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As surrogacy booms, fears Ukraine becoming 'online baby store'

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:04 AM

In some cases parents discover they have no genetic link with children born to surrogates

U.S. must free migrant children from detention, court says

Jun 27, 2020 - 4:37 PM

Two of the country's 3 family detention centers have confirmed cases of the infection, district judge Dolly Gee says in her ruling on June 26

PROTESTING FOR MIGRANT CHILDREN. Protesters march against the separation of migrant children from their families on June 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. File photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

Cops arrest online sex trafficker in Taguig who abused own son, sister

Jun 19, 2020 - 2:21 PM

'One of the victims was a differently abled 27-year-old deaf female, the younger sister of the suspect and who is also the mother of some of the children rescued,' says Police Colonel Sheila Portento

SAVED. Police in personal protective equipment rescue 8 people, including this child, from an online sex trafficker in Taguig City on June 17, 2020. Photo from IJM

Mother arrested for livestreaming sexual abuse of own children

May 30, 2020 - 7:10 PM

The 35-year-old mother faces charges of child trafficking which is punishable by life imprisonment

ARRESTED. Mother is arrested for the online sexual exploitation of her 3 children and 1 niece, all of them minors. Photo courtesy of IJM

JK Rowling to publish fairy tale free for locked-down children

May 26, 2020 - 11:46 PM

The first two chapters of 'The Ickabog' are up online

(FILES) This file photo taken on February 12, 2017 shows  British author J. K. Rowling posing upon arrival at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The creator of a wizarding empire which has dazzled the world, J. K. Rowling struggled through hardship to become an unrivalled children's author with a global voice. Now 20 years since "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" was first published, inspiring a generation of young readers -- and their parents -- it is hard to imagine Rowling before the seven Harry Potter books.  / AFP PHOTO / Justin TALLIS

Surge in child mortality forecast in pandemic-hit developing countries

May 13, 2020 - 11:20 AM

Poorer nations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America could see an additional 1.2 million infants die over the period

A mother in Maguindanao, Philippines reads a COVID-19 leaflet as she waits for her child to be vaccinated. Photo from UNICEF Philippines

During coronavirus lockdown: Abused women, children more vulnerable

May 09, 2020 - 4:38 PM

A drop in reported cases of abuse during the lockdown may not be good news as it could point to victims having a harder time reporting crimes to authorities

Cebu sets guidelines for release of children in conflict with the law

May 07, 2020 - 10:46 AM

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia says it is important to establish protocols for children in conflict with the law as they are different from adult prisoners

CEBU GOVERNMENT. The Cebu Provincial Capitol. Photo by Ryme26/CC BY-SA

Tip from Australian police lead to arrest of sex trafficker in Caloocan

May 06, 2020 - 10:15 AM

(UPDATED) Police rescue 3 minors, all children of the suspect

ARRESTED. Authorities with a  41-year-old women accused of forcing her 3 chilldren, all minors, to perform sexual acts via webcam. She was arrested on May 4, 2020, in Caloocan City. Photo from IJM

Saudi Arabia eliminates death penalty for minors

Apr 27, 2020 - 11:08 AM

'Instead, the individual will receive a prison sentence of no longer than 10 years in a juvenile detention facility,' the statement says

FLAG. Saudi Arabia's national flag flutters in the wind. Photo by Yasin Akgul/AFP

'Trapped with abusers,' 7 kids rescued from sex trafficker in Luzon

Apr 25, 2020 - 11:05 AM

'One unintended consequence of [the lockdown] is that vulnerable children are being trapped with abusers and traffickers in their homes,' says the International Justice Mission

2 million Filipino children may miss out on vaccinations during pandemic – Unicef

Apr 24, 2020 - 2:38 PM

Unicef says it is investing around P85 million in the next 3 years to support the Department of Health and other partners in increasing immunization coverage in the country

A mother in Maguindanao reads a COVID-19 leaflet as she waits for her child to be vaccinated. ©UNICEF Philippines2020.jpg

LOOK: Isabelle Daza makes animated children's story to explain coronavirus pandemic

Apr 20, 2020 - 1:21 PM

'Tralala the Tiger' and friends explain the coronavirus pandemic to young kids

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Preventing child sexploitation during lockdown and beyond

Apr 18, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Last year, the Department of Justice Office of Cybercrime received more than 600,000 tips of images and videos of naked, sexualized, and abused Filipino children

U.N. chief calls to protect children from coronavirus consequences

Apr 17, 2020 - 10:53 AM

Lockdown measures and increased global recession are fueling increased tensions within families, and 'children are both victims and witnesses of domestic violence and abuse,' Guterres says

