Child Protection&Online Safety

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

Ask.fm unveils changes to safety policy BBC News

Social networking site Ask.fm 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

Ask.fm loses advertisers as Cameron calls for 'irresponsible websites' boycott The Guardian

The controversial social media website ask.fm 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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23 July 2013

David Cameron's internet pornography fight muddles two separate issues The Guardian

The Daily Mail's preening claim to have "won" the battle against internet pornography had an appropriate sidebar beside it online, showing multiple celebrities wearing teeny bikinis and flaunting their curves. Such is the contradiction of David Cameron's "war" on porn on the web.

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22 July 2013

UK government to 'drain the market' of online child sex abuse The Guardian

The British government plans to "drain the market" of child sexual abuse images online by launching a major campaign with the police and internet companies to pursue both the publishers and those who access the material, David Cameron has said.

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David Cameron cracks down on violent internet porn The Independent

Possessing pornography that depicts simulated rape is to become a criminal offence in England and Wales, David Cameron will announce today, as he pledges to make Britain a place where there is a "sense of right and wrong".

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21 July 2013

Prime Minister David Cameron to press Google over 'complicity' in porn Independent on Sunday

David Cameron will tomorrow step up the pressure on Google, Facebook and other internet companies over online porn, suggesting they are complicit in allowing indecent images to be hosted and accessed.

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20 July 2013

Child sex abuse online: the people who watch it to remove it The Guardian

Behind the locked doors in a side office at the Internet Watch Foundation, half a dozen analysts are finishing lunch at their desks. Emma Thomas scrapes from a bowl the last of her tomato and pasta soup, sitting in front of her computer, where she has spent the morning watching 30 videos of child sexual abuse.

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19 July 2013

Most porn-on-demand services are beyond UK regulation, warns watchdog The Independent

Most porn on demand services available to British internet users are operated from outside the UK putting them beyond UK regulation, a regulator has warned.

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16 July 2013

'Active Choice ' vs 'Default On': Revealed, how Cameron's crackdown on internet pornography became an exercise in rebranding The Independent

Internet providers have been secretly asked by the Government to make it appear they are offering greater protection against children accessing internet pornography purely for political benefit, according to a leaked letter.

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