Child Protection&Online Safety

18 June 2016

Vile online abuse against British women MPs ‘needs to be challenged now’ The Guardian

Less than two weeks ago, Tulip Siddiq, the Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, was talking about the online abuse she was regularly getting, including death threats. "If I could I would kill you," was just one of them. "Being a female politician, there is no way you are going to avoid abuse. I don't know anyone who has not had to deal with it," she said, adding it could be "frightening and upsetting" and that a group of female MPs had an unofficial support group to deal with it. But at the same time, she also brushed off the effects on her. In an interview with the Sunday Times, she described herself as "a tough middle child" who wouldn't be silenced. Now, the day after the devastating murder of the Labour MP Jo Cox, she doesn't sound so sure. "When I spoke about it before, I was one of those who shrugged it off and said I was not as affected by it as other people," she says. "I felt I could handle it and not let it get to me. What I do know is that what happened to Jo has changed the environment."

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07 June 2016

Most 18-year-olds say young people at risk online, Unicef poll finds The Guardian

Eight out of 10 18-year-olds worldwide believe young people are in danger of being sexually abused or taken advantage of online, a Unicef study suggests.

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16 May 2016

Lux captured: The simple error that brought down the world's worst hurtcore paedophile The Age

Police knew there was a house on the outer fringes of suburban Melbourne, in South Morang. A family home. Mother, father, son and daughter.

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10 May 2016

How revenge porn sites rely on legal loopholes and anonymity The Guardian

One of the most difficult things about tackling revenge porn is the sheer number of channels by which it is distributed.

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27 April 2016

Revenge porn: the industry profiting from online abuse The Guardian

Six years ago, Rebekah Wells Googled her name to see what turned up. The results horrified her: nude photos of herself taken by her ex-boyfriend, along with her name and address, on commercial porn sites such as ImageFlea, ImageEarn and PinkMeth.

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21 April 2016

Criminals hide child abuse images behind legal porn sites The Guardian

People viewing or searching for adult pornography online face the risk of being arrested for accessing child abuse images because paedophiles are increasingly hiding criminal content on legal commercial websites, the Internet Watch Foundation has warned.

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14 April 2016

Senior UK Tory calls on government to overhaul internet abuse laws The Guardian

Britain needs better internet laws to stop online abuse that may be creating a nightmare for society in future, Maria Miller, the Conservative former culture secretary and equalities minister, has said.

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12 April 2016

The women abandoned to their online abusers The Guardian

For the past 16 months, Suzanne Fernandes has been targeted online with racial abuse, pornography and death threats. The two individuals she believes are responsible share many similarities: an interest in far-right politics, an ability to create multiple anonymous fake social media accounts, and past convictions for extreme internet harassment.

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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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