The Internet Advisory Board (IAB) was established by the Minister of Justice, Equality and Law Reform in 2000 with a general remit to supervise a system of self regulation by the Irish Internet Service Provider industry. This was in response to the recommendations of the Government’s 1998 Report on Illegal and Harmful Use of the Internet (PDF, 1.6 MB). The Board has an independent chairperson, and includes representatives from Government, child protection interests and the Internet Service Providers Industry Association of Ireland.
The IAB's work includes: assistance to the Irish Internet Service Provider Industry in further developing codes of practice and ethics, commissioning research into Internet downside issues and promoting awareness of potential dangers for children online. The IAB website includes a 'safety tips' section for parents and children.
It has been announced that in the near future, the Internet Advisory Board will be succeeded by an Internet Safety Advisory Council.
The Internet Advisory Board has published three parents' guides to new media technologies under the 'Get with IT!' banner. These publications cover New Media (PDF, 1.31 MB), Filtering Technologies (PDF, 1.06 MB) and Social Networking Websites (PDF, 2.73 MB).
In September 2007, it was announced that an Office for Internet Safety (OIS) was to be established as an executive office of the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. The OIS opened its office at the beginning of March and has responsibility for internet safety, particularly in relation to child pornography. The OIS, working in close co-operation with the Irish Internet Service Provider Industry, will play a key role in encouraging greater collaboration and cohesion across those state agencies charged with protecting people from harmful and illegal online content.
www.hotline.ie is a confidential service to anonymously report suspected illegal material encountered on the internet. The primary focus of the Hotline is to combat child pornography. The Hotline is run by the Internet Service Providers Association of Ireland (ISPAI) and supervised by the Office for Internet Safety (OIS), in cooperation with An Garda Síochána.
Report suspected illegal material at: https://www.hotline.ie/makeareport.php
Alternatively, LoCall: 1890 610 710
Visit the hotline.ie internet safety advice section
The makeITsecure website offers a wealth of valuable information on how to prevent becoming a victim of cybercrime. Different sections offer advice on identity theft, phishing, social networking, child safety, as well as a very useful security basics index and top tips section.