PROTECTION. A boy, wearing a face mask as a preventive measure against the novel coronavirus, holds onto an electronic weighing machine at a market in Yangon on March 21, 2020. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Online sexual exploitation of children may rise during lockdown – NGOs

Apr 15, 2020 - 5:27 PM

With children staying home, and families in an economic bind, child-focused NGOs want the public and the government to be on the lookout

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Pisay lends gym to Philippine Children's Medical Center employees, PUIs

Apr 05, 2020 - 7:03 PM

Allowing part of the Philippine Science High School main campus to be used by PCMC is the institution's contribution in the fight against COVID-19, on top of the face shields it has developed for health workers, says a school official

PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT. Goggles, face masks, and gloves for protection against virus infection. Image from Shutterstock

FALSE: Graphics 'from Unicef' with 'tips' on coronavirus

Mar 12, 2020 - 8:58 AM

Unicef says the graphics containing their logo and name, and circulating online did not come from them

LIST: 20 new books to help PH kids develop love of reading

Mar 07, 2020 - 10:00 AM

The 20 books, all written in Filipino, are published by Philippine publishing houses for Room to Read, a global nonprofit that promotes reading among young children

8 children, baby rescued from online sexual exploitation in Pampanga and Laguna

Feb 24, 2020 - 8:12 PM

Three children are rescued in Angeles, Pampanga, while another 5 children and a 25-day old baby were rescued in San Pedro, Laguna

RESCUE OPERATIONS. Operations against the online sexual exploitation of children occur in Pampanga and Laguna. Photo from International Justice Mission.

House passes bill imposing stiffer penalties vs child abuse

Feb 17, 2020 - 6:50 PM

An overwhelming 228 legislators vote in favor of stiffening the punishment for child abusers

FAST FACTS: Why online sexual exploitation of children happens in the Philippines

Feb 11, 2020 - 6:11 PM

On Safer Internet Day, government officials promise continuous training of front liners to rescue victims of online sexual exploitation

House approves bill protecting women, children vs electronic violence

Feb 04, 2020 - 5:40 PM

Gabriela Representative Arlene Brosas says the passage of the measure will give women and children an 'increased chance' to combat all forms of abuse

Bangladesh allows education for Rohingya refugee children

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:40 PM

Local media report that a pilot program involving more than 10,000 students will be launched soon, with UNICEF and Dhaka jointly designing the curriculum

EDUCATION. Rohingya children jump over on sewage concrete sections at Balukhali refugee camp in Ukhia on December 10, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

House OKs on 2nd reading bill protecting women, children vs electronic abuse

Jan 28, 2020 - 7:47 PM

Violators stand to face jail time up to 6 to 12 years and a fine between P300,000 to P500,000

How Sinulog brought this couple from Tangub City together

Jan 20, 2020 - 12:02 AM

A decade ago, Mabel and Roy meet while dancing the Sinulog. Now they're back as a couple.

GREAT LOVE. Mabel Julio brings her family to the Sinulog Grand Parade to pay tribute to the Sto. Niño on January 19. Photo by Eiver Villegas/Rappler

More gov't programs for special education students, mobile schools urged

Dec 31, 2019 - 4:21 PM

The Philippine Institute of Development Studies says lack of transportation, basic facilities, and infrastructure are major challenges in providing education to children with disabilities

Wanting to be home for Christmas, 6 minors escape Cebu City facility

Dec 24, 2019 - 9:21 AM

At least 3 of them are now back at Operation Second Chance, and will be given visitation time with their families on Christmas Eve

Europe's most wanted online sex offender gets 20 years in Cebu

Dec 17, 2019 - 5:26 PM

Nelson Siacor Torayno is also ordered to pay P2 million in fines

CONVICTED. Nelson Siacor Torayno is convicted to 20 years in prison for sexually abusing children. Photo by the International Justice Mission

At 50, Sesame Street still going strong – and big honor awaits

Dec 08, 2019 - 11:54 AM

Since its debut in November 1969 on American public television, the famous address has taken on many forms in more than 150 countries

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Online sexual exploitation of children is a family business

Nov 30, 2019 - 9:29 AM

In 2018, the Department of Justice Office of Cybercrime received more than 600,000 tips of images and videos of naked, sexualized, and abused Filipino children. This marked a 1,300% increase from the previous year.

