Yahoo UK: Social networking guide for parents launched

The parents' guide to social networking websites was produced by the Internet Advisory Board (IAB). The guide explains what social networking websites are and how they operate, all in a user-friendly format. [...]

Minister Lenihan also announced the appointment of John Laffan as the new director of the Office for Internet Safety (OIS).

"The challenge for the director will be to move quickly to develop programmes and policies designed to make the internet a safer place. The director will engage with all stakeholders -- private sector and public authorities -- with the simple message that our young people deserve the best possible protection against the risk of internet exploitation and crime," said the minister.

"The OIS will build on the very successful cooperative relationship with the Internet Service Providers Association of Ireland, pioneered by the IAB, which champions the model of self-regulation through adherence to a strong code of practice and ethics."