Child Online Safety & Protection

January 11, 2021 — A Malaysian mother was horrified to find that her children were watching inappropriate content on YouTube one day and took to Facebook to voice out how easy it is for young kids to have access to such content on the Internet.

Norsila Kassim wrote in a Facebook post that she was in the middle of hanging the laundry when she heard her kids fighting over the television remote. Her older daughter was upset that her younger brother was watching cartoons, but the brother started crying as he couldn’t watch his cartoons. Source : World Of Buzz

December 22, 2020 — In a world where digital technology influences our lives, the safety in the digital platform becomes a major concern. Nowadays, children use digital tablets and smartphones a lot more to surf the Internet. Watching videos online without close parental supervision, may easily be exposed to online predators.

When we were kids, we were told to avoid strangers due to fear of being harmed or kidnapped but nowadays strangers can go straight to our children via various online platforms and interactive games. Source: New Sarawak Tribune

Kuala Lumpur: December 1, 2020 – Serba Dinamik Group Berhad (SDGB), under the e-Security & Privacy Channel (ESPC), is collaborating with Cyber8Lab and eSafeKids in Australia to introduce the Child Online Safety & Protection (COSP), the first real-time measure to help nations better understand their children’s online safety status.

In a joint statement, they said that both organizations collaboration pays no less attention to the aspects of digital literacy, readiness and safety among Malaysians, especially youngsters towards realizing Malaysia’s digital aspiration. Source: ESPC

Malaysia: November 25, 2020 — Kaspersky hosted an online forum to discuss ways keeping the kids safer online in conjunction with the home based learning due to the schools in Malaysia being closed because of Covid-19.

The forum featuresd industry experts including Ong Kian Yew, Chief Executive Officer at PIKOM (the National Tech Association of Malaysia); Datuk Dr. Chiam Heng Keng, Founding President of The Early Childhood Care and Education Council Malaysia; and Nazrudin Habibur Rahman, a TV Host. Source: ESPC

November 5, 2020 — How can parents help their kids understand what it’s like to live through a pandemic?

These colorful GIFs, presented in colorful short animations, depicts stories about staying safe both in real life and in the online world.

Through this digital library called GIF Learning Library, young students will understand basic concepts of online safety, and help them and their parents cope with the new demands of online learning. Source: Manila Bulletin

Australia: October 23, 2020 — Forty-four Australian men are facing 350 charges of possessing child exploitation material after a law enforcement referral sparked a large, nationwide criminal investigation.

Operation Molto, coordinated by the Australian Federal Police-led Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE), has removed 16 children from harm after identifying alleged offenders in every Australian state, plus the ACT. Source: ESPC

October 12, 2020 — The figures emerge as the UK is among seven nations warning of the impact of end-to-end encryption on public safety online.

Facebook was responsible for 94% of the 69 million child sex abuse images reported by US technology companies last year.

The figures emerged as seven countries, including the UK, published a statement on Sunday warning of the impact of end-to-end encryption on public safety online. Source: Sky News

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Australia: October 9, 2020 (AFP) — A 20-year-old man accused of accessing child abuse material from the dark web is expected to face Katherine Local Court today (9 October 2020) charged with two offences.

The Northern Territory Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (NT JACET) arrested and charged the man yesterday (8 October 2020) after executing a search warrant at his home in Katherine. Source: ESPC

Malaysia, October 3, 2020 — According to police sources, 9,215 commercial crime cases have been recorded nationwide involving losses amounting to RM717.2 million for the period January to April.

Communications and Multimedia Deputy Minister Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin said 5,697 incidents of cyber fraud was reported to CyberSecurity Malaysia for the period January to August compared to 4,671 incidents for the same period last year, an increase of 22 per cent. Source Malay Mail

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October 1, 2020 — A few netizens have recently brought attention to a Telegram group that is spreading women’s photos without their consent

Considering the sensitivity of the situation, SAYS has decided to not reveal any of the victims’ names and information in order to protect their identities.

Several victims have reached out to SAYS and we have been able to access the Telegram group. The following screenshots and details are material SAYS directly obtained from the group. Source: SAYS

The virtual meeting takes place on September 30 and will discuss strategies for national broadband plans by 2021 that prioritize the safety of younger users

WEBWIRE: September 28, 2020 — Currently, children and adolescents already represent one-third of all internet users worldwide. By 2022, more than 1.2 billion new users will be added to this amount, with children and adolescents being the fastest growing online demographic. Source: WebWire

Tasmania: September 25, 2020 — A 27-year-old Tasmanian man has been charged with child abuse material offences, after the Tasmanian Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team (JACET) executed a search warrant at Goodwood premises this morning (Friday 25 September, 2020).

Investigators arrested the man at his Goodwood property, seizing a number of electronic items including a tablet and a mobile phone. Source: Australian Federal Police

Paul Haskell-DowlandEdith Cowan University and Ismini VasileiouDe Montfort University

Before COVID-19, children would spend a lot of the day at school. There they would be taught about internet safety and be protected when going online by systems that filter or restrict access to online content. Source: The Conversation

Up to $10,000 Reward Available


USA: September 23, 2020 — The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Michael James Pratt and is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to his location and arrest. Source: FBI 

Sydney: September 9, 2020 — A casual schoolteacher who believed he was talking to a teenage girl has been charged over alleged online grooming.
The 61-year-old was arrested in Rosemeadow Sydney’s south-west yesterday after an investigation by Strike Force Trawler.
Police will allege in court the man thought he was talking to a 14-year-old and engaged in sexually explicit conversations. Source: 9NEWS

Kuantan, Malaysia: Aug 16, 2020 — The Communications and Multimedia Ministry has plans to introduce cyber parenting skills as part of efforts to help parents or guardians monitor and educate their children on the use of electronic gadgets. Source: BERNAMA

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — August 14, 2020 — A New Jersey man who sought and exchanged sexually explicit videos and images with a 13-year-old New York girl paid $20,000 in bitcoin in a bid to have the child victim murdered before eventually calling it off, prosecutors announced Thursday. Source: Associated Press

Geneva: June 23, 2020 – The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on Tuesday launched new Guidelines on Child Online Protection, considering that children are at increased risk of harm online during COVID-19 pandemic.

“The question of how to ensure children’s online safety in the age of COVID-19 is now more pressing than ever before,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.

“ITU’s new Guidelines on Child Online Protection are a very timely tool to safeguard the well-being, integrity, and safety of our children, our most precious gift.” Source: Anadolu Agency

June 23, 2020 – A University of Texas at Dallas study of 100 mobile apps for kids found that 72 violated a federal law aimed at protecting children’s online privacy. Source: Science Daily

April 14, 2020 – “School closures and strict containment measures mean more and more families are relying on technology and digital solutions to keep children learning, entertained and connected to the outside world, but not all children have the necessary knowledge, skills and resources to keep themselves safe online”, said Howard Taylor, Executive Director of the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children, a public-private collaboration between UN agencies, governments, industry, regional bodies, civil society and others. Source: UN News

February 12, 2020 – Australia has been ranked as the world’s second safest country for child online safety in the first-ever global Child Online Safety Index (COSI), conducted by international think-tank, the DQ Institute. 

DQ used survey data from 145,426 children and adolescents in 30 countries over the last three years to determine the rankings, in which Australia came second only to Spain. The final rankings are based on six measures including education and exposure to cyber risks. Source: The Sector