A West Cork Judge has warned of the dangers and journeys into “the dark side of human behaviour”, through the access of child pornography content on smartphones. Judge James McNulty made his comments as he convicted a Martin Hayes, aged 37, from Clonakilty, Co Cork for possession of child pornographic images discovered by authorities on his iPhone. Judge McNulty also issued a stern warning to those tempted to access such content, noting that the societal implications of a conviction were far worse than a prison sentence.
It was a privilege to have been asked our opinion last week about whether to permit children to have smartphones. It featured in the Irish Daily Mail. We have always been very firm on our recommendation that children in National Schools should never be given a Smart phone. They have neither the maturity, not the intellectual ability to deal with the enormous amount of harmful content and deviant online behaviour of others.