Child Protection&Online Safety

24 January 2014

The death of Tallulah Wilson: Mother of 15-year-old who was hit by a train urges awareness 'of a toxic digital world' The Independent

The gifted young dancer, from West Hampstead, London, who was self-harming, became so obsessed by the internet that she created a fantasy cocaine-taking character to escape reality, St Pancras Coroner's Court was told.

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US Justices Seem Stumped on Calculating Damages Over Child Pornography New York Times

In a Supreme Court argument on Wednesday that was part math problem and part seminar on the nature of culpability, the justices seemed to agree on just two things.

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16 January 2014

UK paedophiles pay to watch webcam child sex abuse in Philippines BBC News

British paedophiles are paying to watch the abuse of children in the Philippines via webcams, a BBC investigation has found.

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10 January 2014

UK's Lib Dems risk 'pro-porn' label as they oppose internet filters The Independent

Liberal Democrats are preparing to demand that David Cameron drops his plan for "opt-out" internet porn filters to be installed in homes.

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08 January 2014

Online harassment of women is a problem. Here's what to do about it. Washington Post

If you're male, you might not realize how common it is for women to experience online harassment. The problem is particularly severe for bloggers, journalists and others who build a public profile online.

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05 December 2013

Cyber self-harm: Why do people troll themselves online? BBC News

Young people are anonymously bullying and trolling themselves online in what some are calling cyber self-harm. Why?

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26 November 2013

UK paedophile jailed for 19 years after one million child abuse images found The Independent

A pensioner who was caught with more than one million pornographic images of children was jailed for 19 years today after admitting abusing young girls.

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24 November 2013

Twitter adds more security to thwart predators – and government agencies The Observer

Twitter has announced a significant increase in its data security as it moves to protect users from attacks by the "apex predators" of the internet.

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20 November 2013

Facebook and Twitter should block anonymous messages – UK PM's adviser The Guardian

Twitter and Facebook should let users block anonymous messages if they are serious about stopping bullying and trolling on social media sites, David Cameron's adviser on child internet safety has said.

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19 November 2013

UK's online child abuse monitor to tackle peer-to-peer networks The Guardian

The UK's key internet monitoring service is to begin investigating illegal child abuse material on restricted parts of the internet that it does not have access to.

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David Cameron: GCHQ will be brought in to tackle child abuse images The Guardian

GCHQ will be brought in to tackle the problem of child abuse material being shared on peer-to-peer networks, the prime minister has revealed.

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18 November 2013

Google and Microsoft to block abuse web searches The Independent

Internet searches for child abuse images will be blocked for the first time by Microsoft and Google after months of mounting pressure.

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Laboring In The Shadows To Keep The Web Free Of Child Porn NPR

On Thursday, authorities in Canada announced the bust of an enormous international . It was the end of a three-year investigation into a website that trafficked in illicit videos of young boys. More than 300 people have been arrested in connection with the videos, 76 of them in the United States.

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15 November 2013

Hundreds held over Canada child porn BBC News

Police in Canada say 348 people have been arrested and nearly 400 children rescued during a three-year investigation into child pornography.

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06 November 2013

Roast Busters: we can't let such Facebook groups thrive The Guardian

Internet forums created for men to discuss their sexual "conquests" are nothing new. There is an entire online community of "pick up artists" dedicated to reducing women to rating systems and helpless victims of evolutionary psychology. Sometimes, more disgusting and violent pages arise. Revenge porn, sites dedicated to naming and shaming women, university "walk of shame" photo galleries and city-specific forums are depressingly commonplace.

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05 November 2013

Britons among 1,000 snared in webcam child sex sting The Guardian

More than 100 adults in the UK have been caught attempting to pay children to perform sex acts over the internet, according to a leading child protection agency.

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New Zealand police investigate claims of online 'rape club' ABC News

New Zealand police are investigating a gang of young males who boasted online about stupefying underage girls with alcohol then having group sex with them.

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29 October 2013

Warily, Schools Watch Students on the Internet New York Times

For years, a school principal's job was to make sure students were not creating a ruckus in the hallways or smoking in the bathroom. Vigilance ended at the schoolhouse gates.

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24 October 2013

Facebook trials warning messages on violent, sexual and sensitive content The Guardian

Facebook has begun to experiment with warning messages on some violent, sexual and sensitive content in the wake of the controversy over its decision to allow a graphic video of a beheading, the Guardian has learned.

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22 October 2013

Are teenagers really careless about online privacy? The Guardian

... At least, that's the assumption. But amid a rash of revelations about government surveillance, it seems it's wrong. Young people do care, a lot, about privacy - just not the kind of privacy that exercises their parents.

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21 October 2013

Children's internet use survey offers warning to parents The Guardian

Almost one in five primary school age children who responded to a survey on internet use claimed to have met somebody they had only previously known online. Half of those children said they went alone to meetings in parks, cinemas, fast food restaurants, shopping centres and private addresses. For those who did take somebody with them, half of companions were parents.

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Cyber-bullying now just a part of life, most British children believe The Independent

Cyber-bullying has become so commonplace that more than half of children in Britain accept that it is part of everyday life, a new study says today.

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17 October 2013

Live streamed videos of abuse and pay-per-view child rape among 'disturbing' cybercrime trends, Europol report reveals The Independent

Organised criminal networks are getting away with a "disturbing" and increasing trend of pay-per-view child rape which allows the viewer to direct the assault, according to a major cybercrime report published this week by the EU's law enforcement agency.

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16 October 2013

Facebook is a 'major location for online child sexual grooming', head of UK child protection agency says Daily Telegraph [UK]

Facebook is one of the UK's major online locations for child sex grooming, according to the head of Britain's top child abuse investigating agency.

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10 October 2013

Gambling on smartphones linked to rise in young people addicted to betting Daily Telegraph

Young people are becoming addicted to gambling because of the rise of betting sites which can be used on smartphones.

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