Child Protection&Online Safety

24 October 2006

au: New government website advising on net safety Sydney Morning Herald/AAP

A new federal government website aims to teach people how to avoid internet pitfalls.

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19 October 2006

us: Online sleuth tracks MySpace pedophiles Sydney Morning Herald

The editor of Wired News has taken the law into his own hands, hunting down pedophiles who prey on young MySpace users. Earlier this year, Kevin Poulson wrote a computer program, containing 1000 lines of code, that automatically searches all of MySpace's user profiles, comparing them to a list of registered sex offenders.

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03 October 2006

EU Kids Online EU Kids Online

European Research on Cultural, Contextual and Risk Issues in Children's Safe Use of the Internet and New Media. EU Kids Online is a project funded by the EC Safer Internet plus Programme (see What is Safer Internet?) The EU Kids Online project (2006-2009) will examine research carried out in 18 member states into how children and young people use the internet and new media.

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11 May 2006

us: Measuring the Child-Porn Trade Wall Street Journal

Unlike, say, the soft-drink or airline industries, the child-pornography industry doesn't report its annual sales to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Yet in a press release ahead of a recent House of Representatives hearing aimed at curbing the industry, Texas Republican Joe Barton said, "Child pornography is apparently a multibillion ... my staff analysis says $20 billion-a-year business. Twenty billion dollars."

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Parents log on to trial internet pornography ban The Age

Families across Australia may be able to sign up to a ban on pornography and violent content with their internet service providers by the end of this year. A three-month trial of the filter service is to begin in Tasmania by July after an extensive lobbying campaign by Governmentbackbenchers for internet screening.

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08 May 2006

us: MySpace tackles teen safety fears BBC

Online networking site MySpace is to address concerns over child safety through adverts warning about the dangers of sexual predators on the web.

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us: Porn Law Goes Too Far, 11th Circuit Rules Law.com

An 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel has unanimously struck down part of a federal law prohibiting the offering or advertising of material presented as child pornography, saying the provisions were too broad and vague.

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New study reveals child pornography not a crime in most countries (news release) International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children

A new study of child pornography laws in 184 Interpol member countries around the world has produced alarming results: more than half of these countries (95) have no laws addressing child pornography and in many other countries, the existing laws are inadequate.

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Nigel Williams: A Man With A Mission CBS News

Nigel Williams, who died this week at age 51, was a pioneer in computer safety for children, founded Childnet International and was Northern Ireland's Commissioner for Children and Young People. (Larry Magid) Most Americans have never heard of Nigel Williams but he had an impact on every child who uses the Internet or carries a cell phone. Nigel, who was 51, died on March 28th at his home in Northern Ireland after a two-year-long battle with cancer. Nigel, who spent over ten years working to promote the safe use of technology for children, did so for the past three years from the vantage point of government, as Northern Ireland's Commissioner for Children and Young People.

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18 April 2006

us: Sites selling child porn targeted BBC

Net and finance firms are joining up to stamp out commercial child pornography. The newly formed Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography brings together 18 organisations including Bank of America, American Express, Mastercard, AOL, Yahoo and Microsoft.

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us: Financial and internet industries to combat internet child pornography (news release) National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Eighteen of the world's most prominent financial institutions and Internet industry leaders have joined with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), and its sister organization, the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) in the fight against Internet child pornography. The goal is to eradicate commercial child pornography by 2008.

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uk: Cyber bullies haunt young online BBC

Bullies are increasingly using the internet to terrorise teenagers outside of school, a survey suggests. More than 10% of UK teenagers said they had been bullied online, while 24% knew a victim, the MSN/YouGov survey found.

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uk: Are you safe online? eGov Monitor

A new poster campaign to educate the public about safer use of the internet has been launched by Essex Police. The force's Hi-Tech Crime Unit (HTCU), based out of the force's Chelmsford headquarters, has compiled web-crime prevention advice and useful websites which businesses, personal users and children can make use of to stay safe on the internet.

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Windows Live parental controls due this summer CNET

Microsoft expects to release a first version of new, no cost parental control software for Windows XP by the end of June.

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uk: Britons Concerned About Online Pornography Angus Reid Global Scan

Many adults in Britain believe explicit material on the Internet should be regulated, according to a poll by YouGov published in The Spectator. 71 per cent of respondents believe there should be greater restrictions on what sexual material is allowed online today.

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12 March 2006

uk: Child porn site reports 'up 80%' BBC

The number of internet child pornography sites reported to police soared by almost 80% last year, according to a new report.

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06 March 2006

ie: Surge in child porn complaints in Ireland The Register

Analysts from the ISPAI have reported a marked increase in both the severity and amount of online child pornography content being reported to its hotline.

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uk: Net safety 'should be compulsory' BBC

Internet safety and how to avoid online paedophiles should be part of the national curriculum, a leading academic has said.

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01 March 2006

uk: Massive rise in child porn sites The Observer

The number of websites found to be offering child pornography to UK internet users increased by 75 per cent last year amid fears of an explosion in illegal images generated overseas.

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20 February 2006

eu: Bits and Bytes to Fight Child Pornography Deutsche Welle

European forensic scientists have developed a state-of-the-art computer program to help track down child victims of sexual exploitation on the Internet.

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European Commission to assess filters EC Safer Internet Programme

The Safer Internet Programme has initiated a study aiming at an independent assessment of the filtering software and services.

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12 February 2006

eu: Safer Internet Day 2006: EU stresses commitment to safer use of the Internet (news release) European Commission news release

Safer Internet Day (7 February) will be celebrated by 95 organisations in 36 countries across the world, including 24 EU countries, Russia, Argentina, New Zealand and the USA. Organised under the patronage of Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding, Safer Internet Day 2006, features a blogathon or "blog-marathon" during which wide range of organisations and special guests will promote internet safety by making postings and inviting comments from visitors, children, schools and parents. The geographical focus of the 24hr blog will move steadily westwards through the global time zones, and include content in different languages.

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29 January 2006

Do Web filters protect your child?

Millions of parents around the country rely on Web filtering software to shield their children from the nasty side of the Internet--porn, predators and other unseemly phenomena.

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Childnet urgently seeks new partnerships as it faces uncertain future Childnet

Over the last 11 years Childnet has made real contribution to advancing the agenda of positive and safe use of the internet for children. As a small independent charity we have been successful in working directly with children, parents and teachers and engaging constructively with a wide range of partners both in the UK and elsewhere to ensure that the issues of online child protection and children’s safe and positive use of the internet are addressed. Indeed, Childnet has been privileged to develop and contribute to a number of ground-breaking initiatives which have inspired others throughout the world to better respond to the challenges and opportunities of children and communications technology.

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