Child Protection&Online Safety

23 May 2008

uk: Net downloads to get age ratings BBC

Age ratings for downloaded video content and video games are to be introduced in the UK. Overseen by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), the scheme will see certificates appear on websites, via set-top boxes and portable players.

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21 May 2008

US Supreme Court Upholds Child Pornography Law New York Times

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the latest Congressional effort to curb the spread of child pornography on the Internet, a 2003 law that makes it a crime to offer or solicit sexually explicit images of children.

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18 May 2008

Missouri lawmakers pass bill against cyber-harassment after MySpace suicide case Los Angeles Times

Responding to the suicide of a Missouri teenager who was teased over the Internet, state lawmakers Friday gave final approval to a bill making cyber-harassment illegal.

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US Senators OK $1 billion for online child porn fight CNet

A U.S. Senate panel has unanimously approved a bill that would encourage federal, state, and local police to use and create special software designed to nab child pornography swappers on peer-to-peer file-sharing networks.

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Japanese bill takes aim at child porn holders Japan Times

The ruling coalition has compiled a bill to stiffen the law against child prostitution and child pornography by criminalizing the possession of such pornographic material for personal use, sources said Friday.

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17 May 2008

Missouri Woman Accused of Driving Girl to Suicide Is Indicted in California New York Times

In a highly unusual use of a federal law generally employed in computer fraud cases, a federal grand jury here on Thursday indicted a Missouri woman accused of using a phony online identity to trick and taunt a 13-year-old girl, who committed suicide in response to the cyberbaiting.

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15 May 2008

Australian budget tackles online safety Australian IT

The Rudd Government has committed $49 million to cracking down on child sexual exploitation on the internet as part of new budget measures announced yesterday.

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12 May 2008

Cyber bullying an issue for Australian youth, poll finds The Age

Cyber bullying is affecting more than one in five young Australians, a youth survey has found.

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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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