Many parents ‘unaware’ of the dangers facing children online

A Leitrim councillor says many people, including parents, are unaware of the shocking dangers to children online.

Fianna Fail Councillor Mary Bohan was speaking after a presentation yesterday to the Leitrim Joint Policing Committee on child internet safety by Detective Sergeant Michael Smyth of the Garda National Protective Services Bureau.

The meeting heard of efforts to get children to share images of themselves and about then being bullied or blackmailed about the images being distributed.

And Cllr Bohan says one clear message is that when children get into trouble on the internet, their parents may be the last people they tell: