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 Tuesday, February 07, 2012
SID 2012: Video Message from the ITU Secretary-General, Dr Hamadoun Toure
On the occasion of the Safer Internet Day (SID) 2012, the ITU Secretary-General, Dr. Hamadoun Touré in a video message, emphasized how in the Internet era – where life without the Internet is not only unimaginable for us, but for our children too, the international community must do everything in our power to ensure child online protection.

Moreover, according to Dr. Touré's vision, Safer Internet Day should not be a one-day celebration. Indeed, as the Secretary-General of the ITU, Dr. Hamadoun Touré firmly expressed his commitment to make 2012 a year-long celebration – ensuring that by working together, the international community can build a really effective global framework to protect children and young people online.

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Tuesday, February 07, 2012 3:28:51 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Saturday, October 01, 2011
Child Online Protection discussion during the 6th IGF

The 6th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was held in Nairobi, Kenya on 27- 30 September, 2011.

 

During the IGF, ITU was leading the discussion about protecting children online by co-organizing with other UN agencies and COP partners two workshops, Dynamic Coalition (meeting) on Child Online Safety, and several bilateral meetings. In particular, the following workshops were organized by ITU together with UNODC, UNICEF, and ECPAT International.

 

1.   COP Thematic Workshop on  “Framework for International Cooperation on Child Online Protection"

      The workshop aimed to address the issues of the international cooperation on child online protection and collect the better options to ensure a collaborative approach to maximize and synergize efforts to create safer Internet environment for children (Co-organized by ITU, UNODC, and UNICEF).

 

2.   COP Thematic Workshop on  Young People and Their Safeguards in an Increasingly Connected World

      The workshop aims to collect recommendations for the duty bearers coming directly from these young people in order to reach policy makers for developing appropriate protecting mechanisms while providing the channels to them for self expression, creativity and positive use of the Internet and guiding them towards becoming better digital citizens of the future. (Co-organized by ITU,  UNICEF and ECPAT International)

 

Find more information about the 6th IGF

 

 

Saturday, October 01, 2011 2:34:04 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, June 08, 2011
CCK seeks protection for kids on Internet

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) is seeking to develop a comprehensive framework that protects the safety of children on the Internet, following increasing dangers of prowling cyber criminals. The commission has invited various stakeholders to help it come up with 'practical' tools that will enable it to minimise the risks to children.

"CCK is cognisant of the fact that cyber crime is a multi-sectoral issue and therefore requires the support and collective effort of different stakeholders with various competencies," said Director General Charles Njoroge during a 'Child Online Protection' workshop.

This approach, he pointed out, would complement the activities of the Consumer Awareness Division that is tasked with the responsibility of reaching out to all consumers of communications services including children.

Further, Mr Njoroge said it would be in line with the International Telecommunications Union's Child Online Protection (COP) initiative that was launched in November 2010 with the aim of developing industry codes of conduct, establishing national hotlines, roadmaps and legislative tool kits and training of parents, teachers, guardians and educators.

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Wednesday, June 08, 2011 1:53:45 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, May 09, 2011
ITU aims to protect kids online - with standards

 

In the latest phase of its two year old Child Online Protection Initiative the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is to look at the possibility of developing international telecommunications standards whose widespread application would help protect children from online threats.

 

 

The ITU's Child Online Protection (COP) initiative was launched in November 2008 as "a multi-stakeholder effort to bring together partners from all sectors of the global community to ensure a safe online experience for children everywhere."

In this latest development the ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG) has asked the ITU's security standardization study group, Study Group 17 (SG17), to investigate child protection in the online world.

The group will look at the possibility of developing interoperable standards to protect children online. The aim would be to develop a widely shared approach that could be promoted across the whole industry. The ITU has not given a timeframe for any concrete outcomes from SG17.

SG17 will evaluate what options and possibilities exist for real global coordinated and consistent action to protect children online, for example watch and warning and incident management regimes that would facilitate the gathering of threat information and its sharing among different players.

SG17 will also try to identify commonalities that span the different industry sectors (broadcasters, Internet, mobile) with the aim of developing codes of conduct to help ITU member states collaborate more effectively with the private sector/industry.

It will try to establish cooperative arrangements between government and the private sector/industry for sharing information and developing specific capabilities aimed at mitigating the risks and extending the potential of ICT usage by children. 

The ITU lists the key objectives of its Child Online Protection initiative as being to: "identify risks and vulnerabilities to children in cyberspace; create awareness; develop practical tools to help minimize risk; share knowledge and experience."

 

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Monday, May 09, 2011 8:46:56 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, March 04, 2011
Standards need to protect children online

Standardization experts are being asked to examine security-related guidelines/standards on child online protection issues.

The recent Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG) meeting invited experts in ITU’s security standardization group (Study Group 17) to examine issues including:

  1. The development of interoperable standards and related recommendations to protect children online. The aim would be to develop a widely shared approach which could be promoted across the whole industry.
  2. Evaluating what options and possibilities exist for real global coordinated and consistent action to protect children online. Attention should be given to the elaboration of those capabilities (e.g. watch and warning and incident management) that would facilitate the gathering of threats and information sharing among different players.
  3. Identifying the commonalities that span the different industry sectors  (broadcasters, Internet, mobile) with the purpose of developing Codes of Conduct, or code of practices to help ITU Member States collaborate more effectively with the private sector/industry.
  4. Establish cooperative arrangements between government and the private sector/industry for sharing information and developing specific capabilities aimed at mitigating the risks and extending the potential of ICT usage by children.

ITU’s Child Online Protection (COP) initiative was launched in November 2008 as a multi-stakeholder effort to bring together partners from all sectors of the global community to ensure a safe online experience for children everywhere.

SG17 is expected to play a major role in technical aspects on COP, given that security, cybersecurity and identity management are already now being recognized as key fields of potential interest. Several SG17 work items (in ITU parlance Questions) are relevant, and experts from membership are encouraged to contribute.

 

Friday, March 04, 2011 9:15:10 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, February 18, 2011
Unaware Parents Risk Kids' Online Safety - New IT Security Skills Development Module Launched

Speaking at Safer Internet Day (at Child Focus, Safer Internet Centre, Belgium), European Commission Vice-President Kroes raised the question of balancing the unquestionable benefits offered by the Internet with the need to keep children safe online. In keeping with the aims of Safer Internet Day, ECDL Foundation’s new IT Security certification focuses on providing the right competences for safe surfing and computer usage.

European children are using the Internet on a daily basis for longer periods, and with greater frequency – not just for surfing the Web, but for accessing schoolwork assignments, developing their personal interests, and for actually contributing to the Web’s diversity by uploading video content, social networking etc. The EU has taken certain actions, such as investing €55 million into awareness-raising projects aimed at making the Internet safer for children. Despite this investment, a recent survey conducted by the London School of Economics has shown that nearly half of the participating children did not know how to change the privacy settings of their social networking sites, and in another complementary EU-wide survey, only 14% of parents surveyed said that they had set up parental web-filtering software to protect their children.

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Friday, February 18, 2011 2:14:26 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, February 17, 2011
EU Reps Side With Internet Rights on Child Porn Blocking

A European Parliament decision on Monday to remove child pornography images at the source rather than promote Web blocking has been hailed as a success by Internet rights activists.

Members of the Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee ruled that complete removal "at source" must be the main aim in tackling child pornography online and that blocking access to websites is acceptable only in exceptional circumstances -- when the host server in a non-E.U. country refuses to cooperate or when procedures take too long.

The original Commission proposal would have made blocking of child porn websites mandatory for all E.U. member states, prompting concern among Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) who tend to support Internet freedom.

"The new generation of MEPs has shown it understands the Internet and has courageously rejected populist but ineffective and cosmetic measures in favor of measures aimed at real child protection," said Joe McNamee, of the European digital rights movement EDRi. "This is a huge and implausible success for an army of activists campaigning to protect the democratic, societal and economic value of the Internet," he added.

 

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Thursday, February 17, 2011 12:52:58 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Police workshops plan in bid to keep pupils safe online

POLICE are considering holding internet safety workshops in schools across Bolton. Officers confirmed they are looking into the possibility of holding the sessions with another organisation in a bid to keep youngsters safe while they surf the internet.

Insp Shane O’Neill, from GMP’s Bolton Division, said: “We have a well established Safer Schools Partnership and we work closely with the schools on issues such as internet safety, offering guidance and support when needed.”

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011 2:02:01 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, February 14, 2011
DARE 2B Cybersafe program strives for 'good digital citizens'

You won’t find Internet crimes such as cyberbullying and sexting listed as criminal offenses in the FBI’s uniform crime report, but such crimes are rampant and all too often aimed at children.

Similar to the way the proliferation of drugs propelled police departments and schools across the nation to partner in the 1980s and teach Drug Abuse Resistance Education or DARE programs to students, DARE 2B Cybersafe is a new crime-fighting tool allowing officers to interact with children and teens online and discuss issues such as drugs, alcohol and cyberbullying.

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Monday, February 14, 2011 2:00:03 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Working to make the internet safer for children and adolescents -- Trabajamos para que ninos, ninas y adolescentes naveguen seguros en internet

Con el objetivo de conmemorar el Día de la Internet Segura, el Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología (MICIT), el Viceministerio de Paz, el Patronato Nacional de la Infancia (PANI), la Fundación Paniamor, la Fundación Omar Dengo (FOD) y Radiográfica Costarricense (RACSA) con el apoyo de Microsoft, Jack’s, Acueductos y Alcantarillados (AyA) y la Municipalidad de San José, trabajaron juntos para ofrecer ese día a niños, niñas, adolescentes y adultos de la comunidad de Pavas, espacios de concientización que les permita familiarizarse acerca de los riesgos potenciales que implica el uso de la Internet y los mecanismos existentes para evadirlos y aprovechar al máximo el potencial de la red. La actividad se llevó a cabo en la Asociación de Desarrollo Integral de Pavas (ADIPA).

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Wednesday, February 09, 2011 4:33:54 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
EC To Step Up Efforts To Safeguard Children Online

On the occasion of Safer Internet Day 2011, the European Commission today announced that it will step up talks with ICT industry and children's organisations to encourage the design of safer products to help keep children safe online.

