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Member States to implement harmful content alert hotlines

Indicator Status Evidence
Is there a fully implemented hotline in the Member State? Yes The Office for Internet Safety (OIS), an Executive Office of the Department of Justice & Equality, was established as a response to growing concerns about internet safety. The Office has responsibility for co-ordinating measures so as to ensure a safer internet environment, particularly for children and young people, within a self-regulatory and co-operative framework. The particular focus of the Office is the fight against child pornography. The Office has published a range of advisory publications on aspects of internet safety: A Parents Guide to New Media Technologies, A Parents Guide to Filtering Technologies, A Parents Guide to Social Networking Sites and A Guide to Cyberbullying. www.internetsafety.ie The Office manages the Safer Internet Ireland project which receives funding from the European Unions Safer Internet Programme. A variety of initiatives are ongoing in this regard including: (i) Ongoing operation of the Internet Hotline http://www.hotline.ie, which is co-funded and operated by the Internet Service Providers‟Association of Ireland, which deals with confidential reports of illegal content on the internet; the Irish internet hotline is a member of the International Network of Internet Hotlines, INHOPE see www.inhope.org. (ii) Development of internet safety awareness campaigns, particularly in cooperation with the National Centre for Technology in Education which operates the Irish internet safety awareness node,www.webwise.ie; The NCTE works to disseminate internet safety messages through the educational curriculum. (iii) Engagement with relevant stakeholders including statutory, industry and child protection interests via the Internet Safety Advisory Committee, which advises the Office for Internet Safety; (iv) Operation by the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC – www.ispcc.ie) of a national confidential helpline CHILDLINE, www.childline.ie for children and young people who may wish to raise concerns about illegal and/or harmful content related to their use of online technologies. (v) Operation by the National Parents Council (Primary) www.npc.ie of a Parent Helpline. This is a national confidential helpline for parents where parents can find information and support if their children encounter issues on the internet, in particular cyberbullying.
Is this hotline supported by law-enforcement? Yes The Office for Internet Safety (OIS), an Executive Office of the Department of Justice & Equality, was established as a response to growing concerns about internet safety. The Office has responsibility for co-ordinating measures so as to ensure a safer internet environment, particularly for children and young people, within a self-regulatory and co-operative framework. The particular focus of the Office is the fight against child pornography. The Office has published a range of advisory publications on aspects of internet safety: A Parents Guide to New Media Technologies, A Parents Guide to Filtering Technologies, A Parents Guide to Social Networking Sites and A Guide to Cyberbullying. www.internetsafety.ie The Office manages the Safer Internet Ireland project which receives funding from the European Unions Safer Internet Programme. A variety of initiatives are ongoing in this regard including: (i) Ongoing operation of the Internet Hotline http://www.hotline.ie, which is co-funded and operated by the Internet Service Providers‟Association of Ireland, which deals with confidential reports of illegal content on the internet; the Irish internet hotline is a member of the International Network of Internet Hotlines, INHOPE see www.inhope.org. (ii) Development of internet safety awareness campaigns, particularly in cooperation with the National Centre for Technology in Education which operates the Irish internet safety awareness node,www.webwise.ie; The NCTE works to disseminate internet safety messages through the educational curriculum. (iii) Engagement with relevant stakeholders including statutory, industry and child protection interests via the Internet Safety Advisory Committee, which advises the Office for Internet Safety; (iv) Operation by the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC – www.ispcc.ie) of a national confidential helpline CHILDLINE, www.childline.ie for children and young people who may wish to raise concerns about illegal and/or harmful content related to their use of online technologies. (v) Operation by the National Parents Council (Primary) www.npc.ie of a Parent Helpline. This is a national confidential helpline for parents where parents can find information and support if their children encounter issues on the internet, in particular cyberbullying.
