Happy New Year!

December 31st, 2014

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Merry Christmas!

December 25th, 2014

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Wacky Internet Predator Wednesday #299

December 24th, 2014

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Oakville man, 18, faces Internet child exploitation charges

An 18-year-old Oakville man, arrested Thursday, Dec. 18, is facing numerous Internet child exploitation-related charges.

The charges stem from alleged incidents involving four young females, aged 12-13 years old, from Owen Sound, ON, and a 15-year-old female from Pennsylvania, U.S.

During the early morning hours of Dec. 18, members of the Halton Regional Police Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE) and the Owen Sound Police Service (OSPS) Criminal Investigation Branch, executed a search warrant at an Oakville residence, according to a news release from the OSPS.

The two services had joined forces earlier last week when it was discovered Halton police were investigating the same suspect as the OSPS. Halton officers were looking into the alleged Internet luring of a female in the U.S.

“I would again like to emphasize the importance of parents keeping open lines of communication with their children/teens regarding their online activities. Speak with your children, talk about the need for and set up ground rules for Internet use, involve them in that critical conversation and educate them on the danger of sexual predators using the Internet.” – Det. Sgt. Jeff Fluney, Owen Sound Police Service

According to the OSPS, the suspect is alleged to have used a fake identity on a social networking site and contacted the girls.

Once befriended, police said the females were asked to send nude photographs of themselves. If they followed his request, they were then told to send more or those already obtained would be sent out over the Internet. [READ FULL STORY]

Parents failing to protect their children online, survey reveals

December 23rd, 2014

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December 22, 2014
Parents failing to protect their children online, survey reveals

Most parents are not using internet safety controls to protect their children from being exposed to inappropriate content online, a survey has found.

Internet Matters, which conducted the survey, said more than 60 per cent of parents had not put parental controls on their children’s toys with online access.

The survey also revealed that more than 40 per cent of parents do not supervise their children’s internet usage, and almost a third did not know how to set up internet filters on their children’s devices.

Dark web
The news comes as Prime Minister David Cameron announced a new law which could see people who are caught seeking sexual images of children online imprisoned for two years.

He also revealed that the National Crime Agency alongside the Government’s intelligence gathering agency GCHQ, would be setting up a unit to combat the “dark web” – an encrypted online area where images can be exchanged in secret.

Meanwhile in Merseyside shocking new figures revealed that children as young as ten had been arrested for rape and sex offences. [READ FULL STORY]

Cyberbullying bill goes to governor as parents look to keep children safe

December 22nd, 2014

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December 21, 2014
Cyberbullying bill goes to governor as parents look to keep children safe
By Diana Dillaber Murray, The Oakland Press

Back when Danelle Gittus and Jean MacLeod were kids, their parents only had to worry about protecting them as they played outside with kids on their own block and at the neighborhood school that made up their small world.

Today, Gittus is the mother of two, and MacLeod has three children. And like the majority of parents of today, their children’s worlds no longer are confined to a neighborhood but global via the Internet, making the job of parenting much more difficult, said MacLeod, who is social media specialist at Oakland Schools.

However, MacLeod and Gittus, director of communication services at Oakland Schools, say if parents have the proper tools, they can help their children take advantage of all the positive benefits of the digital world and avoid the negative aspects of the social media that continues to grow and morph, attracting children to use it, sometimes in unwise ways. [READ FULL STORY]

Facebook FAIL Friday 192

December 19th, 2014

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December 14, 2014
Fla. mom posts Facebook pics of son dressed as girl as form of discipline
Deadline Miami

WINTER GARDEN, Fla. — A mother and her roommate are facing charges after they forced her 10-year-old son to dress up like a girl to humiliate him as a form of discipline, Winter Garden police said.

Christle Prado and Keith Driscoll were charged with cruelty toward children and infliction of mental injury on a child, police said.

Authorities said police found out about the case after the boy’s relative saw the photos on Facebook of the boy crying while dressed as a girl and wearing makeup. [READ FULL STORY]

December 14, 2014
Norwalk man assaulted wife over Facebook post
By Robin Sattler, The Hour

NORWALK — Police say a Norwalk man allegedly lost his cool over his wife’s Facebook activity and assaulted her Saturday afternoon.

Roberto Diaz-Olivia, 32, of 15 Reynolds St., was charged with interference with a 911 call, risk of injury to a minor and third-degree assault. Diaz-Olivia was issued a $2,000 bond and a court date of Dec. 15 at Norwalk Superior.

According to a police report, tenants that live downstairs from Diaz-Olivia reported overhearing a heated dispute between him and his wife and frantically called for help. [READ FULL STORY]

December 16, 2014
Retired Police Officer Under Fire For Racist Facebook Photo

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A retired Baltimore City police officer is accused of posting a derogatory and racist photo on Facebook.