Moreover, the Commission will shortly review the 2006 Recommendation on minors and how to protect them in audiovisual media and Internet and on the 2008 Communication on the protection of youngsters from harmful content in video games.

Children are going online from a younger age and not just from computers, but also games consoles and mobile phones. More than 82 % of 15-16 year olds in Europe have a social networking profile, as well as 26 % of 9-10 year olds. Safer Internet Day is being marked today in more than 65 countries around the world under the slogan "Internet is more than a game, it's your life!".

This is supported by the EU's Safer Internet Programme, which helps parents and their children to be safe online. Children's safety online is an important part of the Digital Agenda for Europe (see IP/10/581, MEMO/10/199 and MEMO/10/200).

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Wednesday, February 09, 2011 3:18:03 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Do you know what your kids are doing online?

75% of teenagers have been contacted by a stranger via the internet, and as many as 37% of these have responded to them out of curiosity.

Many children between the ages of 14 and 18 are engaging in risky behaviour online – and while parents say they are aware of the dangers, many are doing nothing to protect their children, according to the results of a recent survey.

The MSN survey, run by Microsoft as part of Safer Internet Day on 8 February, suggests that nearly half (44%) of children have lied about their age when online; over a third (37%) of those who had been contacted by a stranger (75%) responded; and only 4% told someone older that they trusted, such as a parent or teacher.

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Tuesday, February 08, 2011 3:23:13 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
One Third of EU Internet Users Hit by a Computer Virus in 2010

The Statistical Office of the European Communities, Eurostat, has revealed that almost one third (31%) of EU people who used the internet last year (from the 27 EU member states) caught a virus on their computer that resulted in the loss of information or time. That's despite 84% of surfers using security software (e.g. anti-virus) for protection, which rises to 88% in the UK.

Some 14% of individuals in the EU27 who used the internet in the last year, and live in a household with children, had parental control or web filtering software installed. This increases to 21% in the UK. Just 5% (4% in the UK) experienced children accessing inappropriate websites or connecting with potentially dangerous persons while using a home computer.

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Tuesday, February 08, 2011 3:20:08 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Young people urged to consider ‘digital identity’

Young People are being encouraged to think about their “digital lives” today – and to consider their online identity.

To mark Safer Internet Day 2011, an awareness campaign has been launched to spread understanding about the opportunities and risks of sharing information online – something children are doing at increasingly early age.

In the UK, a leading child protection agency has tackled the darker side of a person’s “digital identity” by making a short filmed aiming to alert young people and their parents about the dangers of “sexting”.

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Tuesday, February 08, 2011 3:11:54 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, February 03, 2011
Safer Internet Day 8 February 2011--It's more than a game, it's your life

Safer Internet Day is organised by Insafe each year in February to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world.Safer Internet Day is organised by Insafe each year in February to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world.

The topic for 2011 is "our virtual lives" around the slogan " It's more than a game, it's your life".

In 2010 Safer Internet Day was celebrated through over 500 events in 65 countries all over the world.

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Thursday, February 03, 2011 3:15:28 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Tracy Beaker Helps BBC Children's Mark Safer Internet Day

BBC Children's is throwing its weight behind Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 8 February by hosting a range of initiatives across CBeebies and CBBC.

CBBC will air three interactive webisodes of its hit show Tracy Beaker Returns. Covering online relationships, cyberbullying and illegal downloads the webisodes aim to promote online media best practice and media literacy. Whilst CBeebies will feature a blog, written by Dr Tanya Byron, on how to keep young children safe online and advising parents how they can prepare their children to become safe independent internet users as they grow older.

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Wednesday, February 02, 2011 2:29:01 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Saferpedia.eu – The first online encyclopedia for Internet safety!

On Safer Internet Day 2011 (February 8, 2011) the Safer Internet RO Consortium will launch the online encyclopedia Saferpedia.eu!

Saferpedia.eu is an online encyclopedia with terms about Internet safety addressed to children, teens, teachers and parents all over the world. Saferpedia.eu was created by Positive Media Romania, one of the Safer Internet RO Consortium members and is part of a bigger project aiming to keep children safe on the Internet, supported by the Insafe Network which has Safer Internet centers all over the Europe.

The encyclopedia wants to be a useful tool for children, teens, parents and teachers. Here they can find terms, definitions and resources about internet safety, other terms referring to Internet, technical terms from IT and terms referring to Internet security.

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Wednesday, February 02, 2011 2:26:13 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, January 31, 2011
Keep your kids safe online by teaching them the seven stop signs

Knowing where your kids are can be a full time job. Knowing where they are online—which websites they’re visiting and who they’re talking to—is even harder, but is no less important. The Better Business Bureau Children’s Advertising Review Unit encourages parents to teach their kids and tweens about unsafe online situations and recommends looking out for seven stop signs.

According to a study by the Neilsen Norman Group, kids as young as nine years old are becoming just as capable—if not more so—than their parents at navigating the Internet. While young kids may be computer whizzes, they aren’t necessarily as smart as their parents when it comes to identifying online threats, including predators and fraud.

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Monday, January 31, 2011 5:14:34 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, January 27, 2011
Ashland Middle School offers Internet safety lessons

Parents need to maintain an open line of communication with their children and understand what they are doing on-line to help them deal with cyber bullies and protect them from Internet predators.

That is what law enforcement and school officials emphasized to the dozen people who attended a special Internet safety program Tuesday night at Ashland Middle School.

"If your kids are awake, they're probably online," said Josh Welch, school resource officer for the Ashland Police Department.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011 3:51:40 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Online sex harassment among youths common

The survey, “Youth 2.0 – 10 to 18-year-olds in the digital world,” found that youths use the internet more for learning that recreation. But it also reached some worrying conclusions, including that German adolescents rate using the internet and having their own computer more important than participating in sports.

The results had important implications for society, said Bitkom president August-Wilhelm Scheer, including the need for better child protection.

“Children and youths should be able to use the full potential of the internet. That’s why we need the proper skills and more protection,” he said.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011 4:09:50 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
How young is too young for Facebook?

Adults do it; teens do it; kids do it, too. Which brings up the question: How young is too young to be on Facebook and other social networking sites?

The magic number is 13, says Amanda Lenhart with the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project. That's the minimum age requirement, in theory, for young people to sign up on most of the social networking sites.

As it turns out, however, controlling children's online activities or even knowing when they're mature enough to manage their own accounts is more complicated than it sounds.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011 4:02:39 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, January 24, 2011
Researchers launch mobile device 'to spot paedophiles'

A mobile phone application which claims to identify adults posing as children is to be released.

The team behind Child Defence says the app can analyse language to generate an age profile, identifying potential paedophiles. Isis Forensics developed the tool after parental concerns over children accessing sites on their mobiles. But child protection experts warned against such technology lulling people into thinking they are safe.

Child Defence project leader James Walkerdine, based at Lancaster University, said: "This software improves children's chances of working out that something isn't right. "Parents told us they would much prefer to see software solutions that empowered and educated their children to help them protect themselves."

 

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Monday, January 24, 2011 8:39:44 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Detective teaches parents cyber-safety tips

There’s a whole new playground where students can be bullied and sexually harassed — the Internet.Local parents are saying they want to stay one step ahead of the game so they can keep an eye on whom their children are meeting and how children are treating each other online.

“I think as our kids become of age, as parents, we can’t keep our heads in the sand and we have to be one step ahead,” said Joan Abington, of Libertyville.

 

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Monday, January 24, 2011 2:10:44 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, January 19, 2011
New approaches are needed to improve online protection for children

Present-day technical and legal methods of preventing child pornography offences and online grooming are not sufficiently effective and do not meet their purpose. A thesis from the University of othenburg, Sweden, shows that new approaches are needed to improve online protection for our children.

Marie Eneman of the Department of Applied Information Technology has studied in her thesis how information technology is used for child pornography and grooming, that is to say adults making contact with minors for sexual purposes, and the technical and legal controls that exist to protect children.

 

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011 2:56:50 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Saudi approves child protection law

Saudi Arabia’s appointed parliament has endorsed a law on the protection of children and set the child’s age limit at 18 years, a newspaper said on Tuesday.

The Shura Council discussed the law presented by the Saudi government at its session on Monday and gave it its approval following several debates and rifts on the child age limit in the Gulf Kingdom.

 

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011 2:47:39 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
A Parent’s Guide to Facebook

A Parents’ Guide to Facebook was designed to help you understand what Facebook is and how to use it safely. With it, you will be better informed and able to communicate with young Facebook users in your life more effectively. That’s important because 1) if something goes wrong, we want our children to come to us and 2) as the Internet becomes increasingly social and mobile, a parent’s guidance and support are ever more key to young people’s well-being in social media and technology.

 

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011 2:05:44 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
UK parents take precautions of kids’ online activity

It has been revealed in a recent report that UK parents are taking the most precautions when it comes to their kids getting online to surf the Internet.

The increasing uptake of broadband services in the UK has resulted in a sharp increase in the number of kids that have access to the internet. This can be very beneficial for kids, as it gives them access to valuable tools and resources for educational purposes as well as the ability to socialise more effectively, keep in touch with friends and family, and enjoy entertainment at home.

 

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011 1:40:17 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Smart phones, tablets can give kids access to unsavory content

Parents are starting to think about the need to filter access to the Internet on phones and other wireless devices. A few companies offer apps with 'kid-safe' browsers.Every day, Teresa DiFalco's children clamor for her iPhone.

The kids, ages 9 and 11, use the smart phone and DiFalco's iPod Touch to play such games as Angry Birds and Zombie Farm. Around the nation, other kids are doing the same, either on their own or on their parents' mobile devices, such as smart phones, iPads and other tablets.

 

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011 11:26:05 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, January 17, 2011
Internet Safety: Sheriff addresses students on cyberbullying, 'sexting'

More than 150 seventh-graders at Taft High School on Chicago's Northwest Side were given a lecture on Internet safety and online crimes put on by the Cook County Sheriff's Youth Services Department on Wednesday.

The presentation was intended to be a "scared straight" talk to warn middle school students about the dangers of cyberbullying, "sexting" and online predators, and also educate them about social-networking safety.

 

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Monday, January 17, 2011 11:37:21 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, January 14, 2011
Workshop on child internet safety measures

Parents in the Beverley area are being invited to an internet safety workshop to find out what they can do to safeguard their children. The free event will look at how the internet is used differently by children and adults and will explore how young people use social networking websites, instant messaging, chat rooms and download music.

