New Online Safety Commissioner will work with social media companies to try and deal with the problem of cyberbullying – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views

New Online Safety Commissioner will work with social media companies to try and deal with the problem of cyberbullying




(Image source: RTE)

A new project by the Government is intended to try and counteract the problem of online bullying and it is hoped that it will prove to be a very successful measure.

According to RTE, the Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill will introduce an Online Safety Commissioner in the country.

The announcement comes shortly after the tragic death of Eden Heaslip, the 18-year-old who ended his own life four months ago.  His parents spoke on Prime Time about how they feel that the online bullying Eden suffered played a part in his decision to take his life.

It is hoped that the new Online Safety Commissioner will serve a role similar to that of the Australian eSafety Commissioner.   This office works to have abusive material and intimate images shared without consent taken down from the internet.

Julia Inman Grant, who is currently serving in this role, told Prime Time:

“We really serve as a safety net when they are experiencing seriously intimidating, harassing, humiliating or threatening material that isn’t picked up and taken down by the social media site.”

Eden’s parents, Maggie and Raymond, recently gave an emotional interview to Prime Time when they spoke about the terrible abuse received by her son and the fact that his social media accounts were still receiving nasty comments even after he died.   Incredibly, some of these comments referred to the fact that Eden had taken his own life.

It is also reported that the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media has set up an expert group which will consider whether it would be possible to permit people to make complaints directly to the new Commissioner.

Tell us your thoughts in the Facebook post and share this with your friends.

Share this story with a friend

Share this story

Tell us what you think on our Facebook page