Child Protection&Online Safety

05 August 2019

The Trauma of Revenge Porn: We should call it 'cyberrape,' not free speech. New York Times

It was April 2008 when I took my first prescription anxiety pill. It helped calm the fear I felt whenever I spotted my ex-boyfriend driving behind me on my way home from work.

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29 June 2019

French online hate speech bill aims to wipe out racist trolling The Guardian

France’s tough new law against online hatred aims to wipe out racist and homophobic trolling on social networks and could be replicated across Europe, according to the politician spearheading it as she faces daily racist abuse on Twitter.

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06 June 2019

YouTube to Remove Thousands of Videos Pushing Extreme Views New York Times

YouTube announced plans on Wednesday to remove thousands of videos and channels that advocate neo-Nazism, white supremacy and other bigoted ideologies in an attempt to clean up extremism and hate speech on its popular service.

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05 June 2019

On YouTube's Digital Playground, an Open Gate for Pedophiles New York Times

The site’s automated recommendation system, at times drawing on home movies of unwitting families, created a vast video catalog of prepubescent children.

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22 May 2019

Is 'Digital Addiction' a Real Threat to Kids? New York Times

Think of screens as something to handle in moderation, like food, rather than something without any healthy place in our lives, like heroin, experts say.

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14 May 2019

More than 144,000 accessing child sex abuse images through dark web in Britain The Independent

Tens of thousands of individuals accessing the most harmful categories of child abuse images through the dark web are in part fuelling the “truly staggering” level of serious and organised crime in the UK.

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12 May 2019

Social media boycott 'may be only way to protect children' The Guardian

A public boycott of social media may be the only way to force companies to protect children from abuse, the country’s leading child protection police officer has said.

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07 May 2019

How the U.K. Won't Keep Porn Away From Teens New York Times

Complying with a new law, the largest online porn company has set itself up to be the youth gatekeeper of British smut. What could go wrong?

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20 February 2019

Child abuse images being traded via secure apps BBC News

Images of child sexual abuse and stolen credit card numbers are being openly traded on encrypted apps, a BBC investigation has found.

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24 January 2019

Around 151,000 New Zealand adults impacted by image-based sexual abuse New Zealand Herald

Revenge porn and online image-based sexual abuse has impacted around 151,000 adults in New Zealand, new research has found.

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23 January 2019

UK charity reports rise in takedowns of child abuse imagery The Guardian

A charity tasked with removing child abuse imagery from the internet has warned of a “horrifying” increase in the amount of material it has had to take down over the past year.

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17 January 2019

YouTube bans dangerous or harmful pranks BBC News

YouTube clips that depict dangerous or emotionally distressing “pranks” have been banned from the platform.

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06 December 2018

Chief censor set to reveal all about Kiwi teens' harmful porn habits Stuff

Pornography is shaping children's attitudes towards sex and leading to increased child on child assault, research reveals.

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30 October 2018

Your Kid's Apps Are Crammed With Ads New York Times

In a new study of the most downloaded apps for children ages 5 and younger, researchers found advertising in almost all of them.

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10 October 2018

The true cost of cyberbullying to NZ: $444m each year New Zealand Herald

The cost of cyberbulling in New Zealand is costing individuals, communities and support organisations $444 million a year, a new report reveals.

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30 September 2018

UK Government orders chief medical officer to draw up guidelines on social media time limits The Independent

Britain's chief medical officer has been instructed by health secretary Matt Hancock to draw up official guidelines on time limits for social media use.

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22 August 2018

Women rejected these men on dating apps - then the abuse started ABC News

Alexandra Tweten was in her 20s when, like thousands before her, she signed up for online dating.

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25 June 2018

Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse New York Times

The people who called into the help hotlines and domestic violence shelters said they felt as if they were going crazy.

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22 June 2018

Internet firms are failing to tackle child abuse images, police chief says The Guardian

Internet companies have the technology to stop most of the digital child abuse images circulating among paedophiles but are failing to do so, a senior police official has said.

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04 June 2018

Trolls, fanboys and lurkers: improving online commenting culture The Conversation

... While they may seem benign compared with the sort of violent and vulgar comments that are synonymous with cyberbullying, they are examples of the uncivil and antisocial behaviour that plagues the internet.

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17 May 2018

Hate speech in the age of the Internet InternetNZ

The first of InternetNZ’s popular Speaker Series for 2018 Hate and the Internet will open the floor for a conversation on Internet trolls and hateful comments – from race and religion, to sexual orientation, disability, and gender and our right to freedom of expression.

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15 May 2018

Growing number of children groomed to film own sexual abuse The Guardian

Children are being coerced and blackmailed into live-streaming their own sexual abuse from their own homes, researchers have found.

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Stay safe online: a guide for parents and children by Will Gardner, CEO of Childnet International Internet Watch Foundation

The release of the Internet Watch Foundation’s new online live-streaming research, titled Trends in Online Child Sexual Exploitation: Examining the Distribution of Captures of Live-streamed Child Sexual Abuse may have concerned some parents.

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23 April 2018

Safeguards for social media 'inadequate', says UK health secretary The Guardian

The health secretary Jeremy Hunt launched a blistering attack on Sunday on social media companies for “turning a blind eye” to emotional problems and mental health damage suffered by children who have uncontrolled access to their online platforms.

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18 April 2018

Steep rise in child abuse images online, charity reports BBC News

The Internet Watch Foundation says it is finding more images of child sexual abuse online than ever before, according to its annual report.

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