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

Posted in: Child Protection&Online Safety at 17/06/2014 12:07

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.

When the first amendment to the law that made it a criminal offence to produce or distribute pornographic images of minors was passed in 2004, children's rights groups in Japan believed they had made a breakthrough. The legislation, after all, included a clause that stated authorities would take steps to verify that enforcement of the law was being carried out appropriately within three years. But it has taken a decade.

Before the end of June, the Japanese parliament is expected to pass a law that makes it illegal for anyone to possess explicitly sexual images of children, finally bringing this country into line with the rest of the developed world.

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Majority of children in India face cyberbullying but parents don't think so: report
With easy access to Internet and smart gadgets, a growing number of children in the country today are falling prey to cyberbullying, security software firm Symantec today said. However, more disturbing is the fact that a majority of the parents don't feel their child is being bullied online.

According to a report by Norton (a Symantec brand), 52 percent of the children surveyed in India said they were victims of cybercrime and/or had online negative situation. About 18 per cent said they had been bullied online. However, 84 percent of the parents surveyed in the country said they did not feel that their child was being bullied online, The Norton Report: Family Edition said.

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