Research


We dedicate a large portion of our effort to research and our reputation for impartial and independent commentary is respected across Irish media.

We are consistent advocates for necessary changes in the manner that Ireland educates and supports its young people, and protects children that are vulnerable online. Our attitudes are not governed by news articles or opinions. We get out and do our own research, often in areas of eSafety that are not well covered by state and digital industry. Our digital research services are independent and in-depth and we do not shy away from the subjects that are less popular in the public, state and industry view.


We researched the Barnardo's Report entitled "Three Hazards - Child Protection in the Electronic Age" released in 2009. Some of the recommendations of that report were incorporated into law in early 2016. Many others remain untouched.


We researched the upload of Irish young people's images to online porn and image sharing sites from 2011 and our monitoring of trends is continuing.

Our research was a core element to the RTE Investigations Unit documentary "Online and Unprotected". We subsequently released a public version of the research document in April 2015 entitled Digital Fish Report 2015.  At the time of publishing we had identified over 200 of the girls affected. That number now exceeds 320 and represents only a small percentage of the total numbers involved.


The image abuse problem remains ongoing and was again highlighted in early 2016 by the plight of Cork girls caught up in it. Irish authorities sought to have Irish girls images removed from a number of sites and had limited success. However, sites that do not co-operate (and there are many) continue to allow image uploads, and it is ironic that the young lady to the fore of speaking out about her image abuse has since had more of her personal images uploaded and commented upon.


Our research was central to halting criminals using advertising on web pages depicting the sexual abuse of children. Despite a host of legal threats from the then largest online adult site on the internet being supported by a well known and respected organisation that promotes the safety of children in the online porn industry, we resisted huge pressure to cease and desist  and continued to highlight the problem until it was dealt with by US authorities.


We undertook research that was co-presented with INTERPOL to members and staff at the Oireachtas to support a Senate motion to have ISP's block the free availability of online child abuse images to Irish consumers. Unfortunately to this day, only Virgin Media blocks such images in Ireland. Other ISP's consider such blocking to be draconian censorship and argue that it would impact on Ireland's ability to attract foreign digital industry investment.


Our digital research services are independent of State and Digital Industry interests