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ICO seeks views on how tween-friendly websites should be designed

The UK's data protection watchdog is crowdsourcing ideas for the code that will govern how websites and apps aimed at under-16s are designed. Children's use of technology is a recurring problem for the government, which needs to be seen protecting the youth of today without appearing like Luddites to those who value technology …
Rebecca Hill, 27 Jun 2018
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UK digital secretary throws cold water over bid for laws on kids' use of social media

UK digi secretary Matt Hancock has rejected the idea of greater government intervention on kids' use of tech – just as The Daily Telegraph launched a campaign calling on politicians to take stronger action. The Tory-friendly paper has teamed up with the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) as well …
Rebecca Hill, 11 Jun 2018
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Privacy folk raise alarm over schools snooping on kids' online habits

Privacy activists have called for more transparency and parental control over web monitoring in British schools after a survey indicated that almost half track their students online. Defend Digital Me, a children's privacy campaign group, teased (PDF) the survey's findings – which will be published in full in its State of Data …
Rebecca Hill, 13 Mar 2018
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Intellectual Property Office drops, er, patently cool cartoon to teach kids about trademarks

How do you get seven-year-olds interested in intellectual property? Anyway, indeed, why would you want to? No matter, the UK's Intellectual Property Office has launched a cartoon answering the question no one has ever asked. By relaunching the cartoon Nancy and the Meerkats, the story of would-be pop star Nancy, a French …
Kat Hall, 18 Jan 2018
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Better filters won't cure this: YouTube's kids nightmare

Comment For the "smartest guys in the room", Google often seems to be the last to know what’s going on in its own front room. And something very strange indeed is going on over at YouTube. The artist James Bridle – who created the witty "self-driving car trap" (spoiler: it's a chalk circle) – has been investigating the outer reaches …
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US docs halve screen time for tots: No more than an hour a day

The American Academy of Pediatrics has changed its recommendations for children's use of electronic media, and has cut the overall time it recommends that tots spend on-screen. For the past 17 years, the influential group has recommended a blanket ban on digital media viewing until the age of two, and then allowing two hours a …
Iain Thomson, 24 Oct 2016

Italian MP threatens parents forcing veggie diets on kids with jail

Italian vegetarians and vegans face fines and imprisonment if they attempt to foist their meat and dairy-dodging habits to their offspring, should an Italian politician get her way. Elvira Savino is pushing a bill in Italy’s lower house which would make it a criminal offence to impose a “diet lacking in essential elements for …
Joe Fay, 10 Aug 2016

Irish mum coughs to children's allowance fiddle

An Irish mother has been given until October to repay the balance of €15,618 in children's allowance payments which she claimed while working for Microsoft in Australia. Clodagh Logue, 42, pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to an offence under the Social Welfare Consolidation Act, the Irish Independent reports. The court …
Clodagh Doyle, 21 Apr 2016
The Child Catcher

UK to stop children looking at online porn. How?

Commercial porn websites face big fines if they allow British children unfettered access to their content. The companies must introduce age verification and will have a legal obligation to ensure that those accessing their material are over 18 years old. The government said the proposals put the responsibility “squarely on …
Drew Cullen, 16 Feb 2016

Kids' TV show Rainbow in homosexual agenda shocker

A pastor has revealed that legendary UK kids' TV show Rainbow may have attempted to "homosexualise all children". In a shock YouTube vid, "Pastor D" of the End Times News Ministry questions the true meaning of the show's title song, which explicitly states the programme makers' plan to "paint the whole world with a rainbow …
Lester Haines, 14 Dec 2015
Hello Barbie

Mattel urged to scrap Wi-Fi mic Barbie after Register investigation

Privacy activists are urging Mattel to axe its Hello Barbie doll, which sends recordings of children's voices across the internet for voice-recognition analysis. The improbably proportioned doll is fitted with a small embedded computer, a microphone, a speaker and a Wi-Fi interface. When the toy's belt buckle is pressed, …
Iain Thomson, 12 Mar 2015
The Child Catcher

Google hatching YouTube Kiddie Vids – report

Google is about to enter the lucrative revenue stream of advertising to children, with the Chocolate Factory set to reportedly announce a YouTube app for kids. YouTube executive Malik Ducard will unveil YouTube Kids on Monday at the entertainment industry event Kidscreen Summit, according to The Wall Street Journal. A source …
Kat Hall, 20 Feb 2015
The new Facebook AMBER Alert

AMBER alerts of snatched kids to appear on Facebook (and Bing)

Video Facebook and Microsoft’s Bing have worked together with the US Department of Justice to add AMBER alerts for missing children to their websites. Youtube Video These warnings are put out whenever a child is reported to have vanished, and urge people to keep an eye out for the youngster: when the program started, alerts were …
Iain Thomson, 13 Jan 2015

GOOGLE is COMING FOR YOUR CHILDREN

Comment Google is developing children-specific versions of its products aimed at the under-12s, smashing one of the tech industry's taboos. Pavni Diwanji, Google VP of engineering, says of the playground invasion that the goal is to "change our products to be fun and safe for children", or so she told USA Today. The paper drily notes …
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Feds act to stop cyber-bullying, whatever it is, at some future point

Australia's Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull, and his parliamentary secretary Paul Fletcher, have jointly announced that it is working on legislation to allow the appointment of a Children’s e-Safety Commissioner. The Commissioner will oversee “an effective complaints system, backed by legislation, to get harmful …
Darren Pauli, 18 Sep 2014
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Be prepared... for your Scouts-loving sprog to become tiny spin doctor

Scout Leaders are forever telling their youthful charges to be prepared for anything. But judging by a list of the new badges designed to reflect the modern age, new-school scouts had better be prepared for days spent working as corporate spin doctors and nights focused on whittling down their carbon footprint. The Scouts have …
Jasper Hamill, 14 Apr 2014
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UK parents to splurge £3 BEELLLIIIION on kids' tech gifts at Christmas

Parents will spend over £3bn on the latest tech gadgets for their little nippers this Christmas, spoiling them absolutely rotten. Nearly 85 per cent of parents will spend £243 on electronics for their kids for the holidays, while the rest will spend over £400 on the lucky blighters, according to recent research from uSwitch. …

Unsupervised Brit kids are meeting STRANGERS from the INTERNET

Brit kids are engaged in risky behaviour online, including arranging meetings with people they meet on the internet and playing games intended for older age groups, according to a new study. A survey of 1,162 primary school age children in the south east and Guernsey found that many were sharing personal information on the web …

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