The Faculty of Paediatrics at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland advocated for digital consent to be set at 16 to ensure better protection for children and support for parents. And now, Dr Ellen Crushell, Dean of the Faculty has welcomed the development,

“We are delighted that the Dail has set the age to 16 and that our views have been taken into account. We believe that this age will better protect our children and their personal data when using the internet.

“We welcome new provisions for the safeguarding of the personal data of children, to include the establishment of a Data Protection Commission with extra commissioners and stronger supervision and enforcement powers.

“We also believe that educational initiatives for children and professional development for teachers to promote online awareness and safety are essential to protecting children online and welcome the government's commitment to funding in this area.”

The Faculty of Paediatrics at The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland is the national professional and training body for Paediatrics in Ireland, working to ensure the highest standards in child health. We are accredited by the Medical Council of Ireland and are proud to meet the strict standards required to deliver postgraduate specialist training in Paediatrics. We have close to 250 Members, who are experienced Consultant Paediatricians and leading experts in their field and we have 190 paediatric specialty trainees in our training programme.

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