Are there awareness raising campaigns on online safety for children organised in the Member States? Yes The Office for Internet Safety (OIS), an Executive Office of the Department of Justice & Equality, was established as a response to growing concerns about internet safety. The Office has responsibility for co-ordinating measures so as to ensure a safer internet environment, particularly for children and young people, within a self-regulatory and co-operative framework. The particular focus of the Office is the fight against child pornography. The Office has published a range of advisory publications on aspects of internet safety: A Parents Guide to New Media Technologies, A Parents Guide to Filtering Technologies, A Parents Guide to Social Networking Sites and A Guide to Cyberbullying. www.internetsafety.ie The Office manages the Safer Internet Ireland project which receives funding from the European Unions Safer Internet Programme. A variety of initiatives are ongoing in this regard including: (i) Ongoing operation of the Internet Hotline http://www.hotline.ie, which is co-funded and operated by the Internet Service Providers‟Association of Ireland, which deals with confidential reports of illegal content on the internet; the Irish internet hotline is a member of the International Network of Internet Hotlines, INHOPE see www.inhope.org. (ii) Development of internet safety awareness campaigns, particularly in cooperation with the National Centre for Technology in Education which operates the Irish internet safety awareness node,www.webwise.ie; The NCTE works to disseminate internet safety messages through the educational curriculum. (iii) Engagement with relevant stakeholders including statutory, industry and child protection interests via the Internet Safety Advisory Committee, which advises the Office for Internet Safety; (iv) Operation by the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC – www.ispcc.ie) of a national confidential helpline CHILDLINE, www.childline.ie for children and young people who may wish to raise concerns about illegal and/or harmful content related to their use of online technologies. (v) Operation by the National Parents Council (Primary) www.npc.ie of a Parent Helpline. This is a national confidential helpline for parents where parents can find information and support if their children encounter issues on the internet, in particular cyberbullying.
Has the Member State taught online safety in schools? Yes The Office for Internet Safety (OIS), an Executive Office of the Department of Justice & Equality, was established as a response to growing concerns about internet safety. The Office has responsibility for co-ordinating measures so as to ensure a safer internet environment, particularly for children and young people, within a self-regulatory and co-operative framework. The particular focus of the Office is the fight against child pornography. The Office has published a range of advisory publications on aspects of internet safety: A Parents Guide to New Media Technologies, A Parents Guide to Filtering Technologies, A Parents Guide to Social Networking Sites and A Guide to Cyberbullying. www.internetsafety.ie The Office manages the Safer Internet Ireland project which receives funding from the European Unions Safer Internet Programme. A variety of initiatives are ongoing in this regard including: (i) Ongoing operation of the Internet Hotline http://www.hotline.ie, which is co-funded and operated by the Internet Service Providers‟Association of Ireland, which deals with confidential reports of illegal content on the internet; the Irish internet hotline is a member of the International Network of Internet Hotlines, INHOPE see www.inhope.org. (ii) Development of internet safety awareness campaigns, particularly in cooperation with the National Centre for Technology in Education which operates the Irish internet safety awareness node,www.webwise.ie; The NCTE works to disseminate internet safety messages through the educational curriculum. (iii) Engagement with relevant stakeholders including statutory, industry and child protection interests via the Internet Safety Advisory Committee, which advises the Office for Internet Safety; (iv) Operation by the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC – www.ispcc.ie) of a national confidential helpline CHILDLINE, www.childline.ie for children and young people who may wish to raise concerns about illegal and/or harmful content related to their use of online technologies. (v) Operation by the National Parents Council (Primary) www.npc.ie of a Parent Helpline. This is a national confidential helpline for parents where parents can find information and support if their children encounter issues on the internet, in particular cyberbullying.
Has the Member State encouraged providers of online services to implement self-regulatory measures regarding online safety for children? Yes The Office for Internet Safety (OIS), an Executive Office of the Department of Justice & Equality, was established as a response to growing concerns about internet safety. The Office has responsibility for co-ordinating measures so as to ensure a safer internet environment, particularly for children and young people, within a self-regulatory and co-operative framework. The particular focus of the Office is the fight against child pornography. The Office has published a range of advisory publications on aspects of internet safety: A Parents Guide to New Media Technologies, A Parents Guide to Filtering Technologies, A Parents Guide to Social Networking Sites and A Guide to Cyberbullying. www.internetsafety.ie The Office manages the Safer Internet Ireland project which receives funding from the European Unions Safer Internet Programme. A variety of initiatives are ongoing in this regard including: (i) Ongoing operation of the Internet Hotline http://www.hotline.ie, which is co-funded and operated by the Internet Service Providers‟Association of Ireland, which deals with confidential reports of illegal content on the internet; the Irish internet hotline is a member of the International Network of Internet Hotlines, INHOPE see www.inhope.org. (ii) Development of internet safety awareness campaigns, particularly in cooperation with the National Centre for Technology in Education which operates the Irish internet safety awareness node,www.webwise.ie; The NCTE works to disseminate internet safety messages through the educational curriculum. (iii) Engagement with relevant stakeholders including statutory, industry and child protection interests via the Internet Safety Advisory Committee, which advises the Office for Internet Safety; (iv) Operation by the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC – www.ispcc.ie) of a national confidential helpline CHILDLINE, www.childline.ie for children and young people who may wish to raise concerns about illegal and/or harmful content related to their use of online technologies. (v) Operation by the National Parents Council (Primary) www.npc.ie of a Parent Helpline. This is a national confidential helpline for parents where parents can find information and support if their children encounter issues on the internet, in particular cyberbullying.

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