Child Protection&Online Safety

20 November 2017

UK's House of Lords push for new regulations to protect children online The Observer

Technology firms could be subjected to tough new regulations to protect the privacy and mental health of children as a result of a cross-party campaign that is likely to inflict a defeat on the government within weeks.

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Sexting creating legal minefield for teenagers - and the Australian courts system ABC News

When young people find themselves caught up in the criminal justice system on serious charges relating to sexting practices, it's often a conundrum for sentencing judges.

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17 November 2017

Child sex abuse live streams rising at 'alarming rate' amid surge in 'cybersex trafficking' The Independent

A new form of human trafficking that sees children forced to carry out sex acts while being live-streamed for paedophiles to watch online is growing at an “alarming rate”, a charity has warned.

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13 November 2017

YouTube to clamp down on disturbing kids' videos such as dark Peppa Pig The Guardian

YouTube has announced a clampdown on disturbing and inappropriate children’s videos, following accusations that the site enabled “infrastructural violence” through the long-run effects of its content recommendation system.

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19 October 2017

Child sex abuse rising with Internet use in Southeast Asia Reuters

Rising internet use in Southeast Asia is fuelling the spread of material that is abusive and sexually exploitative of children, particularly as growing numbers of young people put footage of themselves online, an Australian police expert said on Tuesday.

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12 October 2017

Google and Facebook to be asked to pay to help UK tackle cyberbullying The Guardian

Internet companies such as Google and Facebook are to be asked to pay for measures to combat and raise awareness about online bullying and other web dangers, under a UK government internet safety strategy outlined on Wednesday.

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08 October 2017

Pope tells web companies: use profits to protect children Reuters

Pope Francis told executives of leading internet companies on Friday to use “their great profits” to defend children from sexual exploitation and other dangers lurking online.

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05 September 2017

Virtual child pornography could both help and hinder law enforcement The Conversation

More than one decade ago, the United States government predicted that “technology will soon exist, if it does not already, to make depictions of virtual children look real”.

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21 August 2017

Hate is hate. Online abusers must be dealt with harshly by Alison Saunders, director of public prosecutions The Guardian

People all over the world are questioning how those in positions of power can counter the kinds of extreme views that are increasingly being aired, and how societies might do more to prevent such opinions from gestating in the first place. These are huge questions with no straightforward answers. For many people in the UK, the scenes in Charlottesville last weekend may appear to be of scant relevance to their own lives. Even Thursday’s horrific events in Barcelona may feel somewhat distant.

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03 August 2017

US Senate Crackdown on Online Sex Trafficking Hits Opposition New York Times

The Senate’s latest effort to crack down on online sex trafficking is designed for success. Proposed legislation has an unassailable title, the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017, and bipartisan support. And it targets websites that knowingly facilitate the work of sexual predators online.

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25 July 2017

Internet firms should use profits to stamp out child abuse images, says UK police chief The Guardian

Internet companies should reinvest some of their “eye-watering” profits into efforts to stamp out child abuse images online, a chief constable has said.

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08 July 2017

8 months later, nation's top cyberbullying experts still haven't heard from Melania Trump Mic

Eight months after Melania Trump announced she would take on cyberbullying as first lady of the United States, some of the nation’s most prominent anti-cyberbullying experts told Mic that neither they nor any of their colleagues in the field had been contacted by Trump or anyone from her staff.

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15 June 2017

Child sex offenders using Facebook investigation finds BBC News

Facebook accounts belonging to convicted child sex offenders have been uncovered by a BBC investigation.

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01 June 2017

Europol shows clues from child abuse images to track offenders BBC News

Europe's police agency has launched a new webpage that displays objects in child sex abuse images to try and find the perpetrators and victims.

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30 May 2017

Bangladeshi girls being trained how to avoid online predators The Guardian

What their attackers bet on is shame: in a conservative society, the horror of an intimate photo leaking, or rumours being spread, is enough to buy a teenage girl’s silence.

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28 May 2017

Australia 10 years behind in cyberbullying arms race, eSafety Commissioner says ABC News

An "arms race" and a "tsunami". That's how the growing problem of image-based abuse was described in a Senate estimates committee this morning.

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25 May 2017

From live streaming to TOR: new technologies are worsening online child exploitation The Conversation

Ease of access to technologies such as live streaming is increasing the production and spread of child exploitation material online.

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21 May 2017

Revenge porn legislation introduced in NSW so 'sleazebags' risk jail time: Attorney-General ABC News

New legislation to criminalise the non-consensual distribution of intimate images, known as "revenge porn", has been introduced by the New South Wales Attorney-General.

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09 May 2017

Sexting to blame for nearly 1,500 Australian children convicted for child exploitation The Guardian

Nearly 1,500 children have been found guilty of child exploitation material offences in Queensland in the past decade, prompting police to create guidelines on how to handle teenagers’ sexting.

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08 May 2017

One in five has experienced image based abuse, Australian research finds ABC News

Has someone shared a naked selfie of you without your permission? If you answered yes to that question, then you're not alone.

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30 April 2017

Grounding your kids from social media doesn't do much - and could hurt them Washington Post

It all used to be so simple: Break the rules, get grounded and be forbidden from hanging out with your friends. These days, of course, social media makes anywhere a teen hangout, and parents looking to ground their kids might choose to cut off access to social media instead. But that punishment might not have its desired effect — and could even have some harmful consequences for teenagers, according to a new study published Thursday.

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27 April 2017

The Scourge of Child Pornography: Working to Stop the Sexual Exploitation of Children FBI

Rarely a week goes by in the United States that a child pornographer is not charged or sentenced for federal crimes related to the sexual exploitation of children. The press release headlines above from the Department of Justice were issued on a single day last month.

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22 April 2017

Google runs workshops to help UK teenagers tackle hate speech The Guardian

Google has responded to a barrage of criticism that it must do more to tackle online hate by launching a series of workshops for teenagers on how to tackle hate speech and fake news.

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01 March 2017

To stop paedophiles, we need to help them. But no one wants to hear that The Guardian

Simon Bailey, the head of Operation Hydrant, which investigates historical cases of child sexual abuse, says police are being overwhelmed by the number of cases. He believes that alternative approaches must be found for dealing with “less serious offenders” – including paedophiles who look at images of child abuse online – and argues that “low-risk” offenders should not be imprisoned. He knows, he says, that people will find this pragmatic approach difficult to hear. He’s right about that.

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08 February 2017

Twitter rolls out new anti-abuse tools BBC News

Twitter has announced more changes intended to limit the amount of abuse on the network.

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