our children about Internet safety?

Online safety is a big worry for many parents. But at what age should we sit down and talk to our children about the potential dangers and what are the ste ...

So Your Kid is a Muser – What Parents Need to Know about Musical.ly

Cliona Curley, Programme Director at CyberSafeIreland reflects on one of the latest apps to appeal to Irish pre-teens… When we started our schools programm ...

A Technical Solution to Online Safety?

Professor Andy Phippen, Special Advisor on Digital Wellbeing to CyberSafeIreland, writes about the pros and cons of using technical interventions to keep k ...