Child Protection&Online Safety

13 March 2011

Obama takes on bullies at White House anti-bullying summit Christian Science Monitor

Partly it's because he grew up being teased about his big ears, and partly it's because he has two young daughters: For President Obama, the nation's bullying problem is one he takes personally.

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11 March 2011

Friends to help police bullying and abuse on Facebook BBC News

Facebook users who are being bullied or abused can now report the problem to friends, as well as site moderators.

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10 March 2011

Obamas Address Bullying In Facebook Video, Prepare For Conference On Prevention Huffington Post

In preparation for the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention, the president and first lady released a video urging Americans to participate in helping to end bullying in schools and communities nationwide.

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09 March 2011

Australian government to censor iTunes app store Sydney Morning Herald

Australians will soon be able to complain about mobile game apps they take offence to and get them removed from app stores such as Apple's iTunes if they're deemed "refused classification".

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08 March 2011

Michigan Town Split on Child Pornography Charges New York Times

People in this economically pressed town near Lake Michigan are divided into two camps: Those who think Evan Emory should pay hard for what he did, and those who think he should be let off easy.

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14 February 2011

European MPs putting child pornographers' rights ahead of abuse victims, claim campaigners The Observer

European MPs have been accused of putting the rights of child pornographers ahead of abused children after it emerged that they are to water down new laws, backed by the UK government, for curbing the dissemination of child abuse images.

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12 February 2011

Julian Assange helped crack Victorian kid porn ring The Australian

As a young man nearly 20 years ago, Julian Assange used his prodigious computer skills to help the Victorian police catch online pedophiles.

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10 February 2011

In Tokyo, a Crackdown on Sexual Images of Minors New York Times

In a manga comic book that is well known here, "My Wife Is an Elementary School Student," a 24-year-old teacher marries a 12-year-old girl as part of a top-secret social experiment.

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09 February 2011

Digital Agenda: Commission to step up efforts to safeguard children online Europa

On the occasion of Safer Internet Day 2011, the European Commission today announced that it will step up talks with ICT industry and children's organisations to encourage the design of safer products to help keep children safe online. Moreover, the Commission will shortly review the 2006 Recommendation on minors and how to protect them in audiovisual media and Internet and on the 2008 Communication on the protection of youngsters from harmful content in video games.

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29 January 2011

US Court Rejects Judge's Assertion of a Child Pornography Gene New York Times

A federal appeals court in Manhattan overturned a six-and-a-half-year sentence in a child pornography case on Friday, saying the judge who imposed it improperly found that the defendant would return to viewing child pornography "because of an as-of-yet undiscovered gene."

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17 January 2011

Child sex trafficking in UK on the rise with even younger victims targeted using mobiles and web to groom victims The Guardian

White, black and Asian children at risk with abusers using mobiles and web to groom victims, say Barnardo's

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13 January 2011

Child Porn Blocking Won't Work, Says Euro ISPs TechWorld

The EU's attempts to get all member states to block porn at ISP level would do little to stop the problem, the European Internet Services Providers Association (EuroISPA) has said.

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11 January 2011

European Parliament considers Web blocking PC World

Members of the European Parliament Monday prepared their position on whether mandatory E.U.-wide Web blocking of certain sites should be introduced, prompting concern from digital rights groups.

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British paedophile could spend life in jail for role in paedophile ring The Guardian

Colin Blanchard, the IT consultant who created and shared images of child sex abuse with nursery worker Vanessa George, could spend the rest of his life in jail for his role as the "hub" of a paedophile ring.

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10 January 2011

BBC Panorama: quarter of British children have looked at pornography in last year Daily Telegraph [UK]

A quarter of children have looked at pornography in the last year, according to LSE research used in a Panorama programme about the sexualisation of young children.

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08 January 2011

Child abusers using global spam: Italy Sydney Morning Herald

Italian police on Friday warned of a new system by which thousands of Internet users around the world have received spam emails for business offers that actually click through to child abuse material.

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21 December 2010

Web filtering: Why a Great British Firewall will be useless The Guardian

Ed Vaizey, the Communications Minister, said yesterday that he wants UK internet service providers to filter sexually explicit content. By default, your internet connection would be restricted to only allow appropriate sites - unless you call your ISP and ask them to turn the filter off.

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Review of Australia's media classification ordered to take account of technology changes The Australian

Australia is set for an overhaul of its national classification system covering films, DVDs, printed matter and computer games.

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20 December 2010

Britain's broadband firms urged to block sex websites to protect children The Guardian

Internet service providers are to be asked by the government to tighten up on website pornography to try to combat the early sexualisation of children.

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Austrian police smash child pornography ring Deutsche Welle

A huge child porn ring involving more than 100 men has been smashed, according to Austrian police. Pornographic material was seized from raids of 107 homes after a tip-off from Luxembourg.

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18 December 2010

Opinion: Cyberbullying: It's Not Cool to Be Cruel Huffington Post

We've all heard the horror stories of young adults and children having hurtful or embarrassing photos, videos and/or speech about them posted on the Internet for the world to see. But did you know that cyber-bullying can be as simple as sending an e-mail to someone who has indicated they do not want to have any further contact with you? I also have a personal dislike for all the chain e-mails that go out, especially those that indicate that something will or won't happen if you don't forward it on to 10 or more of your friends.

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15 December 2010

US federal authorities say they broke up a global child porn ring CNN

Federal authorities announced Tuesday they dismantled an international child pornography ring that allowed its 35 male members to trade thousands of images and videos of boys in sexually explicit situations through a website.

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14 December 2010

Policing predators: vigilantes blast Facebook for failing to protect children Sydney Morning Herald

Paedophiles are brazenly sharing child pornography pictures and videos on Facebook, and internet safety experts believe the social networking site has failed to curtail the practice.

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Agreement to review planned Australian internet filter laws The Australian

The federal government is on track for an April start to its review of classification laws for its planned internet filtering legislation.

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13 December 2010

Study reveals nearly all European children are not bothered by what they find online Deutsche Welle

The final results of a Europe-wide study of children's behavior online are presented in Berlin. Researchers suggest children might be able to help their parents learn how to use the Internet more effectively.

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