Child Protection&Online Safety

15 December 2010

US federal authorities say they broke up a global child porn ring CNN

Federal authorities announced Tuesday they dismantled an international child pornography ring that allowed its 35 male members to trade thousands of images and videos of boys in sexually explicit situations through a website.

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14 December 2010

Policing predators: vigilantes blast Facebook for failing to protect children Sydney Morning Herald

Paedophiles are brazenly sharing child pornography pictures and videos on Facebook, and internet safety experts believe the social networking site has failed to curtail the practice.

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Agreement to review planned Australian internet filter laws The Australian

The federal government is on track for an April start to its review of classification laws for its planned internet filtering legislation.

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13 December 2010

Study reveals nearly all European children are not bothered by what they find online Deutsche Welle

The final results of a Europe-wide study of children's behavior online are presented in Berlin. Researchers suggest children might be able to help their parents learn how to use the Internet more effectively.

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05 December 2010

As Bullies Go Digital, Parents Play Catch-Up New York Times

Ninth grade was supposed to be a fresh start for Marie's son: new school, new children. Yet by last October, he had become withdrawn. Marie prodded. And prodded again. Finally, he told her.

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02 December 2010

Child abuse sites fuelled by Australians Sydney Morning Herald

[AAP] Australians took part in child abuse which fuelled an international network of websites selling pay-per-view video and still images of sickening child porn, authorities say.

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Australian state MPs or staff accessed child porn sites, report finds Sydney Morning Herald

NSW MPs or their staff have accessed websites containing child pornography on parliamentary computers, an independent inquiry has found.

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25 November 2010

Swedish banks join fight against child porn The Local

Cooperation between Swedish banks and police to stop the purchase of child pornography images over the internet has proved effective, the national banking association announced on Wednesday.

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17 November 2010

Blocking child porn websites is not sufficient, say EU reps Network World

Simply blocking websites may not be enough to combat child pornography, according to the European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee, which also said that such a measure would be difficult to implement across the European Union due to member states' differing sensitivities and traditions.

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Mandatory Australian ISP filter plan could start in 2013; Our blacklist has failed us: Thai minister The Australian

Labor's controversial mandatory internet filter scheme could be delayed until 2013, when the next federal election is due.

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11 November 2010

British police had 'serious doubts' about Operation Ore child porn database evidence Daily Telegraph [UK]

Police had "serious doubts" about the quality of evidence that led to the conviction of thousands of men for looking at child pornography online, it is claimed.

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08 November 2010

Is it finally time to censor the web ? The Australian PM is under fire for planning a crackdown on internet porn. But is she right? Irish Independent

If you know where to look, the internet can be a pretty repulsive place. From gross-out amateur movies such as the infamous Two Girls, One Cup -- please, please don't ask us to explain -- to fetish websites where you can watch people having carnal relations with the sort of industrial machinery you'd normally need a safety certificate and hard hat to even switch on, there's a bottomless well of depravity out there.

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24 October 2010

Half of EU Kids Don't Know How to Be Safe Online PC World

Half of the young children in the E.U. don't have basic Internet safety skills such as knowing how to control privacy settings or block unwanted contacts.

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12 October 2010

Porn: not just a little harmless fun The Australian

Over the years I have come to understand how and why my lectures to students on pornography stir up extreme emotions in men.

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06 October 2010

UK children's online protection centre staff quit in clash with ministers The Guardian

The crisis over the future of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) deepened today, after it emerged that two more senior managers and a group of specialist internet investigators have quit in protest at government plans which they fear will undermine child safety.

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Sex, Porn and Teenagers BBC Radio 4

"Shag bands" are thin coloured rubber bracelets, indicating how far the wearer will go sexually if the band is broken.

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05 October 2010

Britain's online child protection chief quits in protest at merger proposals The Independent

The head of Britain's online child protection agency has quit over government plans which would curtail the body's independence.

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24 September 2010

Researchers seek to find true level of cyberstalking in the UK BBC News

A new survey has been launched in an effort to find out the true level of cyberstalking in the UK.

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British handyman jailed for planting porn on boss's computer BBC News

A handyman who planted child pornography on his boss's computer in a bid to get promoted has been jailed.

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22 September 2010

Victims of online bullying may be more likely to be depressed Washington Post

A study released Tuesday shows that as bullying has moved beyond the schoolyard and on to Facebook pages, online chat groups and cellphone text messages, its victims are feeling more hopeless and depressed.

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19 September 2010

Child porn ring discovered inside Paraguay prison ABC News

Authorities have broken up a child pornography ring that made sexually explicit films inside Paraguay's national penitentiary, with youths who passed as relatives of inmates.

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18 September 2010

On the Web, Children Face Intensive Tracking Wall Street Journal

A Wall Street Journal investigation into online privacy has found that popular children's websites install more tracking technologies on personal computers than do the top websites aimed at adults.

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28 August 2010

Facebook gives way after child porn bust Sydney Morning Herald

Facebook has agreed to pass information about criminal activity on its site to Australian police, after revelations it had ignored repeated warnings about an international child pornography ring operating among its pages.

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27 August 2010

Facebook failed to tell Australian police about paedophile porn ring Sydney Morning Herald

Facebook management failed repeatedly to reveal the activity of an international child pornography syndicate operating on their site and ignored continuing admissions by one of the ring's Australian members.

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19 August 2010

Germany faces obstacles in its bid to lead the global fight against Internet child pornography Deutsche Welle

Germany sees itself in the forefront of the fight against Internet child porn - a battle critics say it's losing due to international law discrepancies and its own protection laws.

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