Facebook is scanning some users’ faces to verify age. The Coalition wants laws that go further
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Facebook is scanning some users’ faces to verify age. The Coalition wants laws that go further

The Coalition says,if elected,it will push for laws forcing social media platforms to check users’ ages before creating new accounts. Meta is already doing it for some.

  • byPaul Sakkal

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Getting family violence victims out of motels key to suicide prevention,premier told

Getting family violence victims out of motels key to suicide prevention,premier told

Expanding crisis shelters is cheaper and safer than housing women in motels,Victoria’s leading 24/7 family violence response provider says.

  • byWendy Tuohy
State’s tween account ban new front in Australia’s battle with social media
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State’s tween account ban new front in Australia’s battle with social media

Elon Musk’s victory in court over posts of the Wakeley church stabbing video was a setback in the push to regulate X Corp.

  • byPaul Sakkal
This country wants to kick under-13s off social media. Will Australia do the same?

This country wants to kick under-13s off social media. Will Australia do the same?

Social media firms will be required to introduce robust checks,including the use of photo ID such as passports,to identify children using their sites and protect them from harm online.

  • byCharles Hymas
‘Like a dog in a cage’:Desperate lives of kids in emergency care revealed
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‘Like a dog in a cage’:Desperate lives of kids in emergency care revealed

Children as young as 12 reported allegations of sexual assault,drug use and abandonment in motel rooms without close supervision.

  • byMichael McGowan
Police investigate ‘terrifying’ attempted abduction of 11-year-old girl

Police investigate ‘terrifying’ attempted abduction of 11-year-old girl

The girl was walking home from school in Doncaster East when an unknown man in a grey Audi ordered her to get in his car.

  • byMadeleine Heffernan
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William Tyrrell’s foster parents’ lives fell apart as police investigated them

William Tyrrell’s foster parents’ lives fell apart as police investigated them

The missing boy’s foster parents have been convicted of intimidation of another child,with each sentenced to 12-month good behaviour bonds.

  • bySally Rawsthorne
How a doomsday prophet allegedly ‘groomed a girl from prison’
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How a doomsday prophet allegedly ‘groomed a girl from prison’

Documents obtained by the Herald reveal how police unearthed an alleged plot by William Costellia Kamm and his wife to revive his sickening “mission from God” – procreating with a child.

  • byPerry Duffin andSally Rawsthorne
William Tyrrell’s foster parents guilty of intimidating a child

William Tyrrell’s foster parents guilty of intimidating a child

The missing boy’s foster father was on Friday found guilty after yelling at the child in his car,while Tyrrell’s foster mother had threatened to slap the child on two occasions.

  • bySally Rawsthorne
Sex offenders gain access to children through Aboriginal meeting places

Sex offenders gain access to children through Aboriginal meeting places

Registered sex offenders have signed up as members of Aboriginal meeting places that run cultural tours for children,raising community fears that abusers can get access to kids.

  • byErin Pearson andJack Latimore
How to safely share photos of your kids
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How to safely share photos of your kids

Social media has made protecting a child's digital footprint much more complicated. How can parents safely store and share photos of their kids? Credit:eSafety Commissioner,Australian Government