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Robots could help children give evidence in child abuse cases
Who should do the questioning?Image Source/Alamy Stock PhotoBy Timothy RevellWOULD a child open up to a robot? A team at Mississippi State University is suggesting using robots to question children in...
Google's Family Link app introduces child-safe Google accounts
Google is making an effort to cater to the needs of families with its new Family Link app, which enables parents to create Google accounts just for their children. The app gives parents complete control...
BBC screenshots child abuse images on Facebook—Facebook reports it to cops
Facebook reader comments 9 Share this story Facebook was forced to report the BBC to the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) after the broadcaster shared with the company screenshots of "sexualised images...
Robot companion’s can-do attitude rubs off on children
“You worked hard and succeeded!” says Tega the robot companionPersonal Robots Group/MITBy Timothy RevellArtificial intelligence has a new job: setting a good example for your kids. It seems that children’s...
US court says PSN data doesn’t get 4th Amendment protection
Aurich x Getty reader comments 13 Share this story If you have any legally incriminating information sitting in your PSN account, don't count on the Fourth Amendment to protect it from "unreasonable search...
You can now use your child’s phone addiction to make them smarter
Do you find your child’s addiction to their phone or tablet is standing in the way of their education? Here’s a simple trick to help you fool them into learning while they play.Play My Way is an app parents...
Child sex abuse org urges Web firms to sign up to “game-changing” hash list
Aurich Lawson / Thinkstock reader comments 14 Share this story On its twentieth anniversary, the UK's Internet Watch Foundation—propped up by Microsoft's PhotoDNA tech—is urging Web companies to use its...
How much screen time is right for your kids?
From iPad screen time to hours of watching TV, children are consuming media from an early age. To keep up with fast-changing technology in the digital era, the American Academy of Pediatrics has released...
Low Rates of Breastfeeding Increase Child Mortality
A new study from researchers at Harvard University is highlighting the importance of breastfeeding babies. The research - published in the journal Maternal and Child Nutrition and says that breastfeeding...
Judge: child porn evidence obtained via FBI’s Tor hack must be suppressed
EnlargeAndrew Brookes / Getty Images News reader comments 2 Share this story Further ReadingJudge rules in favor of child porn suspect: Search warrant was improperA federal judge in Iowa has ordered the...
India Launches First Internet Hotline to Tackle Surge in Child Porn
India on Monday launched its first internet hotline to encourage people to report online child pornography and curb a surge in photographs and videos on the internet showing children being sexually exploited,...
Facebook restores iconic Vietnam War photo it censored for nudity
[...] the social network took down the photo, an action that quickly spurred a wave of criticism over how Facebook was censoring images. “An image of a naked child would normally be presumed to violate...
Anger At Facebook's Censoring Of Vietnam Girl
The Pulitzer Prize-winning picture, which shows a naked nine-year-old child crying, is at the centre of a freedom of speech debate in Norway after Facebook deleted the image from an author's profile page.Norwegian...
Avatar Helps Children Recovering from Illness Feel Less Lonely
A small avatar may help children who are recuperating from a long-term illness and feel isolated from their friends and classmates. The robot takes their place in school. From home or the hospital, the...
Hidden danger of sharing kids’ pics
To share, or not to share? That’s the digital dilemma. Picture: SolStock EVERY TIME we log into our Facebook feed these days, it seems we’re inundated with pictures of adorable babies and children. But...
The porn site saga isn’t over
An international porn ring targets Queensland women and schoolgirls. Courtesy: 7 News Queensland Can a porn ring sharing pictures of schoolgirls really be shut down? A PORN ring targeting more than 70...
Aussie cops ran child porn site for months, revealed 30 US IPs
John Skewes reader comments 2 Share this story Further ReadingFBI: Exploit that revealed Tor-enabled child porn users wasn’t malwareTurns out the FBI isn't the only agency to take over a child pornography...
Court: Feds must get warrant to search e-mail, even if cops find child porn
Sara Björk reader comments 3 Share this story Further ReadingGmail spots child porn, resulting in arrest [Updated]A federal appeals court in Denver has ruled that e-mailed images obtained by the National...
Sex offenders banned from Pokemon Go
New York is enforcing a new rule to keep child sex offenders on parole from reoffending. Should Australia follow suit? NEW YORK is implementing a ban to stop registered sex offenders on parole from playing...
Couple Admit Leaving Son To Play Pokemon GO
Police found the youngster abandoned outside his family's residence in East Payton Street in San Tan Valley.The temperature was 30C (90F), he had no water and he was screaming and crying and trying to...
