News – Online Safety

News – Online Safety

19/04/2021: Priti Patel: Facebook encryption plan ‘must not hamper child protection’

Facebook’s plans to roll out encryption across its messaging services could jeopardise ongoing work to combat child abuse, the Home Secretary is to warn. Such encryption means only the sender and recipient can read messages. “We cannot allow a situation where law enforcement’s ability to tackle abhorrent criminal acts and protect victims is severely hampered,” Priti Patel will tell a charity-hosted event. Facebook says its plans for wider encryption protects users’ privacy.

Source: BBC

19/04/2021: Facebook encryption plans will hit fight against child abuse, warns Patel

NSPCC fears end-to-end encryption of messages will make tools that identify grooming and images of abuse useless. Home secretary Priti Patel will call for tech companies including Facebook to “live up to their moral duty” and do more to safeguard children in a roundtable discussion about end-to-end message encryption.

Source: Guardian

07/04/2021: Gaming paedophile groomed victim with cryptocurrency

A paedophile who groomed an 11-year-old boy through online gaming has been told by a judge he may have to serve all of his eight-year jail sentence. Jay Creed, 53, encouraged the boy to make a video of himself carrying out sexual activity on at least 20 occasions, Truro Crown Court heard. He also gave the boy cryptocurrency to play games, the court was told.

Source: BBC

26/03/2021: Facebook end-to-end encryption plans make stopping child abuse online harder

Facebook is turning back the clock on children’s safety with new plans that will make it harder to detect and disrupt child abuse online. We’re calling for the Government to take action on the risks of end-to-end encryption, after our new data reveals Facebook-owned apps were used in more than 52% of online child sex crimes. In one year, there were over 9,470 instances of child sex abuse images and online child sex offences recorded by police (where the means of communication was known).

Source: NSPCC

24/03/2021: Child abuse: Warning of siblings being groomed online

Criminals and paedophiles are trying to groom and exploit young siblings as part of an emerging trend of online sexual abuse, experts have warned. The Internet Watch Foundation said victims ranged from 3-16 years, with some groomed to copy adult pornography. It found 511 examples involving siblings between September and December – roughly one in 30 instances of all “self-generated content” in that time.

Source: BBC

24/03/2021: ‘Beyond heart-breaking’ abuse as predators groom children to film siblings and friends

Internet sex predators are tricking children into abusing their own siblings and friends as new research reveals this “disturbing” trend is eight times worse than experts had feared. A new study published ahead of the Internet Watch Foundation’s annual report reveals how internet sex predators are targeting children to have them abuse their siblings and friends*, as well as themselves, on camera. The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is the UK-based charity responsible for finding and removing images and videos of children suffering sexual abuse from the internet.

Source: Internet Watch Foundation

22/03/2021: Neo-Nazi group targeting children as young as 14 during coronavirus lockdown

An international neo-Nazi group is targeting British teenagers as young as 14 for recruitment during the coronavirus lockdown, a report has found, as record numbers of children are arrested for terrorism offences. The National Partisan Movement (NPM) runs online channels where members “regularly express antisemitism, Holocaust denial and support for mass murderers”.

Source: Independent

20/03/2021: Police warn students to avoid science website

Police have warned students in the UK against using a website that they say lets users “illegally access” millions of scientific research papers. The City of London police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit says using the Sci-Hub website could “pose a threat” to students’ personal data. The police are concerned that users of the “Russia-based website” could have information taken and misused online.

Source: BBC

18/03/2021: Online Safety Live England

The UK Safer Internet Centre are delivering a FREE 90-minute virtual Online Safety briefing via Microsoft Teams. Open to all professionals who work with children and young people, this event will give you the latest in online safety research, legislation, technology, tools and resources along with exclusive access to the presentation and resource materials.

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18/03/2021: Online Safety Live England (Afternoon)

The UK Safer Internet Centre are delivering a FREE 90-minute virtual Online Safety briefing via Microsoft Teams. Open to all professionals who work with children and young people, this event will give you the latest in online safety research, legislation, technology, tools and resources along with exclusive access to the presentation and resource materials.