Those attending the course will be advised about the potential risks and what can be done to address them.

 

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Friday, January 14, 2011 1:54:24 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, January 13, 2011
Digital Agenda: survey highlights strengths and weaknesses of parental control programmes

Parents in the EU are not keeping an eye on their children's online activities, according to a new survey which found that just a quarter of parents in the bloc keep track of cyber bullying and sexual grooming of their children on the Internet.

A survey that interviewed both parents and their offspring across the EU found that children's online access of pornography, sexual targeting by strangers and offline meetings with strangers met on the Web went largely unnoticed by their parents.

 

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Thursday, January 13, 2011 2:17:56 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
BSI Helps Protect Children Online With the Award of the First Kitemark Certification

BSI has awarded the first Child Safety Online Kitemark to help parents protect their children from inappropriate content on the internet.

Tim Loughton, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families, presented the first child safety online Kitemark to Netintelligence , the cloud based security service from managed hosting services company iomart Group, during his keynote speech in London today at the BETT Show, the educational technology exhibition.

Designed to provide parents with the confidence that harmful internet content will not be seen by children, the Kitemark requires internet filtering software to be easy to install, easy to use and effective in blocking inappropriate online content such as pornography, violence and racism.

 

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Thursday, January 13, 2011 2:14:57 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Parental filters miss one in five threats

UK parents are the strictest in Europe when it come to their children's Internet use, with more than half installing filtering software. But even for the children protected, over 20 per cent of harmful content will make it through, according to two new reports released by European Commissioners.

The authors of the first report, Benchmarking of parental control tools for the online protection of children, tested 31 sets of tools for PCs, games consoles and mobile phones, designed to monitor usage as well as blocking pornography and other harmful content.

 

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Thursday, January 13, 2011 11:02:40 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Online Safety for the Family Initiative Launched by Morris & Schaefer Learning Co.

The Morris & Schaefer Learning Co., LLC, the owners and operators of LearningFromAtoZ.com, announced today that they are launching an online safety initiative that will focus on teaching parents how to keep themselves and their kids safe online.

The "Online Safety for the Family" initiative was launched today in conjunction with an appearance on Daybreak USA. Derick Schaefer of the company’s ownership group, joined host Scott West to discuss the plans for the initiative and provide some simple overview tips parents can implement immediately into their family’s online habits.

 

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011 4:12:04 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
ISPs battle EU child pornography filter laws

ISPs are battling proposals by officials in Brussels that would force them to block access to child pornography, arguing that such systems only hide the problem.

The European Commission has drafted new laws that will be voted on by the European Parliament next month. The technical solutions envisaged are broadly based on arrangements in the UK, where all major ISPs block access to child abuse websites named on a list maintained by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).

 

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011 3:39:37 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Blue Coat Introduces Free Family-Safe Web Browser for iPhones, iPads and iPods to Protect Children and Families

Blue Coat Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:BCSI), a leading provider of Web security and WAN optimization solutions, today introduced the K9™ Web Protection Browser for iOS, a free, downloadable, family-safe Web browser for Apple iPads, iPhones and Web-enabled iPod Touch devices.

The browser provides immediate and highly accurate protection from content that is not appropriate for young children, including pornography, hate/violence, illegal drugs and gambling. In addition, the browser protects against phishing and malware. It is simple to install and use.

 

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011 2:10:48 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Protecting vulnerable children online

Vulnerable children are being taught how to stay safer online thanks to two new educational films and teaching resources by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre - the UK’s centre for child protection.

The resources have been created in the recognition that vulnerable young people and those with additional needs and learning difficulties can be more susceptible to abuse, making the provision of online safety messages in a variety of formats especially important.

 

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011 10:10:31 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, January 07, 2011
Organised criminals hijack web servers to distribute child abuse material

The Italian Postal and Communications Police, supported by Europol, have uncovered a criminal group who install malicious software on businesses’ unprotected web servers to distribute shocking child sex abuse material online. The Italian Police were first alerted to the criminal activity when a grandmother, who had been innocently surfing the internet buying gifts for her grandchildren, clicked on a link to an online shop only to find herself redirected to a child abuse website. She immediately informed the police who, in early 2009, began routinely monitoring the activities of the illicit web pages which seemed to be hosted on an Italian web server.

 

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Friday, January 07, 2011 3:59:52 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, January 06, 2011
Cyber safety the talk of Parenting with a Purpose

Presented by Licensed Professional Counselor Intern and Nationally Certified Counselor Rachel Marita Sloan and sponsored by The Ryan Project, Sloan spoke on the subject of teens and cyber safety.

Sloan, who has a small practice in Plano and is opening one in Denton, touched on subjects concerning cyber and text language, internet use and “sexting,” or sending sexually explicit text messages or photographs through cell phones.

 

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 Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Online child protection plan "unworkable"

A UK body representing internet service providers has hit out at proposals that could lead to widespread censorship of the Internet. The Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) has said the plan, developed by the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition government requiring ISPs to block pornographic websites will not be feasible.

Nicholas Lansman, secretary general of the ISPA, said: "blocking lawful pornography content...will lead to the blocking of access to legitimate content and is only effective in preventing inadvertent access.

 

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010 11:10:34 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, December 20, 2010
Yahoo! launches online safety program for children

Yahoo! Maktoob has announced the launch of a new innovative online program entitled Yahoo! Safety Oasis (http://esafe.yahoo.com/), aimed at engaging families and educators in providing support resources that educate, entertain and reward children about the incredible potentials for online learning, as well as how to safely surf the net through enhanced digital literacy.

 

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Monday, December 20, 2010 3:41:25 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, December 13, 2010
Parents warned of internet threat to their children

Unsupervised access to smart-phone technology and the internet is a threat to children, parents were warned yesterday.

"Parents must understand that the boundaries of their homes in which their children were once safe no longer exist the second an internet cable enters their house," said Major Faisal al Shamari of the Higher Committee for the Protection of Children.

He was speaking in Dubai at the Working Group of Specialists Meeting on IT Crime, hosted by local police authorities in association with Interpol. Although he was unable to provide statistics, Maj al Shamari said incidents of children taking indecent pictures and posting them online were on the increase. "Our investigations suggest that children were using the smart phones to bypass proxies," he said.

 

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Monday, December 13, 2010 3:18:03 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Social networks should help protect young users

Almost daily, we read of breaches regarding our personal and private data. In fact, a new poll shows more than 90 percent of those surveyed do not agree that social networking sites should share geo-location information without prior approval.

In fact, as concerning as such tracking is for adults, it becomes even more alarming for our children to be tracked. A McAfee/Harris poll showed 37 percent of 10- to 12-year-olds have a Facebook account. Many have little if any understanding of how their information is being used.

 

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Monday, December 13, 2010 2:55:42 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Sunday, December 12, 2010
Firms scramble to adjust to online gaming curbs - Government opts to prevent youngsters’ addiction

Games companies here are scrambling to adjust to the new online gaming restrictions soon to be imposed on young hardcore gamers. And it appears that many of them are putting more focus on games played on mobile phones to compensate for the expected loss in revenue from their personal computer (PC) products.

Despite fierce resistance from the games industry, the government has been moving to introduce strict limits on how much time youngsters can spend playing their favorite online computer games to combat addiction.

 

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Sunday, December 12, 2010 3:23:25 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Maldives helpline “a great achievement”: Child Helpline International

The Maldives’ Child Helpline represents “a great achievement” for the country after a year of operation, says Amrita Singh, Program Manager Asia Pacific Region for Child Helpline International (CHI).

CHI is an international network of telephone helplines and outreach services for children and young people across 150 countries. The network has been involved in setting up the Maldives helpline since its inception in 2007. Singh visited the helpline at the Department of Family and Gender last week.

 

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Sunday, December 12, 2010 3:20:07 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Young S.Koreans face midnight ban for online games

South Korea's government is close to adopting a "Cinderella" law to ban youngsters from playing online games past midnight amid growing concerns about Internet addiction, officials said Thursday.

A bill to be submitted to parliament as early as this month will require South Korean online game companies to cut off services at midnight for users registered as younger than 16, the culture and family ministries said.

"The thing about online games is, once you are in it, it is extremely hard to get out of it, especially if you are a young kid," Jo Rin, a ministry official in charge of the law, told AFP.

"A lot of kids play games all night long and have trouble studying at school and going about their normal lives during daytime. We believe the law is necessary to ensure their health and a right to sleep."

 

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Wednesday, December 01, 2010 3:26:33 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, November 26, 2010
Child Online Protection Statistical Framework and Indicators

ITU released in November 2010 a report which is the world’s first attempt to provide the overall statistical framework related to the measurement of child online protection with a particular emphasis on measures that are suitable for international comparison.

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Friday, November 26, 2010 5:33:04 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Child Online Protection taken to new level - President of Costa Rica and ITU Secretary-General announce action phase for initiative

On 17 November 2010, the Child Online Protection (COP) Global Initiative was launched in San José, by the ITU Secretary- General, Hamadoun Touré, together with the new Patron of COP, H.E. Laura Chinchilla, President of Costa Rica.

The COP Global Initiative aims to shift COP Guidelines, developed by ITU and partners from industry, civil society, governments, UN agencies and other stakeholders, into concrete activities by leveraging the active support from COP members.

Through this COP Global Initiative, ITU is taking the next steps to develop a cybersecurity strategy for child online safety, in order to deliver significant national benefits by creating a more secure and safer online experience for children worldwide.

 

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010 11:19:23 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, November 10, 2010
A Parents' Guide to Facebook Offers Hands-On Help in Optimizing Teens' Safety and Privacy on World's No. 1 Social Networking Site

Guidebook by Anne Collier and Larry Magid of COnnectSafely.org is published in partnership with the iKeepSafe Coalition.

ConnectSafely.org and the iKeepSafe Coalition are pleased to announce the publication of A Parents' Guide to Facebook. The 35-page booklet and online resource – available for reading and printing at www.connectsafely.org/fbparents – provides parents with the perspective and how-to information they need to help their teens optimize their privacy and safety on Facebook. Magid and Collier had earlier co-authored MySpace Unraveled: A Parents' Guide to Teen Social Networking (Peachpit Press, 2006).

