Lyttle: Urgent need to publish strategy on internet safety for young people

Alliance OFMDFM spokesperson, Chris Lyttle MLA, speaking after the publication of a report into child sexual exploitation, has called on the First Minister and deputy First Minister to urgently publish a strategy on internet safety for young people.

Chris Lyttle MLA said: “In February 2013, the Assembly passed a motion which called on OFMDFM to deliver a cross departmental internet safety strategy, so it is disappointing that the Health Minister revealed today that he has only recently written to his Executive colleagues seeking their agreement for such a strategy. I have submitted Assembly Questions to the Minister asking for an update on this issue and when he believes it will be implemented.

“The internet can be a valuable tool in terms of education but it can often contain many dangers. It can be difficult to monitor what takes place online, but an e-safety strategy could play an important part in educating young people about how to stay safe online.

“OFMDFM are failing to protect our young people by the delays in producing this strategy. There can be no excuse for this issue being left on the shelf.”


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