Child Protection&Online Safety

11 July 2014

FTC sues Amazon over children’s in-app purchases Washington Post

Federal regulators announced Thursday they have filed a lawsuit against for allegedly making it too easy for children to make purchases when using mobile apps without a parent's permission.

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19 June 2014

Google Apps for Education mining data to develop targeted ads, experts warn ABC News

Cyber privacy consultants are warning that data generated on computers in classrooms across Australia is being used by internet giants like Google to develop profiles for targeted advertising.

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18 June 2014

Japan Bans Possession of Child Pornography After Years of Pressure New York Times

Yielding to years of pressure to fall in line with the rest of the developed world, Japan's Parliament outlawed the possession of child pornography on Wednesday, though it left a loophole for the nation's thriving industry of sometimes sexually explicit manga comics.

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17 June 2014

Tokyo finally acts to curb child pornography; Cyberbullying children rife in India Deutsche Welle

New laws will make it illegal in Japan to possess indecent images of children. But critics question the reasons behind the delay, saying the legislation is too little and comes much too late.

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07 June 2014

I still get abuse from Twitter trolls, says Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington The Guardian

She is one of Britain's most successful sportswomen and a double Olympic gold-medal winner, but the swimmer Rebecca Adlington has revealed that Twitter trolls repeatedly accused her of letting the country down after she won bronze in London 2012.

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05 June 2014

Japan to finally outlaw possession of child porn, but manga gets free pass Japan Times

A ban on the possession of child pornography came a step closer on Wednesday, but it would exclude pedophilia portrayed in manga.

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22 May 2014

Dozens charged in New York child porn swoop BBC News

A police officer, rabbi and a nurse were among more than 70 people arrested in the US for allegedly sharing child pornography online.

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02 May 2014

Live online streaming of child sex abuse an emerging trend, crime agency warns The Guardian

The live online streaming of real-time child sexual abuse is becoming an "emerging trend" that will grow over the next three years, according to Britain's organised crime fighters.

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18 April 2014

Netherlands arrest in Amanda Todd webcam blackmail case The Guardian

An arrest has been made in the Netherlands in the case of the Canadian teenager Amanda Todd who was blackmailed to expose herself in front of a webcam, Canadian police confirmed on Thursday. The 15-year-old later committed suicide after detailing her harassment on a YouTube video watched by millions around the world.

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05 April 2014

Dark reach of global child sex ring uncovered in UK had spread from US to Philippines The Independent

The global child sex ring was uncovered by British police officers when they raided the home of a man in the Northamptonshire town of Kettering

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30 March 2014

Does Porn Hurt Children? New York Times

Starting late last year, Internet service providers in Britain made "family-friendly filters," which block X-rated websites, the default for customers. Now any account holder who wants to view adult material needs to actively opt in -- effectively raising a hand to say, "Bring on the naughty."

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12 March 2014

Online child abuse images becoming 'more extreme, sadistic and violent' The Guardian

Online child abuse images are becoming more extreme, more sadistic and more violent, with a higher proportion depicting the abuse of younger children, a Home Office minister has said.

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11 March 2014

Self-harm sites and cyberbullying: the threat to children from web's dark side The Guardian

"Some of the images do scare me, especially if it's my friends. Once my friend cut lines down the side of his face as a 'Chelsea Smile', he put it online and it was the worst thing I had ever seen. He's my friend, I don't want to see him that upset. He got so much hate for it and ended up going into hibernation, nobody heard from him for over a week and we honestly thought he had killed himself."

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04 March 2014

Bitcoin being used to trade child abuse material, IWF warns The Guardian

Child abuse material is being stored, shared and sold by criminals hacking innocent sites on the open web, who are then using the cryptocurrency bitcoin to sell the material.

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01 March 2014

Nude Webcams and Diet Drugs: the Facebook Ads Teens Aren't Supposed to See Wall Street Journal

"Who do you like?" asked recent ads on Facebook, FB -0.46% featuring young women in alluring poses.

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18 February 2014

Online trolls are psychopaths and sadists, psychologists claim The Independent

Canadian researchers have confirmed what most people suspected all along: that internet trolls are archetypal Machiavellian sadists.

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11 February 2014

Internet security: British parents oblivious as 2m children targeted by strangers online, study suggests Daily Telegraph [UK]

Almost two million British children under 16 have targeted by strangers on the internet, often without their parents knowing, new research suggests.

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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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