The guide features hands-on, step-by-step instructions and illustrations, as well as parenting points on safety, privacy, and reputation protection. It covers both cellphone- and computer-based use of Facebook and the site's newest features, including Places, Groups, and the latest privacy updates.

 

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010 11:20:55 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
A Parents' Guide to Facebook Offers Hands-On Help in Optimizing Teens' Safety and Privacy on World's No. 1 Social Networking Site

Guidebook by Anne Collier and Larry Magid of COnnectSafely.org is published in partnership with the iKeepSafe Coalition.

ConnectSafely.org and the iKeepSafe Coalition are pleased to announce the publication of A Parents' Guide to Facebook. The 35-page booklet and online resource – available for reading and printing at www.connectsafely.org/fbparents – provides parents with the perspective and how-to information they need to help their teens optimize their privacy and safety on Facebook. Magid and Collier had earlier co-authored MySpace Unraveled: A Parents' Guide to Teen Social Networking (Peachpit Press, 2006).

The guide features hands-on, step-by-step instructions and illustrations, as well as parenting points on safety, privacy, and reputation protection. It covers both cellphone- and computer-based use of Facebook and the site's newest features, including Places, Groups, and the latest privacy updates.

 

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010 11:20:41 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, October 07, 2010
Counsellors Call For More Help For 'Gaming Addicts'

Addiction counsellors have told Newsbeat they're seeing more cases of people worried about being hooked on playing video games. There are now calls for the gaming industry to offer more support to people who can't switch off. Technology or computer addiction isn't officially recognised as a clinical condition. But the group representing games companies admits there needs to be more research into the problem.

"Most of the people that are getting into difficulties tend to be in their teenage years and early 20s. "As that generation moves through and others come on behind, I think the problem is going to get bigger."

 

(Source: BBC)

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Thursday, October 07, 2010 1:00:14 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
How To Keep Your Kids Safe On Facebook

500 million users worldwide and still growing, Facebook is now ubiquitous. Because of its popularity, minors have jumped onto the social media bandwagon, too, and they use networking the same way adults do--to share pictures, connect with friends, organize events, and play social games. And that can be a problem.

For the most part, Facebook provides a fun and safe way for users of all ages to communicate with their pals. But because kids and teens are, well, kids and teens, they're the ones most at risk of falling victim to the dangers of Facebook. With a bit of strategic parental guidance, you can educate your kids about the potential hazards of social media and give them the tools they need to protect themselves from online predators, guard their personal information, preserve their online reputation, and avoid suspicious downloads that could harm your PC.

 

(Source: PC World)

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Thursday, October 07, 2010 12:58:19 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, September 20, 2010
Children and Mobile Phones

The GSMA and NTT DOCOMO's Mobile Society Research Institute (MSRI) recently announced the details of a comparative study into the use of mobile phones by children in six countries (Japan, Korea, China, India, Mexico and Cyprus) and the effect that this has on them. Approximately 6,000 pairs of respondents were interviewed, each consisting of a child aged between eight and 18 and his or her parent or guardian.

 

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Monday, September 20, 2010 10:16:51 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, September 17, 2010
Online Sex Ads Complicate Crackdowns On Teen Trafficking

Sometimes it's a story of a grown woman who has chosen prostitution as a path to a better life. More often, it's a story of a woman being forced to sell her body by a pimp. And then there are the children, and the mothers that miss them.

"They told me to look on Craigslist and it almost blew my mind," the mother of one missing 12-year-old told CNN. "She was there with a wig on. She was there in a purple negligee. The same day the woman spoke to CNN, her daughter was rescued by police at a seedy hotel near Washington where she was being sold for sex. And she's not alone. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's website contains thousands of posters of missing children. Many are girls, classified as "endangered runaways," and the center says more than fifty of them have been pushed into the sex trade. But that's just a snapshot, a tiny indicator of the true scale of the problem.

 

(Source: CNN)

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Friday, September 17, 2010 3:48:55 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, August 09, 2010
Real risk for children in location services

Leo Hickman and the Guardian deserve to be congratulated for drawing attention to the emergence of a whole raft of internet-based personal location services (How I became a Foursquare cyberstalker, G2, 23 July). As Hickman showed, this new breed of online applications has the potential to be truly spooky.

Anyone collecting or broadcasting data about someone else's physical whereabouts should be obliged to observe the very highest standards of data security, yet Hickman's piece reveals some extremely slipshod work. However, the otherwise excellent story overlooked one angle. Because every location service I know of, including Foursquare, is paid for by advertising it means the apps are free to the end user, available for download by anyone who can click a mouse. That includes children. Ofcom's research has shown that around one in five children between the ages of eight and 12 are already getting away with lying about their age to create profiles on Facebook, MySpace or Bebo. Can we look forward to one in five children blithely linking location services to their social networking profiles, adding yet another and qualitatively new layer of risk? I suspect other stalkers who will surely follow in Hickman's steps will not have the same benign intent.

Just because a thing becomes technically possible it does not mean every online business should stampede towards it, and indeed some are not doing so. More credit to them. There is or ought to be an ethical dimension to business. Google and Yahoo should give a lead and immediately drop their personal location products (Latitude and FireEagle) and promise not to reintroduce them until they have a way of keeping kids off the premises.

 

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Monday, August 09, 2010 1:20:21 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, July 22, 2010
GSMA and NTT DOCOMO Announce the Findings of 2010 Study on Children and Mobile Phone Use

The GSMA and NTT DOCOMO's Mobile Society Research Institute (MSRI) recently announced the details of a comparative study into the use of mobile phones by children in six countries (Japan, Korea, China, India, Mexico and Cyprus) and the effect that this has on them. Approximately 6,000 pairs of respondents were interviewed, each consisting of a child aged between eight and 18 and his or her parent or guardian.

 

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Thursday, July 22, 2010 5:26:54 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Girl Scout Testifies Before Congressional Panel on Dangers of Cyberbullying

[US] Girl Scout Dominique Napolitano testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Healthy Families and Communities Subcommittee on the issue of cyberbullying on Thursday, June 24, providing legislators a teenager's perspective on the increasingly widespread practice.

"Cyberbullying is not just a phase or behavior in which kids will be kids," Napolitano told the panel chaired by U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY). "Cyberbullying poses serious consequences to the health and safety of all children."

Dominique was among a core group of Girl Scouts who helped develop LMK (http://lmk.girlscouts.org), a leading online safety Web site developed by Girl Scouts in collaboration with Microsoft's Windows division. The site is unique because it is designed to cover such topics as cyberbullying, online sexual predators and cybersecurity from the perspective of young people. Twenty-three Girl Scouts working with Internet safety expert Parry Aftab have developed the online safety tips and advice for parents and young boys and girls.

 

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010 8:02:01 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, June 17, 2010
Man Sentenced To 30 Years In Prison For Child Exploitation

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein, Special Agent in Charge Richard A. McFeely of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department; and Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.

 

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Thursday, June 17, 2010 3:01:48 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Facebook Users Warned Of 'Likejacking' Scam

Internet security firm Sophos has warned Facebook users to be on the alert for a scam which sends a spam message to all of their friends on the social network. Sophos, in a pair of blog posts late Monday, said "hundreds of thousands" of Facebook users have fallen for the scam which it dubbed "likejacking." It said some Facebook users had received a message such as "This man takes a picture of himself EVERYDAY for 8 YEARS!!" and were encouraged to click on a link. "This of course posts a message to your newsfeed, your friends see it and click on it, and so it spreads," Sophos said.

That followed a similar scam that spread on Facebook the week before involving a fake posting tagged as the "sexiest video ever," according to Sophos.

 

(Source: AFP)

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Wednesday, June 02, 2010 5:01:34 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Shock At Sydney Teenager's 'Facebook Murder'

Thousands of people have paid tribute on Facebook to an Australian teenager allegedly lured to her death by a man she met on the social networking site. The body of Nona Belomesoff was found two days after she went on a trip with the man, who told her they were going to rescue injured animals, police say. A 20-year-old man has been charged with Ms Belomesoff's murder at a creek south of Sydney.

Detectives say the case reinforces the need for vigilance when using Facebook. Ms Belomesoff, 18, is believed to have befriended Christopher James Dannevig, who police say set up a fake Facebook profile in which he claimed to work for an animal welfare group.

 

(Source: BBC)

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010 4:05:13 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, May 06, 2010
eNACSO launches Agenda for Action

eNACSO launches its Agenda for Action at the international conference “Protecting Children Online” on 6th May 2010. The eNACSO Agenda for Action includes recommendations to governments, industry and other stakeholders on how to create a safer online environment for children and young people.

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Thursday, May 06, 2010 11:30:50 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Nine Year-Old Blamed For US School System Hack

Police hunting a hacker who had attacked a US school's systems found themselves cornering a "very intelligent" 9 year old instead, it has emerged. When passwords for teachers at Spring Hill Elementary, Virginia, were changed without authorisation the school board initially thought a hacker had broken into the school district's Blackboard system. Police were called in to investigate in mid-March and were quickly able to trace the incident back to a PC at the home of a 9 year-old school student.

The youngster's mother was initially chief suspect in the hack but after speaking to her and and her son police came to the surprising conclusion that they were dealing with a 'kindergarden' hacker.

 

(Source: The Register)

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010 1:36:56 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, April 19, 2010
Tool Aims To Help Kids Avoid ‘Digital Abuse’

Is it cyberbullying if kids post mean comments and then say they were “just joking”? Is it wrong for a boy to pressure his girlfriend to send racy text messages? For teenagers, these questions don’t necessarily have clear answers. Associated Press MTV is trying to get teens themselves to support each other in standing up to behavior that crosses over into “digital abuse” — use of technologies such as texting and social networking to bully, harass and intimidate people. The network introduced a new online tool called Over the Line this week that allows young people to post about their problem and have peers say whether the behavior is acceptable. The posts and comments are moderated, to make sure bullying doesn’t become a problem in the tool itself.

 

(Source: The Wall Street Journal)

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Monday, April 19, 2010 1:44:34 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, April 16, 2010
Study: Young Adults Do Care About Online Privacy

The report, from researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania, is among the first quantitative studies looking at young people's attitudes toward privacy as government officials and corporate executives alike increasingly grapple with such issues.

