Child Protection&Online Safety

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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22 January 2013

Australians most vulnerable to virtual stalkers The Age

Australians are among the world's heaviest internet users but also the most exposed to being tracked online by companies after personal information, a report warns.

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17 January 2013

Playboy fined £100,000 for offering porn on websites in UK accessible to children The Guardian

Playboy has been fined £100,000 by Ofcom for offering hardcore videos and pornographic images online that could by accessed by children.

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16 January 2013

For 1 in 3 American teen girls, online meetings lead to offline encounters CNET

Almost one in three teen girls ages 14 to 17 say they've taken a relationship they started online into the real world, according to new research out of the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

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12 January 2013

Argentina police raid international paedophile ring BBC News

Police in Argentina say they have broken up an international network of paedophiles who swapped pornographic images and videos of children.

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02 January 2013

Mommy bloggers: A child's right to online privacy Al Jazeera

... The greatest threat to children's privacy online does not come from corporations. It comes from parents - specifically, the self-described "mommy bloggers" who reveal the most personal details of their children's lives on the internet, often using their real names and photos.

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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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