Child Protection&Online Safety

27 December 2012

Twitter and Facebook get on a British school's timetable in anti-libel lessons The Guardian

It's a school topic that seems to belong to an age far distant from home economics, 1066 and jumpers for goalposts. A school in Somerset has begun teaching 13- and 14-year-old pupils how to avoid defaming people on Twitter.

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25 December 2012

Twitter accounts with child abuse images closed BBC News

Several private Twitter accounts have been disabled after they were revealed to contain indecent images of children.

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22 December 2012

UK government to offer parents tougher pornography controls The Independent

No one wants children to access porn online. Working out the best way to protect them from the darker corners of the internet is a thorny issue that the government is trying to tackle.

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20 December 2012

FTC: New Online Privacy Rules for Children New York Times

In a move intended to give parents greater control over data collected about their children online, federal regulators on Wednesday broadened longstanding privacy safeguards covering children's mobile apps and Web sites. Members of the Federal Trade Commission said they updated the rules to keep pace with the growing use of mobile phones and tablets by children.

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11 December 2012

Most mobile apps for children failing on privacy, FTC finds The Guardian

Most mobile applications aimed at children collect information - including device IDs, location data and phone numbers - without their parents' permission, according to a Federal Trade Commission report released Monday.

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06 December 2012

World powers closing net on child porn New Zealand Herald

Earlier this year, law enforcement agencies from five EU nations and the United States worked together to dismantle an international paedophilia network, and arrested perpetrators and distributors of child-abuse images and videos. This is not the only such case: two other joint police crackdowns co-ordinated by Europol over the past two years have resulted in more than 300 arrests. Suspects were identified in 30 countries, ranging from the United States to Australia. Teachers and a boy scout leader were among the suspects arrested.

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02 December 2012

For Children, a Lie on Facebook Has Consequences, Study Finds New York Times

A federal law intended to protect children's privacy may unwittingly lead them to reveal too much on Facebook, a provocative new academic study shows, in the latest example of how difficult it is to regulate the digital lives of minors.

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21 November 2012

US Researchers Dispel Myths About Cyberbullying Huffington Post

A lot has been written about cyberbullying and I've seen some articles claiming that cyberbullying is more prevalent and more severe than in-person bullying. Some even refer to it as an "epidemic."

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EU and US sign joint declaration to make the internet safer for kids Europa

European Commission Vice President for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes and the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano have today signed a Joint Declaration in London, committing to make the Internet a safer and better place for children.

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Pew study: US parents of teens online worry about ads, strangers CNET

Parents are more worried about advertisers having access to their children's online data than about their children talking to strangers online, according to a report published today.

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20 November 2012

Australian internet filter backflip is an opportunity lost Australian Financial Review

Deep inside the Australian Communications and Media Authority's Sydney headquarters, behind frosted glass and a security door few staff can open, sit 10 people with the unenviable task of watching child abuse online.

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19 November 2012

Social Media: The Digital You & The Social Stalker SimpliSafe

With the explosion of social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, etc., the obstacles that an everyday stalker would have to jump through to get closer to you have been eliminated. The internet gives stalkers a new way to track you, follow you, and research your likes and dislikes.

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18 November 2012

UK prime minister 'orders new curbs on internet porn' Sunday Telegraph [UK]

David Cameron has ordered tough new controls on web pornography to protect children, it has been reported.

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Australian paedophiles prey on children via webcam Sunday Age

Australian paedophiles are "ordering" south-east Asian children for abuse on webcams, specifying age, gender and acts they want performed, police have revealed.

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16 November 2012

The danger lurking in laws to end cyberbullying The Independent

In an attempt to protect people, we risk curbing their right to be offensive, inane, or downright ridiculous. What a boring place Twitter would become.

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09 November 2012

Australian Government abandons plans for internet filter ABC News

The Federal Government has abandoned its controversial plan for a mandatory internet filter, five years after it was first promised.

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06 November 2012

A Trail of Clicks, Culminating in Conflict New York Times

Washington is pushing Silicon Valley on children’s privacy, and Silicon Valley is pushing back.

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30 October 2012

Facebook used to kidnap, traffic Indonesian girls The Age

When a 14-year-old girl received a Facebook friend request from an older man she didn't know, she accepted it out of curiosity. It's a click she will forever regret, leading to a brutal story that has repeated itself as sexual predators find new ways to exploit Indonesia's growing obsession with social media.

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24 October 2012

Should children be taught that porn is not real? BBC News

Many teenagers regularly view porn. But does this give them a distorted view of sex and relationships, and is there anything that can be done?

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23 October 2012

'Parasitic' porn websites stealing and re-posting sexually explicit images of children and young teenagers The Independent

Pornographic websites are stealing 'self-made' sexually explicit images of children and young teenagers, a leading internet safety organisation said today.

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21 October 2012

Self-harm websites top list of teenagers' greatest worries about the internet Independent on Sunday

Charities last night called for the Government to act after new research revealed that websites encouraging suicide and self-harm topped a list of teenagers' greatest worries about the internet. The findings have raised fears that growing numbers of young people are becoming vulnerable to the messages being put out by such sites.

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Cyberbullying-linked suicides rising, study says CBC

Cases of suicides linked to cyberbullying have grown over the past decade, but being tormented over the internet is rarely the main factor involved, a new Canadian study shows.

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19 October 2012

Paedophiles targeting single mothers online ABC News

Police say a disturbing online trend is emerging where paedophiles are grooming single mothers on internet dating sites in order to get to their children.

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18 October 2012

Why cyber-bullying endures: Anonymous cyber-bullies have no empathy to their victims when trolling the internet Al Jazeera

When Amanda Todd was thirteen years old, she met a man on the internet who told her she was beautiful. He was a stranger and she was flattered by the attention. He asked her to take off her clothes, and Amanda, a seventh grader at a Canadian junior high school, flashed her breasts. He said she was "stunning" and "perfect".

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ISOC: Children and the Internet Briefing Paper ISOC

The Internet is an increasing part of today's culture, especially for children and youth, for whom schoolwork, online gaming, and social networking are among the most popular activities.

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