Among the findings:

• Most people — 86 percent — believe that anyone who posts a photo or video of them on the Internet should get their permission first, even if that photo was taken in public. Among young adults 18 to 24, 84 percent agreed — not far from the 90 percent among those 45 to 54.

• Forty percent of adults ages 18 to 24 believe executives should face jail time if their company uses someone's personal information illegally — the same as the response among those 35 to 44 years old.

 

(Source: AP)

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Friday, April 16, 2010 11:12:17 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, April 15, 2010
How Security Professionals Monitor Their Kids

Cell phones, texting, IM, e-mail, Facebook, MySpace -- kids are interconnected today in ways hardly imagined two decades ago. But these technology-based communication platforms also enable new forms of an age-old parenting strategy: monitoring your kids.

Is it any easier to put the proper measures in place to ensure your child's security since you already have an expertise in this area? Or do you go overboard because of you are hyperattuned to risk? And what is the right balance of freedom and guidance to provide for kids? Turns out it was tricky issue before social networking, and remains tricky now. Here are views and strategies collected from an array of security professionals.

 

(Source: ComputerWorld)

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Thursday, April 15, 2010 1:23:34 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Teen Suicide Puts Spotlight On High-Tech Bullying

The case of a teenager in Massachusetts who killed herself after a relentless, months-long bullying campaign shows how the common schoolyard behavior is evolving in dangerous new ways online.

Six students face felony charges in the death of Phoebe Prince, 15, who hanged herself in January after being subjected to verbal assault and threats of physical harm. Some harassment occurred online on Facebook, in text messages and in other high-tech forms, a contemporary development in the age-old practice, experts said.

 

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010 10:23:54 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Facebook Urged To Add 'Panic Button' For Children

A British child protection agency said it has pressed Facebook to add "panic buttons" to its pages after the murder of a teenager was linked to the site. Jim Gamble, chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), said the social networking giant did not agree to his demands outright at a meeting in Washington but he felt they were moving in the right direction. Speaking after a four-hour meeting Monday, Gamble said Facebook was close to "doing the right thing" but urged the website to turn "words into action."

Calls have since grown for the inclusion of the buttons -- which allow youngsters who feel threatened online to quickly contact a number of sources of help, such as CEOP or anti-bullying helplines. Politicians, police and anti-bullying groups have voiced outrage that the online giant will not bow to demands to include the system.

 

(Source: AFP)

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010 10:20:16 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Interpol Launches G8 'Most Wanted' Child Sex Offender Site

International police agency Interpol launched Monday a "most wanted" site for suspected child sex offenders across the Group of Eight (G8) most industrialised nations. The "G8 Wanted Child Sex Offender" site, accessible via Interpol's homepage (www.interpol.int), draws together information from G8 members the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Russia.

It includes photographs of people wanted on charges of abuse and enables the public to access to information about how to report missing sex offenders who may have crossed borders.

 

(Source: AFP)

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010 4:18:21 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Procurement Policy Note – Blocking access to web pages depicting child sexual abuse
This Procurement Policy Note (PPN) addresses the requirement for Departments (including their agencies, offices and NDPBs) to ensure that when specifying for internet related services they include a requirement to block access to web pages depicting child sexual abuse.

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010 2:47:35 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
UK internet safety campaign 'Click Clever, Click Safe' launched

To coincide with Safer Internet Day, the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) has launched its new public awareness campaign: ‘Click Clever, Click Safe’.

The campaign highlights a new online green cross code: ‘Zip it, Block it, Flag it’ to help parents, children and young people understand the behaviours that will enable them to enjoy the internet safely. To help children enjoy the internet safely, the Code is designed to act as an everyday reminder of simple good behaviours, to help children and young people avoid common risks online as well as to help parents talk to your children about the internet.

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010 2:43:15 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Ashleigh Hall Facebook Murder: Lessons Must Be Learned
Alan Johnson said UK and US authorities were working on ways to flag up when a convicted sex offender goes online. It follows the sentencing of Peter Chapman, 33, on Monday, to a minimum of 35 years for the kidnap and killing of Ashleigh Hall in Sedgefield in October. The sex offender contacted her via Facebook. The Lib Dems have also called for better internet monitoring.

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010 2:35:53 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, February 12, 2010
European Commission Calls On Social Networking Companies To Improve Child Safety Policies

50% of European teenagers give out personal information on the web – according to an EU study – which can remain online forever and can be seen by anybody. Today, Safer Internet Day, the European Commission is passing a message to teenagers: "Think before you post!" It welcomed actions to protect children using social networking websites taken by the 20 companies who signed the Safer Social Networking Principles last year (IP/09/232 ).

Most of these companies have empowered minors to tackle online risks by making it easier to change privacy settings, block users or delete unwanted comments and content. Yet more needs to be done to protect children online, the Commission says. Less than half of social networking companies (40%) make profiles of under-18 users visible only to their friends by default and only one third replied to user reports asking for help.

 

(Source: Europa)

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Friday, February 12, 2010 3:27:23 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Press release: ITU celebrates the Safer Internet Day 2010 with Save the Children and Telecom Italia

Safer Internet Day: institutions, social networks, companies and the voluntary sector, all working together on the “Use Your Head When Posting Online” Campaign.

From today: messages from “Absolute Zero” will be appearing on www.sicurinrete.it and www.itu.int/cop

The “Zero Assoluto” messages, advice and a video – also broadcast by channel La7 – to convince youngsters and adults to think twice before circulating personal pictures or posting suggestive photos

“More people know you than you would imagine. They look at your photos, they talk about you, and would like to meet you. Find out why ” This is the “headline board” message that has been circulating online the past few days through which promoters of the “Think before you post” campaign that will try to bring hundreds of thousands of young internet users to land at the www.sicurinrete.it web site. Here, the words of the “Zero Assoulto”, a video and key messages will invite those who “people” social networks to use their heads when posting online! That is, to think carefully before putting their or others’ privacy at risk by publishing online personal data and pictures, maybe even ones that are suggestive or alluring, as is the case with sexting , a phenomenon which has by now become quite widespread even among Italian adolescents.

The cause of all this commotion on the Net is the Safer Internet Day. It will be celebrated tomorrow, a day established by the European Commission as a part of the Safer Internet programme that aims to promote safe and responsible use of the Internet and new technologies by younger users. In Italy, Save the Children and Adiconsum jointly administer this programme.

In line with the ITU (International telecommunication Union) Child Online Protection Initiative goals, 19 are the actors who have joined together for the first time to launch, on this day, the Think before you post: the very ample “sign” shows – all side by side – institutions, social networks, companies and organizers from the voluntary sector, in fact all the principal actors, each with their own levels and functions, that are concerned with the Internet, new media and minors: the Ministry for Equal Opportunity, the Ministry for Economic Development, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the National Centre for the fight against Child abuse images on the Internet run by the Postal and Communications Police, the Observatory for the fight against paedophilia and child pornography, the Protection of Privacy Watchdog, Save the Children, Adiconsum, the Italian Internet Provider Association (AIIP), Telecom Italia, Vodafone, Facebook, MySpace, Netlog, Virgilio, Google, Microsoft’s Windows Live, Skuola.net, and the La7 television channel.

New technologies have transformed internet users – and especially the youngest ones – into potential editors of information, pictures, films, etc. Photographs and videos can be shot and easily circulated by mobile phones, sent to a list of contacts, and loaded onto a blog or a social networking profile in no time.

Thanks to the possibility of posting personal pictures or information online offered by social networks, it has become much easier to trace a person through their photos, just as it is now easier to reconstruct his/her curriculum or aspects of his/her life. It’s also become possible to manage one’s online identity so as to be able to transform one’s self into a kind of “celebrity”.

All this can represent an opportunity for socialising, having fun, and even a means of forming new work relations. Many internet users, including many youngsters, do not always realise that whatever is published online, stays online and ends up being outside their control. A photo, maybe even one that’s suggestive, can be retrieved years later by a potential employer. The personal information contained within social networking profiles can be used for illegal purposes by unscrupulous persons.

The “Use Your Head When Posting Online” Campaign, which be found online at www.sicurinrete.it until the 12th of February, aims to sensitise youngsters and adults about the need to treat their personal data with greater care.

“Maybe you don’t even realise it, but when you chat, post, or publish online … your data becomes accessible and not just by you…at times, also by those you don’t want having access to it”, an “Absolute Zero”, for example, reminds the Net’s so many young users through an enjoyable video published on the campaign site’s home.

“A photo is forever! (and we’re not talking about diamonds…) “So, do think twice before publishing anything online” is the message that emerges when the big gift parcel on the home page is clicked on. Or, by clicking on another parcel, you’ll see “You want to use a sexy picture to provoke someone? The problem is what you might actually provoke…”

And there is also no shortage of advice and questions for adults: “When you publish something online you lose control over it. Always keep that in mind”. “The Internet is a public place like any other. Always ask yourself: and if the children should pass by?”

In the case of each of the messages it is therefore possible to reach a deeper level, with further ideas for reflection, as well as advice about how to best safeguard one’s privacy without having to give up the pleasures of the online community.

The Use Your Head When You Post Online Campaign also makes use of the TV spot produced by the European Commission for Safer Internet Day. It will be broadcast throughout Italy all day today by La7 within its daily programme schedule.

More information can be found at www.itu.int/cop
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 9:07:42 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Europe's Internet Kids Like To Keep It Real

Despite the prevalence and popularity of social networking sites like Facebook, almost a third of respondents said that they preferred to meet friends face-to-face, although 44 percent said the internet made it easier to keep in touch with them. More than seven in 10 children said their most common use of the Internet was for gaming, while 59 percent said that they used the worldwide web in the course of doing their homework. The youngsters from Britain, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Poland also expressed a strong sense of social responsibility, with 90 percent saying it was important to look after the planet, and 74 percent saying they recycled regularly.

They've never known a world without the Internet, but they still prefer to meet their friends offline.

 

(Source: Reuters)

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010 11:16:58 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, January 04, 2010
Microsoft Fights The Distribution Of Child-Exploitation Images With PhotoDNA

Thanks to efforts from Microsoft Research, criminals involved in child-exploitation will have less places to hide, especially when it comes down to the nooks and crannies of the Internet. Ernie Allen, president and CEO of National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) notes that while the Internet has created new opportunities for pedophiles to access content in the privacy of their own homes, and to expose themselves less to the risks associated with their illegal activities, work has been done to identify them and bring them to justice. At the same time, PhotoDNA is designed to help stop the distribution of child-exploitation images across the web.

