USA Today: YouTube star DaddyOFive and wife get probation for controversial video ‘pranks’ on kids

USA Today: YouTube star DaddyOFive and wife get probation for controversial video ‘pranks’ on kids . “A father and stepmother, who posted controversial prank videos on YouTube, have been sentenced to five years probation for child neglect. Michael and Heather Martin of Maryland faced fierce criticism for profanity-filled videos posted on the YouTube channel ‘DaddyOFive,’ which many said depicted abusive behavior toward their five children.”

Times of India: Internet firms asked to erase Blue Whale links

Times of India: Internet firms asked to erase Blue Whale links. “Concerned over children being prodded to commit suicide on the Blue Whale Challenge game, the government has directed top internet platforms – Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Microsoft and Yahoo – to immediately remove the links to the notorious online game.”

WAFB: New website to provide free resources to thousands of La. children with developmental disabilities

WAFB: New website to provide free resources to thousands of La. children with developmental disabilities. Louisiana, not Los Angeles. “The Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF) launched a new website Wednesday, Exceptional Lives Louisiana, which has been two years in the making…. With a few clicks, families can find the resources they need to help their child with Autism or other developmental challenges. The website includes step-by-step guides that can be tailored for each family with just a few questions and help them do things like understand a diagnosis, apply for benefits, or even find a service provider like a therapist or social worker.”

EurekAlert: New tumor database deployed to battle childhood Cancer at UC Santa Cruz

EurekAlert: New tumor database deployed to battle childhood Cancer at UC Santa Cruz. “UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute’s Treehouse Childhood Cancer Initiative and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation are making a 11,000+ tumor database available for use by all researchers in the pediatric cancer community and beyond in our continued battle against childhood cancer.”

The Guardian: Stop children bingeing on social media during holidays, parents urged

The Guardian: Stop children bingeing on social media during holidays, parents urged. “As web use reaches record highs among children, Anne Longfield has attacked the new methods social media giants are using to draw them into spending more time staring at tablets and smartphones. In an interview with the Observer, she said that parents should ‘step up’ and be proactive in stopping their children from bingeing on the internet during the summer holidays.”

The Register: Parents claim Disney gobbled up kids’ info through mobile games

The Register: Parents claim Disney gobbled up kids’ info through mobile games . “Disney has been sued in America for allegedly collecting children’s personal information without getting parents’ approvals. A class-action lawsuit [PDF] filed Thursday in northern California accuses the unstoppable children’s entertainment brand and three of its developer partners of violating privacy laws by tracking the locations and activities of kids who use their mobile games – without first asking parents to approve the activity.”

BBC: YouTube child protection mechanism ‘failing’

BBC: YouTube child protection mechanism ‘failing’. “YouTube’s child protection mechanism is breaking down, according to some of the company’s volunteer watchdogs. There’s a constant anxiety that those seeking to abuse or groom young children will use social media to reach them – and YouTube is aware of the problem. The video-sharing site has a special network of volunteers, called Trusted Flaggers, who help identify worrisome posts and comments on the network.”