Child Protection&Online Safety

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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20 November 2013

Facebook and Twitter should block anonymous messages – UK PM's adviser The Guardian

Twitter and Facebook should let users block anonymous messages if they are serious about stopping bullying and trolling on social media sites, David Cameron's adviser on child internet safety has said.

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19 November 2013

UK's online child abuse monitor to tackle peer-to-peer networks The Guardian

The UK's key internet monitoring service is to begin investigating illegal child abuse material on restricted parts of the internet that it does not have access to.

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David Cameron: GCHQ will be brought in to tackle child abuse images The Guardian

GCHQ will be brought in to tackle the problem of child abuse material being shared on peer-to-peer networks, the prime minister has revealed.

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18 November 2013

Google and Microsoft to block abuse web searches The Independent

Internet searches for child abuse images will be blocked for the first time by Microsoft and Google after months of mounting pressure.

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Laboring In The Shadows To Keep The Web Free Of Child Porn NPR

On Thursday, authorities in Canada announced the bust of an enormous international . It was the end of a three-year investigation into a website that trafficked in illicit videos of young boys. More than 300 people have been arrested in connection with the videos, 76 of them in the United States.

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15 November 2013

Hundreds held over Canada child porn BBC News

Police in Canada say 348 people have been arrested and nearly 400 children rescued during a three-year investigation into child pornography.

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06 November 2013

Roast Busters: we can't let such Facebook groups thrive The Guardian

Internet forums created for men to discuss their sexual "conquests" are nothing new. There is an entire online community of "pick up artists" dedicated to reducing women to rating systems and helpless victims of evolutionary psychology. Sometimes, more disgusting and violent pages arise. Revenge porn, sites dedicated to naming and shaming women, university "walk of shame" photo galleries and city-specific forums are depressingly commonplace.

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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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