Child Protection&Online Safety

20 March 2015

Monica Lewinsky calls for a more compassionate internet BBC News

Monica Lewinsky has taken to the stage at the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference to call for a more compassionate internet.

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11 March 2015

'Horrifying' report reveals hundreds of children are allowing strangers to view them in sexual poses via webcams The Independent

Children as young as seven are posting explicit images of themselves on the internet and allowing strangers to view them in sexual poses in their bedrooms via webcams, a "horrifying" new report has warned.

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09 February 2015

Ban racists from Twitter and Facebook, say British MPs BBC News

Social media users who spread racial hatred should be banned from sites such as Twitter and Facebook, MPs say.

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20 January 2015

Sexting laws unclear to teenagers as courts see increase in underage sex cases: Australian legal community ABC News

The law in Australia is struggling to keep up with teenagers having underage sex and using mobiles to send explicit photos to each other.

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Dating apps found 'leaking' location data BBC News

Many mobile dating apps can be hacked to expose the exact location of users, warn security experts.

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14 January 2015

Facebook restricts violent video clips and photos BBC News

Facebook has begun placing warnings over videos posted to its site, stating their contents might "shock, offend and upset" if viewed.

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10 January 2015

EFF lays out plan to end online harassment Computerworld

The Electronic Frontier Foundation on Thursday expanded its focus with a blog entry identifying online harassment as a digital rights issue that stands in the way of true freedom of speech.

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02 January 2015

Cleanse web of all child abuse images, urges NSPCC chief The Guardian

The head of the NSPCC has called for the removal of all child abuse images from the internet.

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31 December 2014

Over 80 Percent of Dark-Web Visits Relate to Pedophilia, Study Finds Wired

The mysterious corner of the Internet known as the Dark Web is designed to defy all attempts to identify its inhabitants. But one group of researchers has attempted to shed new light on what those users are doing under the cover of anonymity. Their findings indicate that an overwhelming majority of their traffic is driven by the Dark Web's darkest activity: the sexual abuse of children.

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28 December 2014

Pornographic videos flood YouTube Video-sharing website BBC News

Video-sharing website YouTube has removed hundreds of pornographic videos which were uploaded in what is believed to be a planned attack.

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11 December 2014

New British police unit will track down paedophiles on dark net The Independent

A drive to track down and arrest paedophiles who share images of sexual abuse around the world on the "dark net" will be announced today by David Cameron.

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03 December 2014

Twitter unveils new system for reporting abuse The Guardian

Twitter unveiled a new system for reporting abuse on Tuesday and rolled it out to a small group of users, with plans to expand it in the coming weeks.

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Child abuse database containing millions of images to launch in UK BBC News

Data taken from tens of millions of child abuse photos and videos will shortly be used as part of a new police system to aid investigations into suspected paedophiles across the UK.

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Cyber bullying: Australian government crackdown to target social media sites ABC News

Social media sites will be targeted under plans by the Abbott Government to crack down on the cyber bullying of children.

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14 November 2014

Number of British children who are victims of cyberbullying doubles in a year The Guardian

The number of children being bullied on the internet has doubled in the past year, with more than one in three victims, research suggests.

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10 November 2014

Web of abuse grows as online bullies spread malice The Saturday Paper

It started, ostensibly at least, with an online debate about Ched Evans - a British soccer player who escaped fame but found notoriety after his conviction for rape in 2012. Last month he was freed from jail. Evans, just 25, wants to play soccer again. To that end, he released a video professing his innocence and describing the incident as regrettable but "consensual" infidelity. An online petition opposing his reinstatement to the professional leagues attracted more than 150,000 signatures.

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09 November 2014

Revealed: how pressures of online life undermine teenage girls' self-esteem The Observer

The self-esteem of teenage girls has fallen significantly since the start of the economic downturn seven years ago and the boom in the use of social media and online communication, a major survey of 30,000 school pupils has revealed.

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05 November 2014

Mental health of children and young people 'at risk in digital age' The Guardian

Violent video games, the sharing of indecent images on mobile phones, and other types of digital communications, are harming young people's mental health, MPs warned on Wednesday, amid evidence of big increases in self-harm and serious psychological problems among the under-18s.

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30 October 2014

Child sex exploitation is a 'social norm’, damning UK report finds Daily Telegraph [UK]

Music videos, "selfies" and "sexting" have led to the sexual exploitation of children becoming the "norm" in some areas, a report claims.

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22 October 2014

Webcam sex with fake girl Sweetie leads to sentence BBC News

A man in Australia is believed to be the first to have been convicted as the result of an undercover sting in which charity workers posed online as a 10-year-old Filipina.

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20 October 2014

Internet trolls face four times longer in jail, UK justice secretary pledges The Guardian

Internet trolls who spread "venom" on social media could be jailed for up to two years, the justice secretary Chris Grayling has said as he announced plans to quadruple the maximum prison sentence.

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08 October 2014

Sexting by teens not linked to risky behaviour over time - study Reuters

More than one-quarter of teens engage in sexting and those who send explicit photos of themselves are more likely to become sexually active a year later, according to a study published on Monday.

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30 September 2014

Revenge porn: British children as young as 11 are victims - with less than 5% of cases being prosecuted The Independent

Children as young as 11 have been the victims of "revenge pornography", police have revealed, with new figures showing less than 5 per cent of cases lead to a prosecution because of legal loopholes.

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18 September 2014

Germany to toughen penalties against child porn Reuters

Germany is seeking to widen its definition of child pornography and jail people for up to three years for owning or trading photographs of naked children that are considered pornographic, according to a new draft law.

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20 August 2014

Most British teenagers think internet pornography is damaging, poll finds The Guardian

Internet pornography is having a damaging impact on young people's views about sex and puts pressure on girls to look and act a certain way, according to a poll of 500 British teenagers.

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