NCMEC will be using a technology donated by Microsoft in order to produce blueprints of known images of children abuse.

 

(Source: Softpedia)

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Monday, January 04, 2010 1:48:30 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Study Finds Sex Messaging Increasing Among Teens

Thirty percent of 17-year-olds with cell phones have received sexting photos or videos, while eight percent have sent them, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. What's more, four percent of 12- to 17-year-olds admit they have texted sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude images of themselves to someone else. Another 15 percent said they have received such images.

Meanwhile, laws and law-enforcement practices have emerged around sexting. The Pew report notes that some law-enforcement officers and district attorneys have begun prosecuting teens who create and share such images under laws generally reserved for producers and distributors of child pornography.

 

(Source: News Factor)

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009 2:37:17 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Internet Safety For Children Targeted

Lessons in using the internet safely are set to become a compulsory part of the curriculum for primary school children in England from 2011.

The lessons are one element of a new government strategy being unveiled called "Click Clever, Click Safe". Children will also be encouraged to follow an online "Green Cross Code" and block and report inappropriate content. The measures have been drawn up by the UK Council on Child Internet Safety, a new body comprising 140 organisations. The campaign intends to encourage children to not give out personal information on the web, block unwanted messages on social networks and report any inappropriate behaviour to the appropriate bodies, which may include the website, teachers or even police.

 

(Source: BBC)

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009 3:34:15 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, December 03, 2009
‘Sexting’ Bullying Cited In Teen’s Suicide

The 13-year-old Florida girl sent a topless photo of herself to a boy in hope of gaining his attention. Instead, she got the attention of her school, as well as the high school nearby. The incessant bullying by classmates that followed when the photo spread put an emotional weight upon Hope that she ultimately could not bear.

Her death is only the second known case of a suicide linked to bullying after “sexting” — the practice of transmitting sexual messages or images electronically. In March, 18-year-old Jesse Logan killed herself in the face of a barrage of taunts when an ex-boyfriend forwarded explicit photos of her following their split. “As far as training them on the Internet and what to look at and what not to look at, yeah, we talked about it,”

 

(Source: MSNBC)

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Thursday, December 03, 2009 3:01:59 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, November 26, 2009
eNACSO Launches Digital Manifesto

The European Union’s first dedicated NGO Alliance for Child Safety Online (eNACSO) launched its Digital Manifesto on 14 November 2009 during the Internet Governance Forum(IGF) in Egypt. ‘The global nature of the internet places a particular responsibility on international institutions and governments to take action at national and international level to ensure children are safe online’ says Dieter Carstensen, eNACSO Chair.

The Digital Manifesto will form part of eNACSO’s ‘Agenda for Action’ document which will be launched in Brussels in May 2010.

 

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Thursday, November 26, 2009 5:19:51 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Cell Phones Risk Children Safety

That television set you discourage your children from watching may not be the greatest threat to their wellbeing. Instead, the mobile phone is the gateway in introducing children to the world of cyberspace, posing a great risk to their safety, a lobby group said Tuesday.

According to The Cradle, the unmonitored use of technology is increasingly exposing youngsters to the risk of harm and violence. "Only 24 per cent of children in the study reported to their parents or an authority of online or cell phone harassment,” Cradle programme manager Brian Weke told journalists. The study also revealed that 77 out of the 96, who had the incidences reported to them, took no action and ignored the seriousness of the matter.

 

(Source: Daily Nation)

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009 11:35:04 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, November 13, 2009
Cyber-Bullying Now The Most Common Form Of Bullying

Nearly half of England's 14-year-olds have been a victim of bullying and cyber-bullying is now the joint most common form, according to new research.

The Government-commissioned research, conducted by the National Centre for Social Research, analysed bullying among more than 10,000 secondary school pupils in England aged 14-16. The initial findings show that 47 per cent of young people report being bullied at the age of 14. After cyberbullying - where children face taunts, threats and insults via the internet and mobile phones - and name calling, the most common type of bullying was teenagers being threatened with violence, being excluded by their friends and facing actual violence.

 

(Source: Telegraph)

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Friday, November 13, 2009 11:30:07 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, November 09, 2009
Framed For Child Porn — By A PC Virus

Pedophiles can exploit virus-infected PCs to remotely store and view their stash without fear they'll get caught. Pranksters or someone trying to frame you can tap viruses to make it appear that you surf illegal Web sites. Whatever the motivation, you get child porn on your computer — and might not realize it until police knock at your door.

An Associated Press investigation found cases in which innocent people have been branded as pedophiles after their co-workers or loved ones stumbled upon child porn placed on a PC through a virus. It can cost victims hundreds of thousands of dollars to prove their innocence.

 

(Source: AP)

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Monday, November 09, 2009 4:51:27 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Internet-Related Child Porn On The Rise

Spain says Internet-related child pornography has risen tenfold in the past five years. Francisco Villanueva of the Interior Ministry says the number of cases has gone from 108 in 2004 to 1,024 last year. Other Internet-related crimes also rose.

Villanueva said Thursday that hacking has risen from 92 to 447 cases, and that bank fraud has more than doubled in the same period, from 509 cases to 1,954. He says piracy of intellectual property decreased slightly from 330 to 298 cases, but that if more resources are not dedicated to policing piracy, Spain could lose up to 300,000 jobs. Villanueva says Spain's cyber crime levels are similar to those of neighboring European countries.

 

(Source: AP)

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Monday, November 09, 2009 4:50:33 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, October 30, 2009
Victim's Mother Warns About Social Networking After Man Charged With Killing

The 17-year-old’s body was dumped in a ditch after she sneaked out of her home on Sunday night to meet a boy she thought was 16, but who turned out to be 32. Her mother, Andrea Hall urged, “Tell your kids to be careful on the internet. Don't trust anybody and don't put your children on Facebook or other sites if they are under age. All we ask now is that people help the police in any way they can. We don't want any other child to be a victim.”

A 32-year-old man, of no fixed abode was due to appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court on Wednesday, charged with manslaughter and kidnap. The convicted sex offender was also charged with failing to notify a new address as required for sex offenders under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

 

(Source: Telegraph)

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Friday, October 30, 2009 1:53:04 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Twitter Warns Of New Phishing Attack

Twitter warned users Tuesday of a new phishing scam on the social networking site. It's the latest in a series of scams that have plagued the site over the past year, designed to trick victims into giving up their user names and passwords.

"We've seen a few phishing attempts today, if you've received a strange DM and it takes you to a Twitter login page, don't do it!," Twitter wrote on its Spam message page. The message reads, "hi. this you on here?" and includes a link to a fake Web site designed to look like a Twitter log-in page. After entering a user name and password, victims enter an empty blogspot page belonging to someone named NetMeg99.

 

(Source: ComputerWorld)

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Friday, October 30, 2009 1:47:09 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Dead Girl 'Met Man On Internet'

A man is being questioned after the body of a teenager he is believed to have met on the internet was discovered in a field in County Durham.

Det Ch Insp Paul Harker said the case highlighted the dangers of meeting people on the internet, and urged parents to monitor their children's online habits. He said: "This is a very, very unusual event. My message in terms of meeting people from the internet is 'please do not do it unless you are absolutely certain it is safe'." He added: "Speak to them about it, speak to their friends, let them know the dangers of the internet."

 

(Source: BBC)

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009 3:18:02 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Girl 'Murdered After Meeting Men On Vampire Website'

A 15-year-old girl who posted her profile on a vampire website was allegedly murdered by two men who created a "fictional internet alter-ego" a court heard.

Carly Ryan's body was found by a swimmer on an Australian beach in 2007. Yesterday a father and son appeared before the South Australian supreme court accused of setting a trap that led to her alleged murder. The girl posted personal details and photographs of herself on the Gothic website www.vampirefreaks.com and soon began an internet romance with a fictitious teenager called Brandon.

 

(Source: Telegraph)

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009 10:32:23 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, October 15, 2009
Is Social Networking Bad For Our Children?

It’s the F word question that all parents now dread. “Can I go on Facebook?” your eleven year-old bullies you over dinner, declaring that absolutely everybody else in her class is not only on Facebook, but also on Twitter as well as Bebo and Orkut and other peculiarly named social networks.

So how should parents in today’s social media age deal with the F word question? Is social networking bad for children’s brains? Should we allow our kids to freely expose their identities on the Internet?

 

(Source: Telegraph)

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Thursday, October 15, 2009 1:44:18 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Youth 'Cannot Live' Without Web

A survey of 16 to 24 year olds has found that 75% of them feel they "couldn't live" without the internet. The report, published by online charity YouthNet, also found that four out of five young people used the web to look for advice.

About one third added that they felt no need to talk to a person face to face about their problems because of the resources available online. The survey looked at how the web influences the well-being of people aged between 16 and 24.

 

(Source: BBC)

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Thursday, October 15, 2009 1:30:38 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Getting Everyone Online Would Save Billions

The founder of lastminute.com, Martha Lane Fox, has unveiled an ambitious policy to get everyone in Britain online by 2012, backed by a study that says it would save the government up to £1bn annually in customer service costs and boost the economy by more than £20bn.

Lane Fox, who is now chair of the government-created Digital Inclusion Task Force, says that getting the 10m Britons who have never used the internet to go online could generate at least £22.6bn in economic benefit – including at least £10.6bn over the lifetimes of the 1.6m children who have never used it.

 

(Source: Guardian)

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Thursday, October 15, 2009 1:26:44 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
People In North East 'Are Most Timid Internet Users' In England

Internet users in the North East of England have the most nervous attitude towards the web, according to research that highlights the country's "digital divide".

Online engagement will soon replace social class as the most powerful determiner of economic success, damaging the career prospects of internet refuseniks, according to the social anthologist who analysed the survey. Nearly one-third (31 per cent) of in the North East are reluctant to use the internet for anything more than sending email and occasional browsing, higher than the national average of 23 per cent.

 

(Source: Telegraph)

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Thursday, October 15, 2009 1:18:36 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Twitter: Don't Change Your Log-in Data Until Further Notice

Twitter users should refrain from changing their log-in data until further notice or else risk getting locked out of their accounts. Twitter is investigating instances of users who have lost access to their accounts after modifying their usernames, passwords or e-mail addresses, the microblogging company said on Tuesday.

