Recently here in Ireland the idea of stopping the progress of technology has taken on a new meaning for one member of our government. Primary school principal, Jim Daly T.D., and chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs had a brain wave and has proposed the introduction of a brand new bill. You see he has appointed himself the Supernanny of Ireland and proposed the introduction of an Internet Access for Minors Bill 20177. And has gone on to say that retailers will be fined if caught selling a phone or other device to anyone under 14 years old. And this is where you come in Mum and Dad as you too can be fined if you allow your child to have one of these evil devices. But to be fair to Mr. Daly, it is for your own good and has nothing to do with a nanny state. You see parents, it’s all your fault because you just can’t say no to your children when they come home and ask for an IPhone at seven and eight years old you cannot, according to Mr Daly bring yourself to say no. But with a law to back you up, well then, you can say no children and reinforce that by saying it’s against the law to own that evil device.
Surely it’s the role of the parent to police their children and supervise their access when on these evil devices. On the one hand our government are inviting technology companies into Ireland and offering tax breaks to companies like Google, Apple, Dell ,Facebook and Intel. On th other hand, the products they produce are for other children, not our children, who don’t have responsible parents. Maybe he should introduce parenting classes after school for the parents of children attending any school. We are, as a nation, introducing more and more technology into our education system most schools for example use IPad and we now want to start introducing laws to prevent the use of these devices. Really Mr. Daly these meek uneducated parents would surprise you, most of them already know how to download apps to restrict access to unsuitable sites for their children and also most of them supervise their young children when on the internet. We have come a long way from the hedge schools in Ireland and hopefully sense will prevail and this particular bill no matter how well intentioned will die a death just like the hedge schools of old.

Nasreen Habibnejad