Child Protection&Online Safety

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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19 March 2008

US Crackdown on Child Pornography Washington Post

Lewd photographs of children were disappearing from adult bookstores. Child porn magazines in plain brown envelopes were no longer reaching customers through the mail. It was the early 1990s, and experts believed that federal law enforcement efforts were ending child pornography.

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16 March 2008

Ban junk food advertising on internet, say UK campaigners The Guardian

Food and drink companies should be banned from marketing unhealthy snacks and drinks to young children via new media such as social networking sites and text messaging, a coalition of international consumer groups and health bodies recommends today.

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12 March 2008

Japan to outlaw possession of child pornography The Guardian

Japan is to bow to international pressure and ban the possession of child pornography, although the new law is expected to anger child welfare groups by exempting manga comics and animated films.

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11 March 2008

'Swirl' abuse suspect trial due BBC

A suspected paedophile known as Mr Swirl because of the way he allegedly disguised his face in photographs is set to go on trial in Thailand. Christopher Neil, a Canadian, denies charges of abusing two underage boys.

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Operation Koala: face haunts pedophile-busters The Australian

It's a face that haunts police around the world. A young girl, probably now nine, who has grown up from infancy on film - thousands of pictures and movies shot of her being molested by an abuser who then shared the images with a network of like-minded internet pedophiles. As a two-year Queensland-led investigation culminated last weekend with the arrest of 22 people in eight countries, the relief and celebration at busting one of the world's longest-running and most sophisticated internet pedophile rings was muted by the knowledge that the girl was still out of reach of protection.

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Australian study targets 'toxic' cyber-bullying The Australian

The West Australian Government will spend $400,000 on a world-first five-year study into cyber-bullying, amid growing concern about the damaging effect on children being targeted by abusive text messages, emails and degrading digital photos.

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07 March 2008

International Child Porn Ring Uncovered The Guardian

Detectives in three continents believe they have broken one of the most sophisticated paedophile rings ever. Eight British children between six and 14 years old have been rescued and arrests made in the UK, Australia and the US. The ring used advanced techniques to avoid detection and one member boasted of belonging to the "greatest group of paedos ever to gather in one place".

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Australian govt sticks to guns on internet porn filters ABC

Porn on the net is a massive industry, with a very high request rate across all search engines. But while it may be legal for adults, children are accessing porn on the net and in large measures, and very little is being done to stop it.

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02 March 2008

EU extends net safety programme for children BBC

The European Commission is spending 55m euros (£42m) on making the net a safer place for children. The money will be spent over four years on educational efforts and ways to protect children from inappropriate content and cyber bullying. It will also research the ways that children use the net on computers and other devices such as mobile phones.

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