Child Protection&Online Safety

06 April 2016

We must never forget that children in sexual abuse material online are real The Guardian

Mick Moran has a clear, strong message: "People need to realise, these are kids being abused to produce this material. These are children, real children in these images."

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04 April 2016

Teenage Sexting Is Not Child Porn New York Times

Teenagers who sext are in a precarious legal position. Though in most states teenagers who are close in age can legally have consensual sex, if they create and share sexually explicit images of themselves, they are technically producing, distributing or possessing child pornography. The laws that cover this situation, passed decades ago, were meant to apply to adults who exploited children and require those convicted under them to register as sex offenders.

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26 March 2016

Children as young as seven caught sexting at school, UK study reveals The Guardian

More than half of teachers are aware of incidents of children sextingat their school, including primary-school pupils as young as seven, according to a study by one teaching union.

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15 February 2016

Paedophiles use secret Facebook groups to swap images BBC News

Paedophiles are using secret groups on Facebook to post and swap obscene images of children, the BBC has found.

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22 January 2016

Expose cyberbullies, says Sir Tim Berners-Lee BBC News

The inventor of the world wide web has said there should be an option to disclose the identity of cyberbullies.

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25 November 2015

YouTube Kids App Faces New Complaints Over Ads for Junk Food New York Times

Visit YouTube Kids and typically it will not be long before promotions for junk food appear. The advertisements regularly show up in the form of funny contests and animated stories.

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16 October 2015

German police warn parents over Facebook pictures of children BBC News

A German police force has warned parents against posting photographs of their children to Facebook publicly.

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12 October 2015

Liberal MP breaks ranks with Australian government to support Labor revenge porn bill The Guardian

Liberal backbencher Karen McNamara has broken ranks with her Coalition colleagues to support Labor legislation aimed at punishing people who share intimate sexual imagery without consent, a practice known as revenge porn.

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Revenge porn: 175 cases reported to UK police in six months The Guardian

Nearly 200 cases of revenge porn have been reported to police in the past six months by victims as young as 12, according to the largest collection of official figures to date.

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28 September 2015

Urgent action needed to combat online violence against women & girls, says new UN report: Millions affected globally, but most countries still failing to effectively address growing problem International Telecommunication Union

A new report released today by the United Nations Broadband Commission reveals that almost three quarters of women online have been exposed to some form of cyber violence, and urges governments and industry to work harder and more effectively together to better protect the growing number of women and girls who are victims of online threats and harassment.

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23 September 2015

Cyberbullying 'worse than face-to-face' abuse, suggests global research BBC News

One-in-five young people has been cyberbullied, according to a research across 11 countries.

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27 August 2015

'Dark net' paedophilia: Prosecutors fear more children falling prey to secret abuse networks ABC News

As revealed by the ABC, scores of children have been saved from abuse after an elaborate sting by Queensland Police detectives who adopted the online persona of paedophile Shannon McCoole, the administrator of a secret online abuse network with 45,000 members.

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26 August 2015

Secret 'dark net' operation saves scores of children from abuse; ringleader Shannon McCoole behind bars after police take over child porn site ABC News

Scores of children have been saved from abuse after an elaborate sting by Queensland Police led to the identification and arrest of key members of a global online sex abuse network.

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18 August 2015

Age ratings enforced for UK-produced music videos on YouTube and Vevo The Guardian

Clear age ratings will be displayed on UK-produced music videos on YouTube and Vevo, as the government seeks to protect children from inappropriate content online.

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10 August 2015

Google, Facebook and Twitter to block 'hash lists' of child abuse BBC News

Web giants Google, Facebook and Twitter have joined forces with a British charity in a bid to remove millions of indecent child images from the net.

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23 July 2015

Microsoft seeks revenge porn removal requests BBC News

Microsoft is inviting "revenge porn" victims to use an online form to help it restrict access to the images.

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22 July 2015

Scale of child abuse images online is 'shocking', says NSPCC The Guardian

Two people are being convicted of child abuse image crimes every day on average, two years after a government pledge to crack down on the offence, the NSPCC says.

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21 July 2015

Men who harass women online are quite literally losers, new study finds Washington Post

Here's a research finding that should surprise no one: The men most likely to harass women online ... are the men most likely to have their own problems.

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20 June 2015

Google announces plan to remove sexually explicit 'revenge porn' from search results ABC News

Google says it is taking steps to remove sexually explicit images of people posted without their consent - known as "revenge porn" - from their search results.

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18 June 2015

Police investigate 'revenge porn' website allegedly showing South Australian woman ABC News

A international website sharing "intimate images" of women believed to be from South Australia is under investigation by SA Police.

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08 June 2015

Online abuse is a real problem. This US congresswoman wants the FBI to treat it like one. Washington Post

There are a lot of problems with the way we deal with the thorny issue of online harassment. As a recent Supreme Court ruling on harassment shows, the country's best legal minds are still grappling with how to deal with threats made on the Web. Few deny that online abuse occurs; when it comes to addressing it, however, there seem to be a lot of roadblocks in the way.

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06 June 2015

Fighting online abuse of children has driven it underground - report The Guardian

A pan-European drive to use the financial system to fight online child abuse has succeeded in reducing sales of child abuse material using conventional payment systems - but research suggests that abusers have been driven underground, turning to anonymiser technologies to evade law enforcement, and bitcoin to pay for material.

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05 June 2015

Hardcore internet pornography 'most prominent sexual educator' for young people, experts say ABC News

"Some boys or girls, they expect that sex is violent -- [that] it is OK to use chains or whips, to hurt someone."

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07 May 2015

How Google and other tech firms fight child exploitation Washington Post

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt accepted a major award from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Tuesday night, at a benefit that highlighted how technology can help fight child abuse.

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If we are to live in a free society, teenagers must be allowed to sext one another The Independent

When laws enacted to protect children from abuse end up ruining ordinary teenagers' lives, you can't help but think: what on earth is going on?

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