Child Protection&Online Safety

15 April 2010

British police tell Facebook: your efforts to combat paedophiles are not enough The Independent

Facebook has come under attack from Britain's most senior police officers, who have criticised the social-networking giant for refusing to adopt a "panic button" which would allow victims of online sexual grooming to report their concerns directly to the authorities.

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Do web filters hinder free speech? Al Jazeera

Internet filtering has been a standard tool for fighting unwanted online content for more than a decade. However, the debate over its legitimacy and effectiveness continues to rage, pitting politicians and regulators against technologists and free speech advocates.

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Cost of sexting failing to hit home ABC News

Under the radar of parents and teachers, more and more Australian teenagers are using their mobile phones to take nude or semi-nude photos of themselves before sending them to friends.

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13 April 2010

Facebook resists installing on-site 'panic button' BBC News

Facebook is continuing to resist placing a "panic button" on its pages despite calls to do so by the head of a British child protection agency.

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12 April 2010

Facebook meeting on safety with Ceop due in Washington BBC News

Facebook has been urged to add "panic buttons" to its pages by the head of a British child protection agency at a meeting in Washington DC.

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10 April 2010

US, EU against Internet child porn The Age

The United States and the European Union Friday announced they plan to launch a joint action programme to fight child pornography on the Internet. The agreement was announced at the end of an EU-US meeting of justice and interior ministers in Madrid.

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Cyber-bullies more harmful: researcher West Australian

Cyber-bullying has a more harmful effect on victims than face-to-face bullying but teachers lack the training to adequately deal with the growing problem, according to one of WA's leading cyber-bullying researchers.

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09 April 2010

Facebook accused of failing to report suspected paedophiles The Independent

Facebook has not passed a single complaint about suspected paedophiles grooming vulnerable child users to police in Britain, it was claimed today.

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03 April 2010

British teachers suffer cyberbullying by pupils and parents The Guardian

More than one in seven teachers has been the victim of cyberbullying by pupils or parents, and almost half know a colleague who has been targeted, according to a survey published today.

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02 April 2010

Japanese police boost efforts to tackle rise in child pornography cases Japan Today

The National Police Agency stepped up efforts Thursday to tackle the spread of child pornography, assigning around 10 agency employees to analyze Internet images and to cooperate with foreign investigative authorities after the number of child porn cases in Japan hit a record high in 2009.

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31 March 2010

Combating Child Abuse on the Web: Germany Resists EU Plans to Block Child Porn Sites Der Spiegel

Germany's justice minister is fighting EU plans to block access to child pornography sites because she doesn't think the measures would work. She wants such sites shut down instead. The opposition Greens and SPD party agree with her.

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Was the US only asking Australia for internet filter info? ZDNet

The office of Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has issued a statement which appears to imply the US State Department had merely asked the Federal Government for background information on its controversial internet filtering project.

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30 March 2010

Australian government goes to war with Google over internet censorship Sydney Morning Herald

The Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, has launched a stinging attack on Google and its credibility in response to the search giant's campaign against the government's internet filtering policy.

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European Commission wants stronger sanctions against child sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and child pornography Reuters

The EU Commission wants member states to agree to block access to child pornography websites and impose tougher punishments on child abusers and human trafficking gangs, it said on Monday.

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29 March 2010

Australian govt and US at odds on net filter The Australian

The Obama administration has questioned the Rudd government's plan to introduce an internet filter, saying it runs contrary to the US's foreign policy of encouraging an open internet to spread economic growth and global security.

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28 March 2010

British courts rapped for giving 'too short' jail terms to paedophiles who offend online The Observer

Paedophiles convicted of downloading images of child abuse from the internet are not receiving rehabilitation treatment because the sentences they are given are too short, public protection experts warn today. A dossier collected by the probation union, Napo, reveals that typical sentences given to online paedophiles often fall far short of recommendations made by court-appointed experts who prepare pre-sentencing reports for judges.

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24 March 2010

Australian govt's filter plan unworkable, says Google Australia The Australian

Fresh from halting censorship of search results in China, internet giant Google says Australia's mandatory ISP filter is both unworkable and unwanted by parents.

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23 March 2010

Russia close second to U.S. in child porn UPI

Russia is second only to the United States in the production of Internet child pornography, a Russian children's rights advocate says.

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Australian government divided on internet filtering plan The Australian

The mandatory ISP internet filtering scheme is fast becoming a political liability for the government, with divisions in caucus becoming apparent.

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22 March 2010

Child pornography in Japan: A belated attempt to curb a pernicious form of child pornography The Economist

In her high-school uniform, neatly brushed hair and sweet smile, the young girl represents the innocence of youth. Next she is naked, having sex and seeming to enjoy it. The manga, or comic book Puru-Mero (Jiggle-Melons), picked up at a convenience store, is meant to titillate. But although children are depicted sexually, the images are not illegal in Japan, because they are illustrations.

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21 March 2010

Rethinking America's Sex Offender Laws for Youth Texting New York Times

In Iowa, Jorge Canal is on the sex offenders registry because, at age 18, he was convicted of distributing obscene materials to a minor after he sent a picture of his penis by cellphone to a 14-year-old female friend who had requested it.

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18 March 2010

Child porn, drugs lead Internet content complaints in Japan Computerworld

Complaints to a Japanese Internet watchdog regarding illegal content almost doubled in 2009, led by a surge in reports related to child pornography and illegal drugs.

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13 March 2010

Websites told to remove material promoting self-harm in UK The Guardian

Doctors today called on websites to remove any material which romanticises or promotes self-harm by young people, as figures emerged suggesting a significant rise in the numbers admitted to hospital.

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10 March 2010

Users to blame for Facebook vandalism: net industry Sydney Morning Herald

The shocking vandalism of tribute Facebook pages for slain Australian children could have been avoided if only users, not Facebook, put more effort into policing the site, the internet industry says.

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Art or porn? New NSW laws to paint clearer picture ABC News

The New South Wales Government says it will introduce laws into Parliament this week to clarify what is art and what is child pornography.

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