Child Protection&Online Safety

03 December 2014

Child abuse database containing millions of images to launch in UK BBC News

Data taken from tens of millions of child abuse photos and videos will shortly be used as part of a new police system to aid investigations into suspected paedophiles across the UK.

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Cyber bullying: Australian government crackdown to target social media sites ABC News

Social media sites will be targeted under plans by the Abbott Government to crack down on the cyber bullying of children.

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14 November 2014

Number of British children who are victims of cyberbullying doubles in a year The Guardian

The number of children being bullied on the internet has doubled in the past year, with more than one in three victims, research suggests.

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10 November 2014

Web of abuse grows as online bullies spread malice The Saturday Paper

It started, ostensibly at least, with an online debate about Ched Evans - a British soccer player who escaped fame but found notoriety after his conviction for rape in 2012. Last month he was freed from jail. Evans, just 25, wants to play soccer again. To that end, he released a video professing his innocence and describing the incident as regrettable but "consensual" infidelity. An online petition opposing his reinstatement to the professional leagues attracted more than 150,000 signatures.

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09 November 2014

Revealed: how pressures of online life undermine teenage girls' self-esteem The Observer

The self-esteem of teenage girls has fallen significantly since the start of the economic downturn seven years ago and the boom in the use of social media and online communication, a major survey of 30,000 school pupils has revealed.

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05 November 2014

Mental health of children and young people 'at risk in digital age' The Guardian

Violent video games, the sharing of indecent images on mobile phones, and other types of digital communications, are harming young people's mental health, MPs warned on Wednesday, amid evidence of big increases in self-harm and serious psychological problems among the under-18s.

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30 October 2014

Child sex exploitation is a 'social norm’, damning UK report finds Daily Telegraph [UK]

Music videos, "selfies" and "sexting" have led to the sexual exploitation of children becoming the "norm" in some areas, a report claims.

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22 October 2014

Webcam sex with fake girl Sweetie leads to sentence BBC News

A man in Australia is believed to be the first to have been convicted as the result of an undercover sting in which charity workers posed online as a 10-year-old Filipina.

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20 October 2014

Internet trolls face four times longer in jail, UK justice secretary pledges The Guardian

Internet trolls who spread "venom" on social media could be jailed for up to two years, the justice secretary Chris Grayling has said as he announced plans to quadruple the maximum prison sentence.

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08 October 2014

Sexting by teens not linked to risky behaviour over time - study Reuters

More than one-quarter of teens engage in sexting and those who send explicit photos of themselves are more likely to become sexually active a year later, according to a study published on Monday.

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30 September 2014

Revenge porn: British children as young as 11 are victims - with less than 5% of cases being prosecuted The Independent

Children as young as 11 have been the victims of "revenge pornography", police have revealed, with new figures showing less than 5 per cent of cases lead to a prosecution because of legal loopholes.

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18 September 2014

Germany to toughen penalties against child porn Reuters

Germany is seeking to widen its definition of child pornography and jail people for up to three years for owning or trading photographs of naked children that are considered pornographic, according to a new draft law.

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20 August 2014

Most British teenagers think internet pornography is damaging, poll finds The Guardian

Internet pornography is having a damaging impact on young people's views about sex and puts pressure on girls to look and act a certain way, according to a poll of 500 British teenagers.

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07 August 2014

Microsoft tip leads to child porn arrest in Pennsylvania BBC News

A tip-off from Microsoft has led to the arrest of a man in Pennsylvania who has been charged with receiving and sharing child abuse images.

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05 August 2014

Google tipped off US police over emailed child abuse images The Guardian

A tip-off from Google about the contents of a Gmail account led to the arrest of a 41-year-old Texan for possession of child abuse material, police revealed last week.

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29 July 2014

New Australian national network for reporting online child sexual abuse content ACMA

Australian efforts against the trade in online child sexual abuse material have been significantly strengthened with the finalisation of formal agreements between the Australian Communications and Media Authority and the police forces of Queensland and Victoria.

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23 July 2014

British teenagers who share 'sexts' could face prosecution, police warn The Guardian

A police force has warned schoolchildren who share so-called "sexts" with friends over the internet that they could face prosecution in the criminal courts.

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18 July 2014

Online child abuse reports surge, says US watchdog BBC News

There has been a dramatic rise in reports of child abuse images posted to commonly used parts of the internet, according to a US watchdog.

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17 July 2014

British police fear being overwhelmed as 660 suspects are arrested over paedophilia The Guardian

Britain's senior police officers said they were at risk of being overwhelmed by an unprecedented number of child abuse investigations after the arrest of 660 suspected paedophiles.

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UK child sex abuse arrests: Police hold hundreds of suspected paedophiles including doctors, police officers and teachers The Independent

Police have arrested 660 suspected paedophiles including doctors, teachers and former police officers in one of the largest operations of its kind.

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11 July 2014

FTC sues Amazon over children’s in-app purchases Washington Post

Federal regulators announced Thursday they have filed a lawsuit against for allegedly making it too easy for children to make purchases when using mobile apps without a parent's permission.

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19 June 2014

Google Apps for Education mining data to develop targeted ads, experts warn ABC News

Cyber privacy consultants are warning that data generated on computers in classrooms across Australia is being used by internet giants like Google to develop profiles for targeted advertising.

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18 June 2014

Japan Bans Possession of Child Pornography After Years of Pressure New York Times

Yielding to years of pressure to fall in line with the rest of the developed world, Japan's Parliament outlawed the possession of child pornography on Wednesday, though it left a loophole for the nation's thriving industry of sometimes sexually explicit manga comics.

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17 June 2014

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

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.

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07 June 2014

I still get abuse from Twitter trolls, says Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington The Guardian

She is one of Britain's most successful sportswomen and a double Olympic gold-medal winner, but the swimmer Rebecca Adlington has revealed that Twitter trolls repeatedly accused her of letting the country down after she won bronze in London 2012.

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