Articles about child protection

Terres Des Hommes' child-like avatar

Child protection group's creep-catcher passes Turing Test

An international sting has trapped “international Webcam sex tourists” from 65 countries by using an avatar in place of a 10-year-old child to solicit viewers into asking for on-camera sex acts. The avatar, dubbed “Sweetie”, was developed and operated by the Dutch arm of international group Terres Des Hommes, and was operated …

Christmas ruined for 2,100 sex offenders booted off online games

Thousands of online gaming accounts linked to convicted sex offenders were shut down in the US this month. Operation: Game Over resulted in the closure of 2,100 accounts registered through Gaia Online, NCSOFT, Funcom, THQ and other gaming platforms. Earlier this year 3,500 accounts were deleted from Microsoft, Apple, Blizzard …
John Leyden, 27 Dec 2012

App designed for safe sending of naughty selfies is rife with risks

A smartphone app touted as a safe way to exchange naked pictures and saucy texts poses a huge privacy risk. Snapchat is available for both iPhone and Android devices, and is marketed towards teenagers and young adults. The app lets senders control how long a message or picture can be viewed, before it expires after a maximum …
John Leyden, 8 Nov 2012
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Facebook tests parental-guidance tools in plan to pull in under-13s

Facebook is testing ways to open its social network to kids under the current cut-off age of 13. Many pre-teens will typically circumvent Facebook's sloppy screening process by simply lying about their age during the sign-up process. Facebook has acknowledged this widespread action by children under the age of 13 and is …
Kelly Fiveash, 6 Jun 2012
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ISPs torch's smut-blocking master plan

Telcos have clobbered an independent Parliamentary inquiry into online child safety by saying that its recommendations are unworkable. Prime Minister David Cameron indicated in the House of Commons yesterday that he welcomed the plans, but the broadband industry's lobby group, the Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Apr 2012
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Child abuse files stolen from council worker in PUB - £100k fine

The UK's data protection watchdog has fined two English council bodies a total of £180,000 after finding they had failed to keep "highly sensitive information" about children secure. Croydon Council was fined £100,000 after a bag containing papers about a child sex abuse court case was stolen from a social worker in a pub in …
OUT-LAW.COM, 15 Feb 2012
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CEOP announces 'record results' in child protection battle

Child protection net-cop quango the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre has announced what it describes as "record results" in its fifth annual statistics. According to the agency, during 2010-2011 CEOP was responsible for the safeguarding of 414 children, the arrest of 513 child sex offenders and the …
Lewis Page, 31 May 2011
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Munro report: Child protection staff hindered by IT

A number of social workers interviewed for a government-commissioned review (177-page PDF/2.1MB) of child protection in England said that their locally procured computer systems were "substantial obstacles" to good practice. The workers were participating in an online conversation as part of the report by Professor Eileen Munro …
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Net censors use UK's kid-safety frenzy to justify clampdown

An obsession with child protection in the UK and throughout the EU is encouraging a cavalier approach to law-making, which less democratic regimes are using to justify much broader repression on any speech seen as extreme or dangerous. That was the accusation made by academic and online legal expert, Dr Yaman Akdeniz, at last …
Jane Fae , 10 Feb 2011
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ContactPoint may be cannibalised for parts

ContactPoint may be dead, but the government could yet find a use for some parts of the old system when its new national signposting service finally surfaces, some time in the next couple of years. That appears to be the general gist of a letter sent by Tim Loughton, Secretary of State for Education to Professor Eileen Munro, …
Jane Fae , 19 Jan 2011
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Confidential report reveals ContactPoint security fears

An independent study on the previous government's controversial child protection database highlighted significant security and privacy risks. Deloitte found significant shortcomings in the security of the ContactPoint database when it evaluated the system back in 2008. But only a summary of its report was ever published prior …
John Leyden, 29 Jun 2010
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Child safety tsar demands faster action

The UK may be a world leader when it comes to internet safety – but it needs to do more - that was today’s verdict from Professor Tanya Byron – author of the government’s current policy on the internet, Safer Children in a Digital World. Byron confirmed that the UK is the world leader in child internet safety but advised that …
Jane Fae , 29 Mar 2010
The Register breaking news rejects calls to open up on ContactPoint security

The UK government has turned down an opposition request to explain why it has refused to publish a full security report into ContactPoint, the controversial child protection database. Deloitte carried out of a security audit of the scheme but the government only published an executive summary, rather than the whole report, …
John Leyden, 25 Nov 2009
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UK teens bullied into sending sex texts

UK teenagers are increasingly sending provocative pictures of themselves to each other in mobile phone and email messages, with some youngsters getting bullied or coerced into making explicit images of themselves. A survey of 2,000 UK youngsters by charity Beatbullying found that more than a third (38 per cent) of 11-18 year- …
John Leyden, 4 Aug 2009
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Nursery worker faces child sex charges

Devon police have charged a nursery worker with seven offences including sexual assault and making and distributing indecent images of children. Vanessa George, 39, from Efford in Plymouth, a member of staff at Little Ted’s Child Day Care Unit in Laira, was arrested at her home on Monday night. She was targeted after images …
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ContactPoint rollout grinds to a halt, again

ContactPoint, the child protection database set up after the murder of Victoria Climbie, has been delayed for the third time. The brakes were first put on the project after the loss of 25m records by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs which led to a general review of the government's shoddy data security practises. It was …
John Oates, 24 Mar 2009
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ITU calls for single child helpline

UN telco branch the International Telecommunications Union has called on member nations to standardise their child helpline numbers, to help jet-setting children remember who to call. The proposal to use 116 111 as the standard number around the world comes from Child Helpline International, an organisation that works to …
Bill Ray, 17 Jun 2008

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