Child Protection&Online Safety

30 June 2013

Porn: do we really want internet providers to be our censors? The Observer

Dearly beloved: our subject this morning is online pornography and what to do about it. The fact that there is a good deal of erotic material on the net is beyond dispute, though the precise amount is unclear. Let us assume that X % of websites contain porn, where X is a number between 5 and 15. What does that tell us? Answer: an awful lot of people seem to be interested in pornography. If there wasn't a demand, then presumably there wouldn't be such an abundant supply.

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19 June 2013

Google, BT and Yahoo! agree plan to tackle child porn on the web The Independent

Computer experts are to track down and block online child abuse images in an attempt to reverse the spread of sites used by paedophile groups, the Government announced today.

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16 June 2013

Google spends $5m to rid web of child porn Independent on Sunday

Google is to spend $5m (£3.1m) fighting child pornography and abuse, the company will announce today, after criticism that it is not doing enough to prevent the spread of harmful online imagery.

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13 June 2013

Google gives £1m to IWF charity that polices child abuse online The Independent

Google has donated £1 million to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), a charity that aims to remove "potentially criminal" content from the internet, following criticism from the Government for failing to adequately censor online material.

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12 June 2013

Schoolchildren at risk of online activity being tracked The Guardian

Schoolchildren are at risk of having their online activity tracked and monitored for targeted advertising by internet firms through free cloud based education services.

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01 June 2013

Why technology must be the solution to child abuse material online The Guardian

Mark Bridger spent a significant amount of time on the internet on the day April Jones died. Just after midday, he had browsed his carefully organised collection of child abuse images, child murder victims and photos of local girls.

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Google donates just 90 seconds' profit to UK charity policing child abuse The Guardian

Google donated little more than £20,000 last year to the charity responsible for policing child abuse images online - the equivalent of 90 seconds' profit for the internet firm.

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Google must take more action to police explicit content, says Vince Cable The Guardian

The business secretary, Vince Cable, has become the first cabinet minister to intervene over the "shocking" availability of illegal child abuse images online, urging Google to take more action to police explicit material.

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31 May 2013

Editorial: Internet pornography: never again - David Cameron has taken a keen interest in protecting children from exposure to internet porn but seems reluctant to lead The Guardian

Internet pornography is usually abusive and often violent. Mark Bridger, convicted yesterday of the murder of April Jones, had compiled a store of it. Pornography is easily and freely accessible, and at most requires only a credit card. The link between such material and violence, most commonly against women and children, is not quite beyond dispute - occasional studies claim there is, as one headline had it, a sunny side to smut. But there is strong evidence that at the very least it is addictive, can normalise violence, and at the same time diminishes sympathy for its victims. It is a kind of incitement to hate. It should be banned. But that is easier to say than to do.

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25 May 2013

We need to talk to children about porn The Guardian

Parents are worried about what their children view online, but we should talk to young people about that as part of sex education

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24 May 2013

Children raised 'on diet of porn' more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviour, warns UK report The Independent

Children who access pornography are more likely to have sex at a younger age and engage in "risky behaviours", a report by the Office of the Children's Commissioner has warned.

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21 May 2013

Warnings over gambling apps targeting Australian youth market ABC News

Researchers warn a new wave of simulated gambling applications are aiming to hit the jackpot with a new generation of younger gamers.

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18 May 2013

Call for transparency after Australian corporate regulator accidentally blocks 1,000 websites ABC News

There are calls for greater oversight and transparency after the corporate regulator accidentally blocked more than 1,000 websites.

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17 May 2013

Fears rise over Australian government web censorship Australian Financial Review

Greens senator Scott Ludlam says the federal government has revived internet censorship concerns with revelations its agencies are using legislative powers to block Australian users from accessing suspect websites more widely than first thought.

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29 April 2013

Junk foods avoid ad ban by targeting children online The Guardian

Advertising regulators have been accused of failing to protect children from aggressive online marketing by food companies using internet games and advertising.

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05 April 2013

How to delete your digital life The Guardian

Wiping away your digital life means getting rid of the traces you've left - the mistakes you made, the embarrassing photos, the unwise comments, the flawed social media profiles where you've left too much visible.

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18 March 2013

Child pornography is top British web concern, but how do you report it? The Independent

Around 1.5 million people have stumbled upon child pornography while using the internet, a survey has found. But the study suggested that 40 per cent would not know how to go about reporting it, if they did see it online.

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15 March 2013

Australian police charge 21 over online child abuse network ABC News

Australian Federal Police say a child has been rescued from a house during an operation to shut down an online child abuse network.

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06 March 2013

Cyber bullying study finds links to young behaviour ABC News

Research has found West Australian teenagers developing problem behaviour, depression or low self esteem in their early high school years are more likely to engage or be the victims of cyber bullying by year 11.

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14 February 2013

Next generation of social media 'exposing girls to sexual abuse' The Independent

A new breed of social media websites is leaving young people open to cyber bullying, with anonymous users able to bombard others with sexually explicit messages and demands.

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06 February 2013

Safer Internet Day marks 10th anniversary Computerworld

Today is the 10th anniversary of Safer Internet Day, a global initiative to raise online safety awareness. This year's theme, 'Online Rights and Responsibilities - Connect with Respect', focuses on online privacy, digital reputation and citizenship, and is held in more than 90 countries around the world.

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05 February 2013

Ceop warns over 'alarming new trend' in online sex abuse BBC News

Children are increasingly being groomed over the internet for the sole purpose of online sexual abuse, research by a child protection watchdog suggests.

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04 February 2013

Children are 'upset' by online violence, study finds The Guardian

Children are as upset by violent videos on YouTube that feature animal cruelty or beheadings and by insensitive Facebook messages from divorced parents as they are by online bullying and pornography, according to the biggest survey of young British people and their internet use.

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03 February 2013

Special report: Too young to gamble – but not for a virtual trip to the 'Facebookies' Independent on Sunday

It is illegal for under-18s to have a flutter in a betting shop. But, in the second part of our investigation into online gambling, Paul Gallagher finds that through social media, youngsters are being lured into games that can groom them for life as an adult punter

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24 January 2013

Facebook admits it is powerless to stop young users setting up profiles The Guardian

Facebook has admitted that there is almost nothing it can do to stop young users setting up profiles, with academic research suggesting that more than a third of UK 9-12 year olds now have their own page on the social network.

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