Until the problem is resolved, Twitter users shouldn't modify their log-in data, according to an official posting on Twitter's Status Web site. "This seems to affect new users as well as long term users," the note reads.

 

(Source: ComputerWorld)

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009 2:09:06 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, October 09, 2009
7 Things You Should Know About Web Filters

1. There's always a friend's computer. 2. They're a form of censorship. 3. They give you a false sense of security. 4. Kids resent them -- and you. 5. Kids can defeat them. 6. They catch too much. 7. They don't catch everything.

Most parental control programs use a combination of filtering techniques to block access to unwanted sites. But each method is vulnerable, and none promises 100% accuracy. Text-based filters can't really determine the context of words or phrases, so they can block access to perfectly acceptable sites. Words like "sucking," for example, might get caught in the filter and prevent your kid from researching, say, mosquitoes.

 

(Source: Common Sense)

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Friday, October 09, 2009 9:37:36 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, October 02, 2009
No Texting At Dinner! Parenting In The Digital Era

"We were at a restaurant for my mom's birthday. I looked over and there are my daughter and my oldest son texting, holding their phones under the table," said the mom of four in Lewiston, Idaho. "I just came unglued. I was like, `Are you kidding? You're at your grandma's birthday party. Put those phones away now!'"

We all know teens love their gadgets — more for texting than talking. But the devices are posing some new challenges for parents. How can they teach their tech-savvy kids some electronic etiquette? So far, parents are learning on the fly, imposing new rules for their young offenders such as "no texting at dinner."

 

(Source: AP)

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Friday, October 02, 2009 11:50:05 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, October 01, 2009
Social Media An Inviting Target For Cybercriminals

It's your birthday. And thanks to your Facebook profile, everybody knows that. Your wall fills up with well wishes from hundreds of "friends." Sure, it's nice to be noticed. But security experts are skeptical about whether sharing information, such as birthdays, with a broad audience is a bright idea. "It's all about providing the bad guy with intelligence," said Robert Siciliano, CEO of IDtheftsecurity.com.

Many people use their birthdate in passwords and personal identification numbers, and security questions often ask for it to resend a lost password. So broadcasting a birthdate could help cybercriminals pose as others as they log on to various Web sites, experts warned.

 

(Source: CNN)

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Thursday, October 01, 2009 2:09:32 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Protect Your Privacy On Facebook And Twitter

Web surfing is no longer a solo affair. Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks have quickly become an integral part of the online culture, and with them comes a whole new array of potential security threats.

Social networking is built on the idea of sharing information openly and fostering a sense of community. Unfortunately, an online network of individuals actively sharing their experiences and seeking connections with other like-minded people can be easy prey for hackers bent on social-engineering and phishing attacks. It's important to be aware of the threats, and to maintain a healthy skepticism in your online interactions.

 

(Source: ComputerWorld)

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009 1:02:00 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, September 24, 2009
Age-old Kids' Query In A Text Message: Wuz4dina?

Teens and texting is a subject that's often discussed in pathological terms. They're texting in class! They're sexting! They need thumb therapy! But texting isn't always bad. In some families, it's become a primary form of communication between parents and children. In fact, one of my favorite texts from kids is the earth-shattering query "Wuz4dina?"

Psychologist Thomas W. Phelan says one of the biggest problems with teens is getting them to communicate at all, so if they're willing to text their parents, we should embrace the trend. "Instead of seeing the whole text thing as an enemy, see it as an ally."

 

(Source: AP)

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Thursday, September 24, 2009 3:10:50 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, September 14, 2009
Too Much Online Sharing May Haunt You, Study Warns

A third of Web users under 25 claim they don't care about their "digital tattoo" and the items they post online, says Symantec. Symantec said a "digital tattoo" is created by all the personal information web users post online and can easily be found through search engines by a potential or current employer, friends and acquaintances, or anyone who has malicious intent.

The security firm revealed that nearly two-thirds of all those surveyed had uploaded personal photographs, while 79 percent had at least part of their address online and nearly half had their mobile phone numbers online.

 

(Source: PCWorld)

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Monday, September 14, 2009 10:03:27 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Obama Warns Teens Of Perils Of Facebook

President Barack Obama warned American teenagers on Tuesday of the dangers of putting too much personal information on Internet social networking sites, saying it could come back to haunt them in later life. "Well, let me give you some very practical tips. First of all, I want everybody here to be careful about what you post on Facebook, because in the YouTube age, whatever you do, it will be pulled up again later somewhere in your life," Obama said.

The presidential words of advice follow recent studies that suggest U.S. employers are increasingly turning to sites such as Facebook and News Corp's MySpace to conduct background checks on job applicants.

 

(Source: Reuter)

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Wednesday, September 09, 2009 9:22:51 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Privacy Bill Would Set Rules For Online Marketing

Web sites that collect information about visitors in order to target advertising on their own pages would be required to prominently disclose what information they gather. Web sites that share user information with outside advertising networks, which place ads on sites all over the Internet, would be required to obtain user approval before collecting data. Web sites that deal with sensitive personal information, such as medical and financial data, sexual orientation, Social Security numbers and other ID numbers, would be subject to the opt-in rule.

Rep. Rick Boucher, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, hopes to put in a bill governing Internet advertising.

 

(Source: AP)

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Tuesday, September 08, 2009 2:23:39 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, September 07, 2009
`Don't Post That!' — Networking Etiquette Emerges

In an age in which instant news and constant life streams from Facebook and Twitter change the way we communicate, the rules of etiquette surrounding these interactions are still evolving. What happens when I expected a phone call about something and read about it in a status update instead? What's the polite response to a distant friend posting bad news on Facebook? What to do with sensitive information?

Good etiquette on Facebook might not apply on Twitter or in an e-mail. These days, milestones like marriage, pregnancy, breakups and divorce are being described over more forms of communications than ever. Because it's so new, there is sort of a gray area of what the manners are,"

 

(Source: AP)

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Monday, September 07, 2009 12:08:11 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, September 04, 2009
Internet Addiction Center Opens In US

Ben Alexander spent nearly every waking minute playing the video game "World of Warcraft." As a result, he flunked out of the University of Iowa. He needed help to break an addiction he calls as destructive as alcohol or drugs.

Internet addiction is not recognized as a separate disorder by the American Psychiatric Association, and treatment is not generally covered by insurance. But there are many such treatment centers in China, South Korea and Taiwan - where Internet addiction is taken very seriously - and many psychiatric experts say it is clear that Internet addiction is real and harmful.

 

(Source: AP)

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Friday, September 04, 2009 8:46:19 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, August 31, 2009
Facebook Changes Privacy Policy

Facebook has agreed to make worldwide changes to its privacy policy as a result of negotiations with Canada's privacy commissioner. Last month the social network was found to breach Canadian law by holding on to users' personal data indefinitely.

It will also make it clear that users can deactivate or delete their account. "These changes mean that the privacy of 200 million Facebook users in Canada and around the world will be far better protected," said Canadian privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart.

 

(Source: BBC)

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Monday, August 31, 2009 9:53:24 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, August 28, 2009
Facebook And Twitter Users 'Could Be Targeted By Burglars'

Users of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter could face higher insurance premiums because burglars may be using them to find out their personal details. The Digital Criminal report, which polled 2,000 social network users, found nearly two fifths had posted details of their holiday plans, with nearly two thirds of 16-24 year-olds doing so.

"I call it 'internet shopping for burglars'. It is incredibly easy to use social neyworking sites to target people, and then scope out more information on their actual home using other internet sites like Google Street View, all from the comfort of the sofa."

 

(Source: Telegraph)

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Friday, August 28, 2009 2:23:03 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Teens react to online warnings

A group of teenagers have reacted to warnings that using sites like Facebook, Bebo and Myspace can leave them traumatised. The Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, says the sites encourage users to value the number rather than quality of friends they have. He’s worried this makes people get too many temporary friends instead of real, genuine ones. He said: “It’s an all or nothing syndrome that you have to have in an attempt to shore up identity. "Friendship is not a commodity, friendship is something that is hard work and enduring when it’s right.” 

But speaking to Newsbeat a group of teenagers mainly rejected what the spiritual leader of the four million Catholics in England and Wales had to say. Ash is 19 and from London. He said: "These sites are just a different way of socialising and I think the nation’s the friendliest it’s ever been because of that.

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Tuesday, August 04, 2009 10:17:29 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, April 29, 2009
ITU Secretary-General presents COP initiative to the Pope

During his visit to the Vatican on 29 April 2009, ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré met His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and presented to him ITU's Child Online Protection initiative (COP). COP has been established as an international collaborative network for action to promote the online protection of children worldwide by providing guidance on safe online behaviour in conjunction with other UN agencies and partners. COP's key objectives are:

  • Identify risks and vulnerabilities to children in cyberspace
  • Create awareness
  • Develop practical tools to help minimize risk
  • Share knowledge and experience

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009 9:50:37 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, April 06, 2009
Talks with French Government Officials and Industry Leaders

During the UN CEB meeting held at UNESCO in Paris, Dr Touré took the opportunity to have extensive talks with French Government officials and industry Leaders, touching upon issues of great importance to both France and ITU: The negative impact of the economic crisis on the ICT sector as well as the solutions and opportunities ICTs present for global economic revival. The promotion of the forthcoming ITU Telecom World 2009 was received positively.

Monday, April 06, 2009 8:05:08 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, March 23, 2009
ITU's Global Cybersecurity Agenda housed in new centre in Malaysia

Geneva, 20 March 2009 - The global headquarters of the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT) was inaugurated today in Cyberjaya on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The new IMPACT facilities will host ITU's Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA), which is an international framework for cooperation aimed at finding strategic solutions to boost confidence and security in an increasingly networked information society.

The new IMPACT headquarters was inaugurated by Malaysia's Prime Minister Dato' Seri Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi, who is also Chairman of IMPACT's International Advisory Board, and ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré.

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Monday, March 23, 2009 2:13:26 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Children work round web controls

British parents grossly underestimate how much time their children spend on the net, suggests a report.

Written by security firm Symantec, it found that UK parents believe their children are online for 18.8 hours per week. The true figure is 43.5 hours.

