To publish pictures of your kids can become illegal in Sweden

More on kids, and Sweden is ahead of the trend as is normal on children’s rights.

There is a new law (barnkonventionen svensk lag) being discussed which looks as though it will be effective in 2020 which basically means that parents are not permitted to post pictures of their children online without their permission.

This came to my notice following a Post I made on a private group on Facebook informing that it was against human rights and a right to a private life to Post pictures of children and any individual should not be posted without their permission. I made this Post because I was horrified (although not surprised) to find that someone had posted a video of a couple of teenagers on mopeds on the island (where I live) driving too fast, and was asking who they were. The culprits were uncovered. In main she was praised for stopping them, names were mentioned, until the mother popped up in the thread.

This reminded me of something which happens in China, a practice called ‘cyber manhunt‘. An individual does something bad, and a hunt is initiated to find him/her via social networks and other connected means, once found their life is made a misery.

In this closed group there were almost a 1000 members. So the 2 teenagers were publicly exposed. They did something wrong, but it doesn’t matter, they didn’t deserve public humiliation. I also wonder that if adults are posting these kind of videos online of kids, then clearly kids will not hesitate to do the same.. consequences can be fatal -if a child takes their life due to something posted on them to which they have not agreed to.

It is therefore, a delightful development, the new law which protects kids in the digital age, connected age. How this will work in practice, we will see. From a practical perspective, just wondering how an under 5 will be able to consent to their pictures being posted online. But I’m sure there is something in the legal text which covers this…

How much is your child’s identity worth?

Well quite a lot according to some sources. I found a Child Identity Theft Education Kit that you may find useful. I am looking around for more on this subject. I have not heard that there is so much of a problem here in the Nordics, but in the United States there seems to be quite significant, and is growing because a child’s identity is a ‘clean-slate’ and perfect target for identity fraud.

DLP and Children’s privacy

And what DLP solution would prevent this?

http://www.computerweekly.com/Articles/2011/09/02/247776/ICO-slams-Scottish-Childrens-Reporter-Administration-for-data.htm

RFID keyrings issued to Swedish children

Just listening to Swedish news on TV and seems that all Swedish children in Nynashamn kommun are being issued with RFID key-rings that cause the bus stop where they are waiting to flash in a special way so that motorists know that children are there and can slow down.

Self portrait child pornography

Remember child pornography is more than paedophiles taken images of the victim child, today it is also about the child themselves having taken explicit pictures/videos of themselves, prompted by a paedophile, that can later be used to blackmail the child to be involved in some sexual act! Read more at BBC News.

A taster for you non-gamers

I could become a South Park fan. Here is another episode “Make love, not Warcraft” that gives you ‘non-gamers’ a taste of the appeal of World of Warcraft. Worth a look even if you don’t like South Park, as was the case with myself.

I think it is surprisingly enough a good tool to help those of us ‘non-gamers’ to understand what drives gamers, which could be your kids, to spend so much time in these virtual worlds. This taster is enough to give you a feel for the addictive nature of online gaming.

New laws on viewing of child pornography in Sweden

Just to continue the thread on child pornography in Sweden. I came across this article that states that they are also looking to make viewing child pornography a crime soon. Reference of article dated November 2009, so we can expect this to happen in 2010. Sweden’s neighbours Denmark and Norway already have such legislation in place. This new law would make viewing child pornography on the Internet a crime, the offender does not even need to download the images.