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12/03/2021: Poll shows widescale public support for stronger laws to protect children from online abuse

An NSPCC/YouGov survey has found that 9 in 10 respondents want social media networks and messaging services to be safer for children in their design, and for tech bosses to be held responsible for safety. The poll, which questioned more than 2,000 adults found that they overwhelmingly backed new laws to keep children safe on social media.

Source: NSPCC

03/03/2021: Parental Controls information: Sony Playstation 5

Learn how to set up parental controls and manage your child’s use of games, apps, and features on the PS5 console. The PS5 includes parental controls and spending limits that work alongside family management and play time controls.

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02/03/2021: Child abuse hotline reports rise in calls from men viewing illegal content

Child abuse experts have reported a rise in the number of men contacting a specialist helpline for people who are watching or considering watching online child sexual abuse material. The Stop It Now! helpline had its busiest year in 2020, handling more than 12,500 calls, emails and live chats – up from 10,700 in 2019. More than 3,500 individuals asked for help because they were worried about their own or someone else’s online sexual behaviour towards children.

Source: Guardian

01/03/2021: Domestic Abuse Bill Soon to Outlaw Threats to Share Intimate Images

The Domestic Abuse Bill has taken some big steps forward in protecting victims of intimate image abuse. Threats to share intimate images will soon be criminalised, with perpetrators facing up to two years in jail if they threaten to post private content. This has been added along with the concept that victims will no longer need to live in the same address as the perpetrator for the law to apply.

Source: South West Grid for Learning

25/02/2021: Spy agency turns to AI to tackle child abuse

UK intelligence agency GCHQ intends to use artificial intelligence to tackle issues from child sexual abuse to disinformation and human trafficking. The UK’s adversaries were already using the technology, it said. The agency has published a paper, Ethics of AI: Pioneering a New National Security, saying the technology will be put at the heart of its operations. And officials say it will help analysts spot patterns hidden inside large – and fast growing – amounts of data.

Source: BBC

14/02/2021: How far right uses video games and tech to lure and radicalise teenage recruits

After a 13-year-old was sentenced last week, a young victim of radicalisation talks about how white supremacists target children. John was 15 when a member of his Facebook group volunteered to become Britain’s “first white suicide bomber”. Another advocated attending Friday prayers at the local mosque and “slaying people where they stood”. Another wanted to firebomb the place of worship.

Source: Guardian

11/02/2021: Snapchat’s New Safety Resources Launch In The UK

In the run up to Safer Internet Day, it was great to see that safety continued to be prioritised in Snapchat’s latest new resources. If someone you know uses Snapchat, find out about 2 new resources designed to help keep all Snapchatters safer online.

Source: South West Grid for Learning

08/02/2021: Big tech firms must take responsibility for online child sex abuse because police are ‘overwhelmed’ by number of cases, senior officer says

Big tech firms must accept responsibility for allowing online child sexual abuse, with law enforcement agencies ‘overwhelmed’ by the number of cases, a police chief has said. Norfolk Chief Constable Simon Bailey said too many parents still have a ‘laissez-faire attitude’ to what their children do in their bedrooms, warning of the risks of unfiltered access to the web. Mr Bailey, who is the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) lead for child protection, said tech giants such as Facebook are ‘not doing enough’ to prevent the uploading, sharing and viewing of child abuse images.

Source: Daily Mail

04/02/2021: How Report Harmful Content Can Help This Safer Internet Day

In the run up to Safer Internet Day we wanted to take a deep dive into the Report Harmful Content service and how they are helping to protect 13+ year olds online. Here at South West for Grid for Learning, we advocate for all who come across or fall victim to harmful content online, supporting them to take action. Secondary students, teachers and other education professionals are very welcome to get in touch with us through Report Harmful Content (RHC) so together we can build a safer online experience.

Source: South West Grid for Learning

01/02/2021: Children are bombarded with betting adverts on social media

Premier League clubs including Arsenal and Manchester City were last night accused of ‘giving football a bad name’ for promoting gambling firms on Twitter. Many children will be among the legions of followers amassed by the clubs on the platform. Twitter posts from Arsenal’s official account urged their 17million followers to gamble with Sportsbet.io, described as the side’s ‘official betting partner’.

Source: Daily Mail



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