Child Protection&Online Safety

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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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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