Vic Carter reports the Baltimore City police department is reacting as other officers are outraged by it.

The photo—which we blurred because many will find it offensive—shows African-American men on a car during a protest in Ferguson over the death of teenager Michael Brown juxtaposed with a similar derogatory photo. [READ FULL STORY]

December 14, 2014
Salisbury police officer fired for Facebook post
WXII Channel 12

SALISBURY, N.C. —A veteran with the Salisbury Police Department has been fired for making what officials called an “inappropriate and inflammatory posting” on his personal Facebook page.

Area media outlets reported that Police Chief Rory Collins said in a statement that the posting by Officer William Torrence “was made concerning current events taking place in our nation.”

Local outlets reported that Torrence’s post referred to protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown Jr., an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed by a white police officer. Collins denied that the comments were racist in nature, but declined to elaborate. [READ FULL STORY]

Happy Hanukkah!

December 16th, 2014

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Alabama High School Bans Cell Phones To Curb Cyberbullying

December 15th, 2014

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December 14, 2014
Alabama High School Bans Cell Phones To Curb Cyberbullying

An Alabama high school has banned cell phones because of cyberbullying, according to Cullman Times. Good Hope High School administrators issued a ban on cell phones on campus in response to “inappropriate and abusive messages” posted about students on the mobile app Yik Yak.

The report goes on to say that last month, Cullman City Schools temporarily restricted cell phone use for Cullman High School students. The students were not allowed to use their cell phones without an adult present “in an effort to curb inappropriate posts generated about Cullman High School students and faculty on Yik Yak,” according to Cullman City Schools Superintendent Dr. Doreen Griffeth.

Dr. Griffeth went on to say that the restrictions at Cullman High, however, only lasted a few days, as “students began policing themselves and took responsibility for the negative posts.” She said that the students “stepped-up and decided they wanted the full freedom to use their phones and didn’t want these posts to represent them or their community.” She says, “We’re training our kids to be responsible and alerting our parents to these issues when they come up.”

The report says that students at Good Hope were notified early Thursday of the ban after “several anonymous users posted offensive comments targeting students,” according to Assistant Principal Houston Blackwood. [READ FULL STORY]

Wacky Internet Predator Wednesday #298

December 10th, 2014

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December 10, 2014
Toronto dad poses as preteen daughter to catch online predator
Ohio man who cyber stalked 12-year-old Toronto girl sentenced to 22 years in jail.
By Manisha Krishnan, Toronto Star

When Cliff Ford learned the address of the Ohio man who’d made sexual advances on his 12-year-old daughter on the Internet, his instinct was to drive there and burn the house down.

“As a father, you want to kill the guy, but at the same time that’s not doing justice,” said the 37-year-old Toronto resident.

Instead, Ford gathered information about the man by posing as his daughter online; he then turned over his findings to police.

As a result, Nicholas Bowers, 31, was arrested at his home near Akron, Ohio, and charged with child exploitation. He was recently sentenced to 22 years in jail.

“Countless children have been saved from the predatory behaviour exhibited by Mr. Bowers,” said Sgt. Eric East of the Springfield Township Police Department.

In early January, Ford, who has the email accounts of his two children synced to his phone, noticed a subject line on a message intended for his daughter that read, “Hey sexy.”

He immediately took over the account and discovered the sender was a man his daughter had met on gifboom.com, a social networking site that allows users to upload animated images of themselves. Browsing through their chat history, Ford could see the man had been complimenting his daughter’s appearance.

“He was basically grooming her,” he said.

Ford pretended to be his daughter, hoping to discover the man’s identity. Meanwhile, the chat content escalated and Bowers, believing he was talking to Ford’s daughter, sent a video of himself masturbating.

“That showed exactly what his intentions were,” said Ford. “It was sickening.” [READ FULL STORY]

School cyberbullying bill OK’d in Michigan Senate

December 9th, 2014

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December 9, 2014
School cyberbullying bill OK’d in Michigan Senate
David Eggert,

LANSING – Michigan school districts would have to add cyberbullying to their anti-bullying policies and report bullying data annually to the state under a bill passed Tuesday in the Senate, where its chief advocate is hopeful for quick approval on the other side of the Capitol.

The Senate voted 30-7 to endorse the requirements, which were sent to the House for potential consideration before the lame-duck session ends next week. The legislation, which would die if the House declines to act, is designed to address gaps in a 2011 law that requires K-12 districts and charter schools to have anti-bullying policies on the books.

Sen. Glenn Anderson, the bill sponsor, said student bullying done through social media, texting and instant messaging is probably more prevalent than physical bullying.

“It is a very serious problem,” the Westland Democrat said. “To fail to address that, we’ll continue to see children abused in our districts and damaged and lives taken. It’s something that we cannot continue to ignore.[READ FULL STORY]