Child Protection&Online Safety

12 October 2010

Porn: not just a little harmless fun The Australian

Over the years I have come to understand how and why my lectures to students on pornography stir up extreme emotions in men.

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06 October 2010

UK children's online protection centre staff quit in clash with ministers The Guardian

The crisis over the future of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) deepened today, after it emerged that two more senior managers and a group of specialist internet investigators have quit in protest at government plans which they fear will undermine child safety.

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Sex, Porn and Teenagers BBC Radio 4

"Shag bands" are thin coloured rubber bracelets, indicating how far the wearer will go sexually if the band is broken.

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05 October 2010

Britain's online child protection chief quits in protest at merger proposals The Independent

The head of Britain's online child protection agency has quit over government plans which would curtail the body's independence.

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24 September 2010

Researchers seek to find true level of cyberstalking in the UK BBC News

A new survey has been launched in an effort to find out the true level of cyberstalking in the UK.

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British handyman jailed for planting porn on boss's computer BBC News

A handyman who planted child pornography on his boss's computer in a bid to get promoted has been jailed.

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22 September 2010

Victims of online bullying may be more likely to be depressed Washington Post

A study released Tuesday shows that as bullying has moved beyond the schoolyard and on to Facebook pages, online chat groups and cellphone text messages, its victims are feeling more hopeless and depressed.

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19 September 2010

Child porn ring discovered inside Paraguay prison ABC News

Authorities have broken up a child pornography ring that made sexually explicit films inside Paraguay's national penitentiary, with youths who passed as relatives of inmates.

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18 September 2010

On the Web, Children Face Intensive Tracking Wall Street Journal

A Wall Street Journal investigation into online privacy has found that popular children's websites install more tracking technologies on personal computers than do the top websites aimed at adults.

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28 August 2010

Facebook gives way after child porn bust Sydney Morning Herald

Facebook has agreed to pass information about criminal activity on its site to Australian police, after revelations it had ignored repeated warnings about an international child pornography ring operating among its pages.

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27 August 2010

Facebook failed to tell Australian police about paedophile porn ring Sydney Morning Herald

Facebook management failed repeatedly to reveal the activity of an international child pornography syndicate operating on their site and ignored continuing admissions by one of the ring's Australian members.

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19 August 2010

Germany faces obstacles in its bid to lead the global fight against Internet child pornography Deutsche Welle

Germany sees itself in the forefront of the fight against Internet child porn - a battle critics say it's losing due to international law discrepancies and its own protection laws.

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18 August 2010

Ratings review may alter Australia's proposed net filter: Conroy ABC News

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has conceded that a Classification Board review could "substantially" change the proposed mandatory internet filter.

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10 August 2010

Craigslist is hub for child prostitution, allege trafficked women The Guardian

Open letter to founder Craig Newmark in Washington Post tells stories of young women sold for sex through 'adult services' ads

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Japan child porn cases surge to record high Asia One

Japanese police investigated almost 600 child porn cases in the first half of the year - a new record and 60 percent more than in the same period last year, a government survey said Thursday.

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04 August 2010

US DOJ report says child porn on the rise San Francisco Chronicle

The spread of child pornography, fueled by technology and the Internet, is outpacing efforts to combat it, the Justice Department said Monday in a report to Congress that promises more arrests, prosecutions and better coordination among federal, state and local authorities.

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30 July 2010

Australian government hints at possible filter changes during election campaign The Australian

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan has suggested changes could be made to the Federal Government's proposed internet filter.

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20 July 2010

Australian government plans for expert to check each banned web page The Australian

The federal government will hand-pick an "expert" to manually check up to 10,000 blacklisted web pages.

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13 July 2010

Fractious ISPs may fumble their chance on Australia's internet filter The Australian

Australian ISPs have an opportunity to see off Labor's mandatory internet censorship laws, but their disunity could let it slip.

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Facebook to launch child safety 'panic button' in Britain BBC News

Facebook has announced it will allow a "panic button" application on its social networking site.

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09 July 2010

Australian government puts internet filter on backburner ABC News

The Federal Government has deferred the introduction of its mandatory internet filtering program. Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy says the filter will not be put in place until an independent review can be carried out into what content would be banned.

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Australia's internet filter 'won't protect kids' The Age

Protecting children online could be harder with a mandatory internet filter in place, a coalition including state schools, librarians and key players in the internet industry has warned.

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07 July 2010

Australian ISP filtering legislation on the way The Australian

The federal government hopes to introduce legislation to enable its controversial internet filter by the end of the year.

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01 July 2010

Paedophiles 'increasingly access images from webcams' BBC News

Paedophiles are increasingly accessing indecent pictures of children from webcams, experts warn.

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30 June 2010

How schools can really fight cyberbullying Salon

Twelve-year-olds are just about the scariest human beings on the planet. And if you thought your own middle school years were hellish, remember, at least you didn't have Facebook. As a stomach-churning story in Sunday's New York Times makes clear -- the Internet is making it easier than ever for the Nelson Muntzes of the world to do their dirty work, and schools are struggling to figure out how to protect their kids while protecting their privacy. The ongoing challenge is -- how responsible are educators for the terrible things kids do on their own time? If a sixth grader is sending out "shocking, sexually explicit threats" to another student on a phone on a Saturday night, what recourse does a school community have?

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