Child Protection&Online Safety

01 March 2017

To stop paedophiles, we need to help them. But no one wants to hear that The Guardian

Simon Bailey, the head of Operation Hydrant, which investigates historical cases of child sexual abuse, says police are being overwhelmed by the number of cases. He believes that alternative approaches must be found for dealing with “less serious offenders” – including paedophiles who look at images of child abuse online – and argues that “low-risk” offenders should not be imprisoned. He knows, he says, that people will find this pragmatic approach difficult to hear. He’s right about that.

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08 February 2017

Twitter rolls out new anti-abuse tools BBC News

Twitter has announced more changes intended to limit the amount of abuse on the network.

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Internet safety: A mother's story of how a paedophile groomed her 11-year-old daughter online The Independent

Tired of the endless rows, Hannah H finally gave in to the demands from her 11-year-old daughter to have a Facebook account. Little did she know that she had opened the door to a paedophile who lived in her town - and the events that followed were life-changing. She explains how easily he gained her daughter's trust and how little she knew about protecting her online

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12 January 2017

A lawyer rewrote Instagram’s terms of use 'in plain English' so kids would know their privacy rights Washington Post

It's no secret that teenagers love social media. Members of "Generation Z" can spend up to nine hours a day sharing photos on Instagram, consuming "content" on YouTube and talking to friends on Snapchat. (Just don't ask them to get excited about Facebook.) But how much do these teens understand what they’ve agreed to give up when they start an account with those sites?

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05 January 2017

Children in England sign over digital rights 'regularly and unknowingly' The Guardian

Children are being left to fend for themselves in the digital world, regularly signing over rights to their private messages and pictures unknowingly and with scant advice from parents or schools, according to England's children's commissioner.

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27 December 2016

Think again before you post online those pics of your kids The Conversation

You might think it's cute to snap a photo of your toddler running around in a playground or having a temper tantrum, and then posting it on social media. But did you ever think it might be a mistake, or even illegal?

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14 December 2016

1 in 25 Americans has faced or been threatened with 'revenge porn' Washington Post

One in 25 Americans has been threatened with or faced a vicious form of digital harassment in which explicit images are shared online without the subject's consent, according to a report released Tuesday by think tank Data & Society and the Center for Innovative Public Health Research.

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25 November 2016

Massive paedophile ring uncovered by police in Norway after arrest of 51 men The Independent

Police in Norway have filed charges against 51 men suspected of involvement in a massive paedophile ring.

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16 November 2016

More than a third of UK's 12- to 15-year-olds are exposed to hate speech online The Guardian

More than a third of 12- to 15-year-olds are being exposed to hate speech online, according to new research that also shows children are spending more time on the internet than any other media activity for the first time.

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13 November 2016

FBI operated 23 Tor-hidden child porn sites, deployed malware from them Ars Technica

As Ars has reported, federal investigators temporarily seized a Tor-hidden site known as Playpen in 2015 and operated it for 13 days before shutting it down. The agency then used a "network investigative technique" (NIT) as a way to ensnare site users.

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27 September 2016

German minister sets March deadline for fight against online hate Reuters

Justice Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday the German government could take legal action against Facebook and other social media groups if they do not intensify their fight against illegal hate speech or Islamist "terror phantasies".

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18 September 2016

How the US feds used Internet searches to find 5 child pornography victims Ars Technica

In 2013, US federal agents investigating the child pornography collection of one David S. Engle -- who was later sentenced in Washington state to 25 years in prison -- came across a new set of eight images. The pictures showed five boys, ranging in age from around seven to 15, urinating outdoors, shaving their pubic hair, and posing naked in bathtubs.

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13 September 2016

Facebook and Israel to work to monitor posts that incite violence The Guardian

The Israeli government and Facebook have agreed to work together to determine how to tackle incitement on the social media network, a senior Israeli cabinet minister said on Monday.

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Instagram launches new tool to monitor offensive comments Reuters

Instagram, the photo-sharing app owned by Facebook Inc on Monday launched a keyword moderation tool to allow its users to control the comments posted on their pictures.

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07 September 2016

And everyone saw it. The seventh-grader's sext was meant to impress him. Then he shared it. It nearly destroyed her. Washington Post

She crunched the cookies in her mouth, carefully mashing them into chunks. She spit. They made a plunk sound as they hit the toilet water. The worst, the absolute worst thing had happened, and now, Maureen was sure, this was her only option.

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Australian cyber sex trafficking 'most dark and evil crime we are seeing' ABC News

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is warning of an alarming trend where Australians are directing the sexual abuse of children living overseas using live streaming services like Skype.

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05 September 2016

Germany says Facebook must do better about removing hateful content The Observer

Facebook should be more proactive in removing racist and violent content from its sites, the German interior minister said on Monday after a visit to the company's offices in Berlin.

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26 August 2016

Social media giants must do more to police sites - UK lawmakers Reuters

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube should hire more people to monitor hate speech and material inciting violence as well as putting staff in police operation centres to remove offending posts faster, British lawmakers said.

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24 August 2016

Europol uncover major online child abuse network Al Jazeera

A major operation against distributors of child sexual abuse images online has resulted in the arrests of 75 suspects across 28 European countries.

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13 August 2016

The Rise of the Internet Fan Bully New York Times

Normani Kordei, a member of the girl group on the rise Fifth Harmony, sat for a lighthearted Facebook Live interview earlier this month. Within a week, she had been chased off Twitter by a mob spewing racist insults.

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13 July 2016

au: The takeover: how police ended up running a paedophile site The Guardian

Exclusive: the inside story of a police operation that secretly took over a child abuse forum in a six-month sting, and the stunning breakthrough that led them to snaring Richard Huckle, 'Britain's worst-ever paedophile'

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28 June 2016

From Julia Gillard to Hillary Clinton: online abuse of politicians around the world The Guardian

Hillary Clinton received almost twice as much abuse as Bernie Sanders on Twitter this year, according to a wide-ranging analysis provided to the Guardian that compared the treatment of politicians in the US, UK and Australia.

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21 June 2016

Australian pleads guilty to making online threats over Tinder profile BBC News

An Australian man has pleaded guilty to making sexual threats on social media, in what is seen as a landmark victory for opponents of online harassment.

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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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