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What NCOSE Is Doing About Internet Safety Month 2020

*This blog is the first in a series for Internet Safety Month. The first part covers current actions NCOSE supports in order to fight for internet safety. The second installment covers progress that still needs to be made on this front.* As designated by the U.S Senate, June is National Internet Safety Month in the…

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STATEMENT – Google Fails to Protect Kids on School Sanctioned Chromebooks

National Center on Sexual Exploitation Calls on Google to Create Safer Products for Kids Amid COVID-19 and Internet Safety Month Washington, DC (June 10, 2020) – In recognition of Internet Safety Month, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is calling on Google to make necessary fixes to Chromebook laptops to prevent children from easily…

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Young woman on a Zoom video call with a censored "Zoombombing"

How to Secure Zoom Calls and Protect from Exploitative “Zoombombing”

As more groups and individuals turn to Zoom for video conferencing during the COVID-19 pandemic, a problematic trend called “Zoombombing” is on the rise. Unfortunately for the many thousands (likely millions) of people who are using Zoom video conferencing for the first time for work, school, and socializing, Zoom isn’t as secure as it should…

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5 Things You Can Do to Ensure Your Children are Safe Online During Quarantine

COVID-19. SARS-CoV-2. Call it what you want, but the novel coronavirus is all anyone is talking about anymore. The COVID-19 health pandemic has closed schools, cancelled most activities, and isolated a large swath of the population at home all at once. In the midst of the social distancing, self-isolation, quarantines, and lockdowns, we’re all feeling…

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7th Grade Girl Exposed to Porn on School Device

Excerpt from ky3 Some Springfield parents are concerned about inappropriate material that’s accessible on their children’s school-issued Chromebooks. They contacted KY3 News about those concerns, specifically that pornography being viewed by young children in an ad at the bottom of a web page. “I started teaching in public schools over 20 years ago, and for…

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Google Images Returns Pornographic Results in Less Than 1 Second

When someone types a keyword into the search bar of Google Images, they don’t expect to see pornography and sexually explicit images on the first page of results. But unfortunately, despite some steps forward, that’s still happening. PROGRESS We thank Google for recently making a change we have long asked for–placing the SafeSearch option in…

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Person using laptop in the dark with shadow behind them representing the shadowy and looming threat of Google and Mozilla/Cloudflare's move toward centralized DoH

Google’s Centralized DoH Plan Could Grow Online Child Sexual Abuse and Break Safety Filters

From high speed Internet, 4G/5G, smartphones, streaming media, social media apps, to TOR and centralized DoH the amazing technological advances revolutionizing our daily lives have also been adapted—with incredibly devastating “success”—to further criminal and sexually exploitative ends. It’s been more than 20 years since I first became involved in the movement to end sexual exploitation….

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Porn Addiction Led Teen to Become a Registered Sex Offender Before His First Kiss

A registered sex offender before his first kiss. While this might sound impossible, this is sadly the case for “Jamie,” a thirteen-year-old boy found in possession of child pornography via a police raid. Jamie’s parents were completely unaware of their son’s escalating pornography addiction over the previous three years. What had begun as friends showing…

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School Assignment Google Search Pulls Up Pornographic Content

Current college student and mother of 3 boys Stephanie Strawser was working on an essay on slavery for class and did what most students do first: she Googled it. Looking for a synonym for the word ‘bondage’ for her assignment, Stephanie was instead bombarded with pornified imagery and sexual content. The problem was so bad…

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5 Angry Parents Speak Up About Unprotected School-issued Chromebooks

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has heard numerous stories in recent years of children being exposed to hardcore and softcore pornography at school and on school-issued devices. Sometimes, the schools have inadequate, outdated, or poorly managed filters in place at the school level (check out our project to address this here). Sometimes, the problems…

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