‘It was such a stupid thing to do’
A boy was pictured standing in a rhino enclosure at Dublin Zoo (generic picture). Picture: Supplied A YOUNG boy has been pictured standing inside a rhino enclosure at a zoo in Ireland’s capital, just metres...
The best GPS trackers for kids
GPS trackers for kids are designed to give parents or carers peace of mind about a child's whereabouts. It's not always easy to keep both eyes on active youngsters, and GPS tracking is the next-best way...
New partnership aims to clamp down on use of bitcoin for child porn
LONDON (Reuters) - London-based bitcoin start-up Elliptic and the Internet Watch Foundation, a charity that monitors online child sex abuse, will cooperate to clamp down on the use of bitcoin in online...
FBI: Exploit that revealed Tor-enabled child porn users wasn’t malware
JackFurther ReadingOnce more, a judge rules against gov’t in Tor-enabled child porn caseDOJ may appeal: "We are disappointed with the ruling and considering our options."A federal judge in Virginia has...
Debate rages over parental role in gorilla incident
The Cincinnati Zoo's decision to shoot and kill an endangered silverback gorilla to protect a young child who entered its enclosure has sparked fierce debate on social media about the zoo's actions and...
‘I admit it tore me up inside’
Officers at a US zoo have killed a gorilla that had grabbed a small boy who fell into the ape exhibit moat. Harambe was shot dead after a four-year-old boy fell into an enclosure at Cincinnati Zoo. Source:...
Once more, a judge rules against gov’t in Tor-enabled child porn case
Tristan SchnurrFurther ReadingFeds must hand over NIT source code or dismiss child porn charges, lawyer saysFBI already gave source code to lawyers in similar Nebraska case—why not again?On Wednesday,...
Judge says suspect has right to review code that FBI has right to keep secret
Eric NorrisFurther ReadingFeds must hand over NIT source code or dismiss child porn charges, lawyer saysFBI already gave source code to lawyers in similar Nebraska case—why not again?A federal judge in...
Mozilla bid to intervene in U.S. child porn case rejected
(Reuters) - A federal judge has rejected Mozilla Corp's request to force the U.S. government to disclose a vulnerability related to the Firefox web browser that the company says was exploited by the FBI...
This startup's efficiency is saving lives
This article was first published in the June 2016 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content...
Child porn suspect jailed indefinitely for refusing to decrypt hard drives
Yuri SamoilovA Philadelphia man suspected of possessing child pornography has been in jail for seven months and counting after being found in contempt of a court order demanding that he decrypt two password-protected...
68,000 child sex abuse URLs were removed in 2015
More than 68,000 URLs hosting images and videos of children being sexually abused were taken offline 2015, the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has said.The majority of the websites hosting either explicit...
68,000 child pornography URLs were removed in 2015
More than 68,000 URLs hosting child pornography were taken offline 2015, the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has said.The majority of the websites hosting either explicit photographs or videos of children...
Judge invalidates warrant that let feds hack Tor-using child porn suspect
WikipediaFurther ReadingFeds want an expanded ability to hack criminal suspects’ computersProposed rules to let one judge authorize "remote access" essentially anywhere.A federal judge in Massachusetts...
Sense A Life is a car seat monitor that could save a life
It’s actually easier than some can imagine to leave a child behind in a car. Sense A Life aims to stop this from happening by acting as a warning to warn parents and caregivers of a child left...
FBI fights back against court order demanding Tor exploit source code
Symantec The FBI is dragging its heels on a court order which requires the agency to reveal how an exploit was used against the Tor network to find a suspected child pornography viewer and their true...
FBI iPhone solution may not necessarily crack other cases
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The FBI's discovery of a way to hack into the phone of one of the San Bernardino killers may not be the master key that allows prosecutors across the country to unlock iPhones in...
‘Seriously!!! With your child in the car?’
Traffic Police in Dunsborough test a golf buggy driver at the local course. TRAFFIC police in Western Australia’s southwest have vented their frustration on social media after a motorist was caught three...
Qustodio Parental Control (for iPhone)
It may sound like a Phil Collins song, but Qustodio is actually a parental control tool, a program for protecting kids from the nonstop nightmare that is the unfiltered Internet. And with mobile devices...
'Mind-tracking' tech may tell us why so many children have ADHD - CNET
Millions of children around the world are medicated for ADHD, usually following a short psychological assessment. Niedring/Drentwett/Corbis The spectre of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, more...
