Child Protection&Online Safety

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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10 April 2018

YouTube illegally collects data on children, say child protection groups The Guardian

A coalition of 23 child advocacy, consumer and privacy groups have filed a complaint with the US Federal Trade Commission alleging that Google is violating child protection laws by collecting personal data of and advertising to those aged under 13.

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07 March 2018

Facebook asks users: should we allow men to ask children for sexual images? The Guardian

Facebook has admitted it was a “mistake” to ask users whether paedophiles requesting sexual pictures from children should be allowed on its website.

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28 February 2018

Social media firms 'failing' to tackle cyber-bullying BBC News

Social networks' failure to tackle cyber-bullying is risking the mental health of young people, a Children's Society survey has found.

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27 February 2018

Social media firms failing to protect young people, survey finds The Guardian

Social media companies such as Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter have been accused of failing to protect young people from harassment after a cyberbullying inquiry found that online abuse severely affects their mental health.

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30 December 2017

Estimated 20,000 British men interested in sexually abusing children The Guardian

The police chief in charge of child protection says tens of thousands of British men have shown an interest in sexually abusing children.

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27 December 2017

YouTube a shop window for child abuse videos The Times

Child predators are using YouTube as a “shop window” to showcase abused children before exchanging explicit footage and images with paedophiles around the world.

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05 December 2017

BBC launches Own It website to help under-12s navigate online risks The Guardian

Tony Hall, the director-general of the BBC, has said the corporation can help “minimise the risks” for children in the digital world, as he announced its new website for nine to 12-year-olds.

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03 December 2017

Young women build their identities online and put themselves at risk of harm, NZ report finds Stuff

Young women build, or "curate" their identities online, while boys are more likely to interact with "randoms" in online games, a new Ministry for Women and Netsafe report finds.

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20 November 2017

UK's House of Lords push for new regulations to protect children online The Observer

Technology firms could be subjected to tough new regulations to protect the privacy and mental health of children as a result of a cross-party campaign that is likely to inflict a defeat on the government within weeks.

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Sexting creating legal minefield for teenagers - and the Australian courts system ABC News

When young people find themselves caught up in the criminal justice system on serious charges relating to sexting practices, it's often a conundrum for sentencing judges.

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17 November 2017

Child sex abuse live streams rising at 'alarming rate' amid surge in 'cybersex trafficking' The Independent

A new form of human trafficking that sees children forced to carry out sex acts while being live-streamed for paedophiles to watch online is growing at an “alarming rate”, a charity has warned.

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13 November 2017

YouTube to clamp down on disturbing kids' videos such as dark Peppa Pig The Guardian

YouTube has announced a clampdown on disturbing and inappropriate children’s videos, following accusations that the site enabled “infrastructural violence” through the long-run effects of its content recommendation system.

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19 October 2017

Child sex abuse rising with Internet use in Southeast Asia Reuters

Rising internet use in Southeast Asia is fuelling the spread of material that is abusive and sexually exploitative of children, particularly as growing numbers of young people put footage of themselves online, an Australian police expert said on Tuesday.

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12 October 2017

Google and Facebook to be asked to pay to help UK tackle cyberbullying The Guardian

Internet companies such as Google and Facebook are to be asked to pay for measures to combat and raise awareness about online bullying and other web dangers, under a UK government internet safety strategy outlined on Wednesday.

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