Child Protection&Online Safety

10 May 2008

US arrests paedophile suspect after global manhunt ABC

US immigration agents arrested a suspected paedophile just two days after Interpol launched a global hunt for a man who abused South-East Asian boys, the police agency said.

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us: Facebook agrees child safety plan BBC

Facebook is to add a slew of new safeguards to protect young users from sexual predators and cyber bullies.

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09 May 2008

Call for joint effort to combat online child pornography : EU EurActiv

The fight against child abuse over the Internet is often hampered by data protection rules, but a joint effort between privacy authorities, financial institutions and Internet services providers can ensure significant results in line with national laws, according to a new report.

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NZ cartoon policeman and dolphin to warn UK children about online paedophiles The Times

Child abuse experts are targeting children as young as five for the first time to teach them about the dangers of online paedophiles. Pupils in primary schools across the country will be introduced to Hector's World, a series of five animated characters including Hector the dolphin and PC Jim, who will explore how to use the internet safely.

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07 May 2008

Public asked to aid INTERPOL hunt for suspected paedophile The Guardian

INTERPOL has released a series of images in a worldwide appeal to identify a man suspected of sexually abusing young boys, after a two-year investigation failed to determine either his identity or his whereabouts.

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04 May 2008

au: Pornography, abuse blamed for sexually problematic children ABC

A sexual assault support service for children in Hobart has embarked on a project to tackle what is considered a growing social problem.

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23 April 2008

Australian judge demands child porn law changes after photo 'horror' The Australian

A judge has called for the reform of child pornography laws after jailing a man for possessing more than 35,000 images of "the most disturbing and depraved kind", including the torture and abuse of babies and bestiality.

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22 April 2008

Arrests by UK child sex abuse unit triple in a year The Times

The number of arrests by Britain's pioneering unit to tackle child sexual abuse has tripled in its second year of operation to nearly 300 suspects. Results published today by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre show that 297 offenders have been arrested and 131 children protected from further abuse.

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18 April 2008

Action urged on child abuse sites by IWF BBC

A concerted international effort could see the end of websites that profit by selling images of child sex abuse, it is claimed. The UK's Internet Watch Foundation conducted research to identify how many sites trade such images and concluded there are 2,755 such sites worldwide.

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17 April 2008

Google tackles child pornography BBC

Google engineers have adapted a software programme to help track child sex predators and search for patterns in images of abuse on the web.

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14 April 2008

US groups seek to shield minors' Web data Los Angeles Times

A coalition of medical groups and child advocates called Friday for guidelines that would prevent Internet companies from tracking the behavior of minors online, contending that many adolescents are divulging more than they realize and aren't digesting complex privacy policies.

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11 April 2008

uk: Pupils posing as paedophiles in cyber-bullying, police warn The Guardian

Children as young as 10 may be posing as predatory paedophiles on internet networking sites to frighten boys and girls they have fallen out with, police revealed yesterday. Officers have warned parents and children to be vigilant after as many as nine youngsters in Padstow, Cornwall, were targeted through the networking sites Bebo and MSN.

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08 April 2008

Andrew Keen on New Media: Telling children what to do is not the best way to protect them The Independent

Let me be unfashionably authoritative and award grades for the Byron Review's Safer Children in a Digital World report. It gets an A for its schmooze, an A- for its wisdom about video gaming, a B /C- on its understanding of the internet and a D for its inappropriate title.

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05 April 2008

UK sex offenders face website bans The Independent

Paedophiles will be banned from social networking websites such as Facebook, under measures announced by ministers today. Convicted child sex offenders will be forced to disclose their email addresses to police, who will then pass the details to websites to block access.

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04 April 2008

UK Home Office calls for better security on social networking sites The Times

Social networking sites should carry the telephone numbers of child welfare agencies, the police and confidential hotlines under guidance to be published tomorrow, aimed at improving online security.

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01 April 2008

uk: Dr Tanya Byron warns digital-age children should be left to take risks The Sunday Times

Asked by Gordon Brown to investigate the new dangers to children being brought up in the digital age, Tanya Byron last week produced a 224-page report. The child psychologist's recommendations included a cinema-style system of classification for video games and a thorough public education campaign. However, she warns that protecting children against all risks stunts their development and an important part of growing up is learning to assess and deal with danger

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29 March 2008

UK child internet safety plans under fire over game censors The Guardian

The government yesterday backed an ambitious blueprint by the TV psychologist Dr Tanya Byron to improve child safety online, but immediately faced a backlash over plans to introduce cinema-style ratings for video games.

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au: Ministers fail to agree on game rating change The Age

The issue of whether to create an R18 classification for video games will be put to public consultation following a meeting of censorship ministers today.

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uk: Plaudits and concern over Tanya Byron BBC

The games industry has welcomed the recommendations of the Byron Review but concerns have been raised that ratings still need to be future proofed. Dr Tanya Byron has recommended that the role of the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) be expanded.

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uk: Facebook, Bebo, My Space face censorship/child protection orders The Times

Social networking sites will be required to remove material unsuitable for children, such as nude or violent images and comments, within 24 hours of receiving a complaint, under a tough new code for internet safety.

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28 March 2008

UK parents to be shown how to protect children online The Guardian

The first national strategy for child internet safety, including a streamlined system for classifying computer video games and codes of practice for social networking sites, will be set out today in a ground-breaking report for government.

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26 March 2008

Internet Miss Bimbo game for girls attacked by parents The Guardian

Internet Miss Bimbo game for girls attacked by parents Parents' groups have condemned a new internet game in which girls as young as nine are encouraged to "buy" their virtual dolls breast operations and facelifts.

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How Australian police broke net pedophile ring The Age

Australian police have played a leading role in smashing an international pedophile internet network. More than 22 pedophiles who thought their super encryption code was unbreakable have been arrested in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia.

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22 March 2008

FBI uses fake hyperlinks to snare child porn suspects CNet

The FBI has been using fake hyperlinks that purportedly link to illegal videos of minors having sex, and then raiding the homes of anyone willing to click on them reports Declan McCullagh on CNet.

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20 March 2008

uk: Concerns raised over online child safety The Guardian

Jim Gamble, chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, has said that some internet service providers were not doing enough to protect children online.

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