The Republic of Ireland is committed to playing its part, at home and internationally, in combating illegal and harmful use of the Internet.
The Irish Safer Internet Centre (SIC) is a consortium of organisations from Education, Child Welfare, Government and Industry. In a nutshell the partners provide: Internet Safety Awareness functions, Helpline functions (support and counselling for both children and parents) and Hotline Service where the public can anonymously report suspected online illegal content in a secure and confidential way.
The overall activities of the SIC are coordinated by Department of Justice and Equality - Office for Internet Safety, however each partner retains operational independence and it is responsible for the achievement of specific objectives and related tasks and activities.
The key objective of the Irish SIC is to develop national initiatives promoting safer use of the Internet while tying in with existing and evolving European actions.
Hotline.ie is part of the Irish SIC along with:
Webwise is part of the PDST Technology in Education, which fosters and supports the integration of ICT in teaching and learning in first and second level schools.
Webwise promotes the autonomous, effective, and safer use of the Internet by young people through a sustained information and awareness strategy targeting parents, teachers, and children themselves with consistent and relevant messages. Furthermore, it develops and disseminates resources that help teachers integrate Internet safety into teaching and learning in their schools.
Webwise also provides information, advice, and tools to parents to support their engagement in their children's online lives. With the help of the Webwise Youth Advisory Panel, it develops youth oriented awareness raising resources and campaigns that address topics such as cyber-bullying.
We strongly encourage you to visit their website for further information.
The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) is the technical coordinator of the Helpline dedicated to children, which provides a 24/7 service where children affected by issues encountered on the Internet may turn for advice and guidance. There are also other options to get in contact with the Childline such as "Online Chat" or live "Teentxt" service. For further information please visit their website.
The National Parents Council Primary is the technical coordinator of the parent/adult Helpline to answer concerns about children's use of the Internet. For further information visit their website.
The Irish SIC is currently in receipt of grant support from the European Commission through the Connecting Europe Facility Programme.
The partners have been working together on former EC Safer Internet Programmes. Thus given their individual and common expertise along with ongoing cooperation and affiliation to European networks such as, INHOPE and INSAFE, will ensure that Ireland benefits from the tremendous knowledge and know-how gathered over the last decade, at European level, as well as new, relevant initiatives and practices aimed at developing a better and safer Internet.