Ireland

In brief

Young people’s experience of the internet in Ireland is predominantly a mobile one, mediated by the use of smartphones and other mobile devices. 72% of Irish children (aged 9 to 16) use the internet daily at home using a range of mobile and smart devices. Domestic access to the internet (in own bedroom or elsewhere at home) increases with age, rising from 53% of 9-10 year-olds to 92% of younger teenagers. Mobile internet users are much more likely to use the internet at home every day (93% for smartphone users and 95% for tablet users) than children who don’t use smartphones or tablets to go online (52%).Irish parents engage more in active mediation of internet safety (87%), making it the most common intervention by parents and much higher than the European average (77%).

In terms of the ‘ladder of opportunities, 9-16 year olds may be classified as “low use-some risks”. Promoting wider integration of digital technologies and internet content are key recommendations in order to enhance opportunities available to young people, deepen their appreciation of safe and responsible behaviour and extend the range of more advanced and creative uses of rapidly evolving new technologies.

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Highlights

  • EU Kids Online findings have informed a number of policy initiatives, including the formation of a government task force on internet safety. EU Kids Online has been used as reference data by the Office for Internet Safety and the Safer Internet Ireland project, Webwise.ie
  • Brian O'Neill is a member of the Internet Safety Advisory Committee which acts as a multi-stakeholder forum within the Office for Internet Safety. He also chaired the Internet Content Governance Advisory Group reporting to the Minister for Communications on future arrangements for internet safety and governance.
  • EU Kids Online participated in the Government of Ireland’s Open Policy Debate in 2018 to inform a national Action Plan on Online Safety.

Reports and resources

Team

BONeill

Brian O’Neill is Director of Research, Enterprise and Innovation at Technological University Dublin. His research focuses on the policy context for children in the digital environment. His research focuses on young people’s use of digital technologies, online safety and policy for the digital environment. He has undertaken research for the European Commission, UNICEF, the Council of Europe, the Ombudsman for Children’s Office and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland on topics of media literacy, child rights and information society technologies.  As well as leading policy development as a member of the EU Kids Online, he is a member of Ireland's National Advisory Council for Online Safety and chaired the Irish government’s task force on Internet Content Governance. He chairs the Steering Group for Media Literacy Ireland, a multi-stakeholder initiative supported by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. In 2018, he contributed to the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) 10 country study on “Youth, digitalisation and gender equality”.   With the Hans Bredow Institut, Insafe and members of the EU Kids Online network, he leads the BIK-Map project, mapping policies in European Member States for a better internet for children. The most recent version of the Better Internet for Kids Policy Map was published in 2018. 

Thuy

Thuy Dinh is Senior Research Assistant at Centre for Social and Educational Research, Dublin Institute of Technology. She holds a PhD in Sociology from University of Essex, UK (2009) where she studied the pattern of maternity care in impoverished socio-economic settings. She has been engaged with various research projects related to children, families and communities in Asia and Europe in last 15 years. In the last six years, she worked on a number of European projects through the “Digital Childhoods” program at the CSER, including exploration of children’s use of the internet, identifying patterns of use, as well as potential risks and opportunities technology provides. In 2016, she led a study commissioned by European Schoolnet (EUN) with support of the Kaspersky Helpline Fund of Insafe Helplines, Operations, effectiveness and emerging issues for internet safety helplines.

Links

Publications

Dinh, T., & O’Neill, B. (2019). Parental Mediation And The Internet: Findings Of Net Children Go Mobile For Parents’ Mediation Strategies In Ireland Mediazione Dei Genitori E Internet: Risultati Di Net Children Go Mobile Per Le Strategie Di Mediazione Dei Genitori In Irlanda, Media Education 10(1), 24–40.

O’Neill, B., & Dinh, T. (2018). The Better Internet for Kids Policy Map: Implementing the European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children in European Member States. Brussels, European Schoolnet.

O’Neill, B., & Dinh, T. (2017). The EU Kids Online Project: the importance of large scale, cross-national research. In L. Corcoran & C. McGuckin (Eds.), Bullying and cyberbullying : prevalence, psychological impacts and intervention strategies. New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Farrugia, L., Grehan, S., & O’Neill, B. (2017). Webwise 2017 Parenting Survey. Dublin.

Dinh, T., Farrugia, L., O’Neill, B., Vandoninck, S., & Velicu, A. (2016). Insafe Helplines: Operations, effectiveness and emerging issues for internet safety helplines. Brussels. 

O’Neill, B. (2016). A National multi-facetted Approach to Prevent and Address Bullying and Cyberbullying.In M. S. Pais (Ed.), Ending the torment: tackling bullying from the schoolyard to cyberspace. New York: United Nations: Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children.

Contact

Brian O’Neill

Research, Enterprise and Innovation Services
Technological University Dublin
Grangegorman
Dublin 7
IRELAND
Email:  brian.oneill@tudublin.ie