‘As if he is from another planet’
Matthew Graham was supported by his sister and father during his court hearing. WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT A MELBOURNE man running a paedophile empire on the dark net from a bedroom in his parent’s house...
Virtual therapy 'helps with depression'
A new therapy which involves a patient embodying themselves in a virtual reality avatar of a crying child could help with depression, research has suggested. Patients wear a headset that projects a life-sized...
S.F. startup Lully aims to help parents calm kids’ night terrors
S.F. startup Lully aims to help parents calm kids’ night terrors Carol Lin was resigned to the idea that there was nothing she could do about her daughter Madelyn’s sleep terrors — almost nightly fits...
Detecting dyslexia: a new toolkit makes diagnosis easy
Comments Gurgaon | Published:January 31, 2016 12:13 am By Nandini Chatterjee Singh & team A sizeable number of Indian children suffer from dyslexia. It is a disorder in which otherwise normal children...
CES 2016: iPad learning tool integrates toys to teach children to read
Silicon Valley upstart Square Panda announced a new phonics toolset that integrates with iPhones and iPads at CES 2016. Developed in collaboration with the Agassi Foundation, Square Panda's learning system...
Smart rules for kids' smartphone use
Little Emma or Aiden has been begging and pleading all year for a smartphone, and you dutifully left the little package under the tree. The kids will be ecstatic. Parents, not so much. Now you have a...
Hello Barbie: concerns over toy that could be spying on your children
Toy Talk, who designed Hello Barbie technology, told NBC: “In this case the information that was discovered does not identify a child. Nor does it compromise any audio of a child speaking.” Legal professor...
FBI: Manhattan dentist offered tooth cleaning, flash drives with child porn
Wolf dental office, looking out, from an image he shared online.John WolfDr. John Wolf, a dentist in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, ran a solid practice with glowing reviews on sites like Yelp....
Samsung wants you to smash your TV so you can buy a Samsung - CNET
Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.This unsuspecting child is about to destroy for good. Samsung/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET When...
Teen sexting is definitely a problem, but a felony?
In some states, 'sexting' among teens can lead to felony charges.(Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto) USA TODAY columnist Steven Petrow offers advice about living in the Digital Age. True or false: Your teen...
Starling counts the number of words a child is exposed to
The more words a toddler is exposed to, the better are the chances he or she will have have social, emotional and intellectual success (in other words, a higher IQ). This process should start before the...
UK gov't tackles Dark Web with new cybercrime unit
Symantec The UK government has launched a dedicated cybercrime unit given the task of tackling serious crime rings and the sexual abuse of children online. The Dark Web is a tiny area of the Deep Web...
How artificial intelligence is moving from the lab to your kid's playroom
Mattel’s Hello Barbie is an AI-powered toy that’s coming to retailers this holiday season. (Mark Lennihan/AP) Artificial intelligence, which has already made inroads into fields ranging from medicine...
When missing kids go viral
William Tyrrell’s shocking disappearance has Facebook demanding answers. THE idea of a “viral” missing child sounds wrong, like people rubbernecking from their cars for a better view of an accident. While...
Facebook posts UK missing kids alerts
Facebook is to start sending missing child alerts to UK-based members who may be able to help. Posts about high-risk cases will appear high up in the News Feeds of users who are located within the areas...
Road to the Future: Baby car seats get smarter
Brian Cooley looks at Evenflo's new baby car seat with SensorSafe technology. The new car seat provides an electronic warning when a child is left in the car using the car's OBD-II port connected under...
The guy who invented Android just teased his new company's smartphone for the first time
The father of Android, Andy Rubin, is currently kicking the tires on a new smartphone company named Essential. Rubin teased the company's first device on Monday, posting an image to Twitter and noting...
Apple's AR glasses could arrive in 2018
Step aside Snapchat Specs and get out the way Google Glass, Apple could be just a year away from its own face-worn wearable. The Cupertino firm is now being heavily tipped as currently expediting its...
Apple just made a deal that could reinvent the App Store for a new generation
Workflow is somewhat of a visual programming tool that's easier than writing an app but probably too wonkish for the average consumer. Gillett said Apple might get under the hood, making it easier for...
Chinese Court Rules in Favor of Apple in Patent Disputes
A Chinese court has ruled in favor of Apple in design patent disputes between the Cupertino, California company and a domestic phone-maker, overturning a ban on selling iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones...
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