Youth group welcomes Government decision to set digital age of consent at 13

There has been a broad welcome from youth groups on the Government's decision to set the so-called 'digital age of consent' at 13.

Yesterday, the Cabinet came to an agreement on the age, which allows teenagers to sign up to social media profiles without needing permission from parents.

The new EU rules allow individual member states to set the age anywhere between 13 and 16.

Executive director for SpunOut.ie Ian Power believes it was the right decision.

"It makes no sense, from our perspective, to try to police the age of users online, when we know that verifying ages aren't confirming parental consent, would have almost been impossible to meaningfully enforce," he said.

"So we think, from our perspective, it would be a much better use of everybody's time to start looking at responses that will actually work and make young people safer online."


More in this Section

Garda in shock after fatal collision with pedestrian, colleague tells trial

Donegal councillor charged with assault causing harm to two men on night out

Ian Paisley faces calls to quit after claims he failed to declare third holiday

Victims of vintage car deception contact gardai after photograph of vehicles published by media


Lifestyle

Family restaurants serving up more calories than fast food – here are 8 healthy swaps to make

What parents can learn from Mary Poppins

Unmasking Limerick's newest masked rapper

How to stop tensions boiling over this festive season

More From The Irish Examiner