Child Protection&Online Safety

02 October 2013

More than a million British youngsters being bullied online every day The Independent

More than a million young people are subjected to extreme online bullying every day in Britain, according to the biggest survey of internet abuse.

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26 September 2013

Porn, knives and drugs websites accessible on most public Wi-Fi The Guardian

More than half the UK's public Wi-Fi services allow access to pornography and adult content with no age verification, researchers have found.

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25 September 2013

Californian law gives teens right to delete web posts BBC News

California has passed a law that will enable under-18s to make websites delete their personal information.

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24 September 2013

Victims Push Laws to End Online Revenge Posts New York Times

... The photos would never be shared with anyone else, she remembers him promising. And she believed him -- until last December, more than a year after the couple broke up, when a dozen nude images of her popped up on a Web site focusing on what has become known as revenge porn. She is suing the site and her ex-boyfriend.

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20 September 2013

Paedophiles blackmail thousands of UK teens into online sex acts The Independent

Thousands of British children have been targeted by internet blackmailers, with many forced to use webcams to film themselves performing sex acts or self-mutilation because they fear having their naked pictures sent to their families, child protection experts warn today.

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14 September 2013

Girl's Suicide Points to Rise in Apps Used by Cyberbullies New York Times

The clues were buried in her bedroom. Before leaving for school on Monday morning, Rebecca Ann Sedwick had hidden her schoolbooks under a pile of clothes and left her cellphone behind, a rare lapse for a 12-year-old girl.

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08 September 2013

Dating sites accused of failing to protect women from men with history of abuse The Observer

Online dating sites are not doing enough to protect women from being targeted by stalkers and men convicted of domestic violence, according to a new anti-stalking charity.

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03 September 2013

Online trolling of women is linked to domestic violence, say campaigners The Guardian

Online trolling against women is linked to domestic violence and abuse, experts have warned, and should not be dismissed as "obnoxious but harmless" behaviour.

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28 August 2013

Overload of screen time 'causes depression in children' The Independent

British children who spend most time in front of televisions and computer screens have lower self-esteem and greater emotional problems, according to a study published today by Public Health England.

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23 August 2013

US teenage mobile users do worry about privacy, says Pew CNET

Teenagers who use mobile apps do take steps to safeguard their privacy, according to a report released Thursday by the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project.

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South Africa 'cracks child porn ring with global links' BBC News

South Africa's police have arrested six men suspected of being part of an international child pornography ring, a spokesman has said.

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19 August 2013 unveils changes to safety policy BBC News

Social networking site has unveiled changes to make its site safer after recent online bullying cases.

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16 August 2013

Apple adds new rules on children's apps to iOS developer guidelines The Guardian

Apple has paved the way for the launch of its new Kids category on its App Store by adding new rules for children's apps to its developer guidelines.

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12 August 2013

NSPCC study finds that cyberbullies target 'one in five children' The Observer

One in five children say they have been victims of cyberbullying on social media sites during the last year, as messages continue to be posted threatening fellow users with rape or violence.

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09 August 2013 loses advertisers as Cameron calls for 'irresponsible websites' boycott The Guardian

The controversial social media website was facing a haemorrhage of big corporate advertisers Thursday as David Cameron called for a boycott of "irresponsible websites" following the death of a 14-year-old who killed herself after being bullied online.

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08 August 2013

Children's Advocacy Group Faults Learning Apps for Babies New York Times

he Walt Disney Company's "Baby Einstein" videos do not turn babies into prodigies. And despite marketing claims by Fisher-Price, its popular "Laugh & Learn" mobile apps may not teach babies language or counting skills, according to a complaint filed on Wednesday with the Federal Trade Commission.

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Hannah Smith suicide: UK MPs call for education in social-media awareness The Guardian

The government has been accused of not doing enough to tackle online abuse directed at children, following the death of a 14-year-old Hannah Smith, who became the latest child to kill herself after being bullied online.

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07 August 2013

Cyberbullying on social networks spawning form of self-harm The Guardian

Some vulnerable children on social networks plagued by cyberbullying are using the sites as a form of self-harm, charities warned on Tuesday, after a 14-year-old girl killed herself after being bullied online.

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06 August 2013

Child abuse sites on Tor compromised by malware BBC News

A service accused of helping distribute child abuse images on a hidden part of the internet has been compromised.

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03 August 2013

Twitter issues new rules to crack down on abuse The Guardian

Twitter has issued new rules to try to clamp down on abusive behaviour in the wake of rape and bomb threats made against female journalists, an MP and a feminist campaigner.

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Jimmy Wales: David Cameron's porn filter idea is ridiculous and will fail The Guardian

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, one of David Cameron's most high-profile technology advisers, has rubbished plans to introduce porn filters through the UK's internet service providers, dismissing the proposals as "ridiculous" and saying money would be better spent on policing internet crime.

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28 July 2013

Microsoft's Bing introduces child abuse search pop-ups BBC News

Microsoft's Bing search engine has become the first to introduce pop-up warnings for people in the UK who seek out online images of child abuse.

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26 July 2013

The Economist explains: How will Britain's porn filters work? The Economist

On July 23rd, just in time for the traditional summer news drought, David Cameron, Britain's prime minister, announced a crackdown on online pornography. Prompted by a particularly nasty murder of a young girl, the prime minister argued that online search engines were, in effect, the handmaidens of paedophiles, and pledged to force them to do more to ensure that pictures of child abuse stayed off the nation's computers. (Search firms might point out that they already watch their search indexes for child porn, and remove it as soon as they become aware of it.)

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Blocking porn: Social conservatism and old media win out over the white heat of technology The Economist

It is not the first time that the widely reported killing of a child has sparked a debate about censorship. In 1993 John Major, then prime minister, argued that a "relentless diet of screen violence" was one factor behind murders such as that of two-year-old Jamie Bulger. On July 22nd, after meeting the mother of a child murdered by a paedophile, David Cameron announced "as a father" new curbs on online pornography, both of the legal sort (which he fears children see) and of the illegal sort (involving children).

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25 July 2013

Online child abuse - the addict's story - 'I was curious about images of teenage girls on the internet – a bit like car crashes. There's a fatal fascination' The Independent

Redacting search engine results and sending warnings to people trying to access images of child pornography online are two approaches the Government has announced to combating paedophilia. But with more than 50,000 people in the UK looking at or downloading underage porn each year, child campaigners say much more needs to be done.

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