The report found that British parents were among those with the worst grasp of how long their children are online.

The research also found that in many cases the net was providing a new way for families to communicate.

The Online Living report from Symantec found that 20% of the 6,427 adults questioned had caught their children looking at unsuitable net sites.

Of the British parents questioned, 81% said they were confident that they knew what they children were looking at online.

By contrast, 31% of the UK children in the survey said their parents did not know what they were doing online.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009 3:49:22 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Sunday, March 15, 2009
Queen of Sweden grants an audience to ITU Secretary-General during his visit to Stockholm, Sweden

Her Majesty the Queen of Sweden granted an audience to ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré during his visit to Stockholm. In the presence of the Secretary-General and Deputy-Secretary General of the World Childhood Foundation and the Secretary-General of ECPAT, Dr Touré gave an introduction to the goals of ITU's Initiative "Child online Protection". Her Majesty the Queen was invited to become the Patron of the COP Initiative.
 
The mission was marked by a visit to the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) and to the Ericsson Group  where he had extensive talks with the respective Presidents. Dr Touré also met CEOs of Swedish Sector Members (Ericsson, Teliasonera, Dolby Sweden, Rymdbolaget, Teracom) to lay emphasis on ITU's activities and the opportunities of partnership for the Private Sector.

Sunday, March 15, 2009 11:22:39 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, March 06, 2009
EU fights huge increase in web child abuse

The number of child sex abuse websites in Europe has soared and the violence shown has become more extreme, the European commission and Europol, the European police agency, warned yesterday.

Jacques Barrot, EU commissioner for freedom, justice and security said Europe was facing "an extremely dramatic situation" after the number of child abuse websites increased fourfold between 2004 and 2007. At the launch of an international coalition to disrupt finances of the online child sex trade, he warned that organised criminal gangs were making an "indecent profit" for "horrific crimes against the most vulnerable people - children".

British police who tackle online child abuse and will lead the work of the European Financial Coalition said that up to 300 commercial child abuse websites were available at any one time and earnt well in excess of €30m (£26.8m) a year. Officers at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) in London processed 1.6m images in the past year alone and identified and rescued 50 children.

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Friday, March 06, 2009 4:08:00 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Child abuse image trade targeted

Profits made by peddlers of child sex abuse images are being targeted by a pan-European alliance.

The European Financial Coalition brings together payment firms, law enforcement agencies and child protection groups to disrupt commerce in the images. By tracking cash made by sites selling abuse images, investigators hope to stop the trade and find abusers.

Backers include Mastercard, Visa, Paypal and UK's Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP). Funded by the European Commission, the coalition is intended to serve as a "stark warning" to those involved in the sale and distribution of child sex images.

"It is a reality that the rapid growth of the internet has opened up a market for images of child abuse," said EC vice president Jacques Barrot in a statement. "The European Financial Coalition (EFC) will help identify and protect victims of this horrific crime by following the money trail that takes the police to the offender," he said.

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Tuesday, March 03, 2009 5:33:18 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, February 23, 2009
Online child abuse image warning

Children's charities have expressed "serious concerns" many UK households still have access to images showing child sex abuse via their computers.

The government had asked all internet service providers (ISPs) to block illegal websites by the end of 2007. But firms providing 5% of broadband connections have still failed to act. One of them, Zen Internet, said in a statement: "We have not yet implemented the IWF's recommended system because we have concerns over its effectiveness."

It is understood other ISPs have cited the cost of blocking the illegal material as a reason not to participate in the scheme. But the NSPCC's Zoe Hilton said: "Allowing this loophole helps feed the appalling trade in images featuring real children being seriously sexually assaulted." The blocked websites come from a list supplied by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), but some smaller providers refuse to use the list.

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Monday, February 23, 2009 9:32:54 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, February 11, 2009
ITU and European Commission Mark Safer Internet Day

ITU and the European Commission have joined forces to mark Safer Internet Day. This year, the focus is on protecting children online. Children are among the most active — and most vulnerable — participants online.

According to recent surveys, over 60 per cent of children and teenagers talk in chat rooms on a daily basis. Three in four children online are willing to share personal information about themselves and their family in exchange for goods and services. One in five children will be targeted by a predator or paedophile each year. Protecting children in cyberspace is, therefore, clearly our duty.

"Children are very resourceful in making the most of online services such as social networking sites and mobile phones," said Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society and Media. "But many still underestimate the hidden risks of using these, from cyber-bullying to sexual grooming online. Today, I call upon all decision-makers, from both the public and the private sector, to listen and learn from children and to improve awareness strategies and tools to protect minors." Ms Reding added: "The Internet binds the whole world together. The safety of children who use it is a concern for everyone. I am therefore very happy that ITU is associated with us in doing this, today on Safer Internet Day, and all year round."

"Child online safety must be on the global agenda," said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré. "We must ensure that everyone is aware of the dangers for children online. And we want to promote and strengthen the many outstanding efforts that are being made around the world, such as the Safer Internet Programme, to limit these dangers."

This year, the 6th edition of Safer Internet Day includes more than 500 events in 50 countries worldwide. ITU and the European Commission will collaborate on this and future events, such as World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, 17 May 2009, which is dedicated to "Protecting Children in Cyberspace". The European Commission’s Directorate General for Information Society and Media has declared its full support for ITU’s Child Online Protection (COP) Initiative.

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Find out more information on ITU's Child Online Protection Initiative.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 10:32:27 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Teens targeted in net safety push

Half of Europe's teenagers browse the web with no parental oversight or supervision, a survey suggests.

The research into the web habits of 20,000 14 to 19-year-olds across Europe found that 51% enjoy unfettered access to any and every website.

The MSN research also found that 29% of the teenagers it quizzed have suffered bullying while using the web.

It comes as the EU marks Safer Internet Day with pledges from 17 social sites to do more to protect younger users.

"We were surprised that it's over 50% without any parental control," said John Mangelaars, head of Microsoft's consumer and online divisions in Europe.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009 9:49:30 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, January 16, 2009
Child porn in the age of teenage 'sexting'

An international child pornography ring that traded more than 400,000 illegal images and videos - some depicting pre-pubescent children in sexual and sadistic acts - is the kind of heinous behavior that makes you glad there are strict laws against such things. Seven US men were convicted of the crime on Wednesday.

Then there are the miscarriages of such laws, like the charging this week of six Pennsylvania teens alleged to have sent and received nude or semi-nude pictures of themselves on cell phones. It's the kind of case overzealous prosecutors have begun bringing with alarming frequency over the past year or two.

There's a stark difference between the two sorts of crimes. The first represent the almost unspeakable depravity of adult monsters who prey on the utterly defenseless. The latter threaten to brand individuals who have yet to reach the age of 18 as sex offenders for indiscretions that are largely victimless. [Source: The Register]

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Friday, January 16, 2009 9:37:49 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, December 11, 2008
Men charged for global porn links

Australian police have charged at least 19 men with being part of a global child pornography network involving people in 70 countries.

The investigation was prompted by a tip-off from Brazilian police. The men who have been charged include a police officer, a senior lawyer and a childcare worker. Some 500,000 images of child abuse and 15,000 videos were seized, and the Australian Federal Police said more arrests were expected later this week. Some of the seized videos showed victims as young as 12 months old, while others showed children being abused for more than two hours. "These are some of the worst images, I must say, that the Federal Police have ever seen," Australian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner Andrew Colvin told reporters. The Australians said that information supplied by Brazil to the international policing network, Interpol, had helped identify more than 200 suspects in 70 countries. [Source: BBC News]

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Thursday, December 11, 2008 12:20:43 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, December 08, 2008
Brit ISPs censor Wikipedia over 'child porn' album cover

Six British ISPs are filtering access to Wikipedia after the site was added to an Internet Watch Foundation child-pornography blacklist, according to Wikipedia administrators.

As of Sunday morning UK time, certain British web surfers were unable to view at least one Wikipedia article tagged with ostensible child porn. And, in a roundabout way, the filtering has resulted in Wikipedia admins banning large swaths of the United Kingdom from editing the "free encyclopedia anyone can edit."

On Friday, Wikipedia administrators noticed that Virgin Media, Be Unlimited/O2/Telefonica, EasyNet/UK Online, PlusNet, Demon, and Opal were routing Wikipedia traffic through a small number of transparent proxy servers as a way of blocking access to the encyclopedia's article on Virgin Killer, a mid-1970s record album from German heavy band Scorpions.

At it stands, the article includes an image of the album's original cover, which depicts a naked prepubescent girl. The cover was banned in many countries and replaced by another when the album made its 1976 debut. And apparently, the image is now on a blacklist compiled by the Internet Watch Foundation, a government-backed organization charged with fighting online child pornography in the UK and Europe. [Source: The Register]

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Monday, December 08, 2008 10:15:37 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, December 01, 2008
EU to search out cyber criminals

Remote searches of suspect computers will form part of an EU plan to tackle hi-tech crime.

The five-year action plan will take steps to combat the growth in cyber theft and the machines used to spread spam and other malicious programs.

It will also encourage better sharing of data among European police forces to track down and prosecute criminals.

Europol will co-ordinate the investigative work and also issue alerts about cyber crime sprees.

Data share

The five-year plan won the backing of the EU ministers at a meeting which also granted 300,000 euros (£250,000) to Europol to create the system to pool crime reports and issue alerts about emerging threats.

The ministerial meeting also backed the anti-cyber crime strategy that will see the creation of cross-border investigation teams and sanction the use of virtual patrols to police some areas of the net.

Other "practical measures" include encouraging better sharing of information between police forces in member nations and private companies on investigative methods and trends.

In particular the strategy aims to tackle the trade in images of children being sexually abused. In a statement outlining the strategy the EU claimed "half of all internet crime involves the production, distribution and sale of child pornography".

Forces will also take part in "remote searches" and patrol online to track down criminals. The EU said controls were in place to ensure that data protection laws were not breached as this information was gathered and shared.

"The strategy encourages the much needed operational cooperation and information exchange between the Member States," said EC vice-president Jacques Barrot in a statement.

"If the strategy is to make the fight against cyber crime more efficient, all stakeholders have to be fully committed to its implementation," he added. [Source: BBC News]

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Monday, December 01, 2008 4:12:46 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |