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Brian ONeill IE

Brian O'Neill, PhD is Head of the School of Media at the Dublin Institute of Technology, and a researcher in media literacy and new media technologies. He is the author of reports and articles on media policy in relation to children, technology and new media. He is a member of the Digital Radio Cultures in Europe research group. Areas of expertise: media literacy; Safer Internet programmes; digital literacy; ICT in schools; digital rights.


Professor Nóirín Hayes, PhD, is a developmental psychologist lecturing on children and childhoods, early education and research methods at the Dublin Institute of Technology. She is a founder member of the Centre for Social and Educational Research, author of extensive publications on practice and policy in early childhood education and an active member of the Irish Children's Rights Alliance.  



Simon Grehan is the Internet Safety Coordinator at the National Centre for Technology in Education (NCTE). He is actively involved in researching children's use of the Internet, tracking emerging technologies, and raising awareness of the risks associated with their use. Simon is responsible for Webwise, the NCTE's Internet Safety initiative.


Sharon McLaughlin is a legal researcher and lecturer in the Department of Law and Humanities, Letterkenny Institute of Technology. She gained her PhD from the School of Law at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) for her thesis, entitled "The Protection of Children in the Online and New Audiovisual Services Environment." She also holds a B.A. in Public and Social Policy (2001), a LL.B. (2003) and a  LL.M. in Public Law (2006).  


Safer Internet Day

Irish short report: Parental Mediation


Office for Internet Safety: |

Webwise: (|) - Webwise provides parents, teachers, and children with educational resources, advice and information about potential dangers on the internet and empowers users to minimise or avoid these risks. Webwise shares best practice, information and resources with European partners through the Insafe network. Operated by the National Centre for Technology in Education 

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Hotline (|) Irish hotline for reporting illegal content online. 

Internet Service Providers Association of Ireland: (|

Teen Space (|) - Teenspace is a new national website provides information on events, activities and recreation services for children and young people from the ages of 10 to 18.

Irish Cellular Industry Association's Parents' Guide to Mobile Phones 

Make IT Secure (|) - This Irish website provides information on how to protect your computer and how to safely enjoy the benefits of connecting to the internet.

Facebook page for Digital Childhoods project (Brian O'Neill): |