JAILED. A woman charged with online sexual exploitation of children is detained in Camp Crame. Photo by Ana P. Santos

Post-pageant life, Katarina Rodriguez remains committed to charity work

Nov 20, 2019 - 11:00 AM

From HIV/AIDS awareness and peace education, the former Miss World Philippines 2018 queen now takes on the cause of teenage pregnancy with Save the Children

Italian child sex offender arrested in Davao City

Nov 15, 2019 - 5:10 PM

Lorenzo Marchesi 'was believed to be engaging children online to lure and groom them for both online and in-person sexual exploitation,' says the International Justice Mission

ARRESTED. Police handcuff Lorenzo Marchesi at the holding facility of the Bureau of Immigration in Davao City. Photo from International Justice Mission

Pneumonia epidemic is deadliest child killer – aid groups

Nov 12, 2019 - 9:04 AM

Pneumonia is preventable but still kills more children – 800,000 under the age of 5 last year – than any other infection, says UNICEF in a joint statement to mark World Pneumonia Day

Turkey rules 'Rebel Girls' children's book be treated as porn

Oct 05, 2019 - 10:41 AM

'Some stories will have a detrimental influence on the minds of those under the age of 18,' the Turkish government says about 'Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls', a series of inspiring stories about women of history for young children

House bill seeks to protect husbands, same-sex partners from domestic abuse

Oct 05, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Rizal Representative Fidel Nograles wants to expand the coverage of the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004

Rappler Talk: A message to #WhenElaiMetBoyet on its social media post

Sep 26, 2019 - 4:23 PM

Advocates encourage celebrities to stop using people on the spectrum for entertainment

Imee Marcos questions need for children's welfare body

Sep 24, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Senator Imee Marcos asks: 'Relevant pa ba 'yan?'

ACCOMPLISHMENT? Senator Imee Marcos presses the Council for the Welfare of the Children to tell the committee about its 'most important accomplishment.' Photo by Angie de Silva

'Maggie, blaze the trail for illegitimate children such as you'

Sep 17, 2019 - 8:32 PM

A hearing at the Supreme Court turns emotional as petitioner Maggie Ho Aquino claims her right to inherit from her grandfather, and is urged by a justice to see the case through

INHERITANCE RIGHTS. The Supreme Court tackles the constitutionality of Article 992 of the Civil Code which says illegitimate children cannot inherit from the legitimate relatives of her parents or vice versa. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Hong Kong's grandpa protesters speak softly but carry a stick

Sep 08, 2019 - 12:32 PM

Elderly members of 'Protect the Children' march to mediate between police and demonstrators, and buy protesters time when the cops start to charge

DEFIANT SILVER HAIRS. This picture taken on September 7, 2019 shows "Grandpa Wong," 85, shielding protesters from the police by holding his walking stick up along with other "silver hair" volunteers in the Tung Chung district in Hong Kong. Photo by Vivek Prakash/AFP)

Google to pay $170-million fine for sharing YouTube kids data

Sep 04, 2019 - 9:25 PM

The settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and the New York state Attorney General is the largest amount in a case involving the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, a 1998 federal law

Experts to SC: Strike down law that discriminates vs illegitimate children

Sep 03, 2019 - 8:44 PM

PSA data says that in 2017, there were more illegitimate children than legitimate children in the Philippines

Hundreds of Manila minors taken into custody for staying out past curfew

Sep 03, 2019 - 1:58 PM

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno's curfew memorandum seeks to penalize parents for their perceived neglect of underaged kids

‘RESCUED.’ Manila police report that they ’rescued’ minors, especially those from Tondo, who were caught violating the curfew ordinance from September 2-3, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

U.S. to allow indefinite detention of migrant children – DHS

Aug 21, 2019 - 11:38 PM

The move is aimed at deterring migrant expectations that they will be released after being arrested by the US border authorities and able to disappear into the US population

MIGRANTS. This file photo shows Central American migrant children traveling to the United States, play at a temporary shelter in downtown Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico on December 26, 2018. File photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

Binibining Pilipinas queens visit Philippine Children's Medical Center, spends time with kids

Aug 15, 2019 - 6:34 PM

The queens spend time with the children of Philippine Children’s Medical Center

Israel delays deportation of Filipina worker, Israeli-born son

Aug 12, 2019 - 8:44 PM

The lawyer for Rosemarie Perez and her 13-year-old son Rohan has requested an urgent hearing on their status in a bid to have them remain in Israel

Supreme Court tackles inheritance rights of illegitimate children

Aug 12, 2019 - 1:20 PM

(UPDATED) The High Court is set to discuss Article 992 of the Civil Code which says an illegitimate child has no right to inherit from the legitimate relatives of his father or mother

Grudges come naturally to kids – gratitude must be taught

Aug 10, 2019 - 1:06 PM

Our results suggest that young children must learn the principle of direct reciprocity in order to apply it

CHILDHOOD LESSONS. Kids have no problem remembering who plays fair. Natalia Lebedinskaia/Shutterstock.com

Born in Israel, hundreds of Filipino children risk expulsion

Aug 09, 2019 - 11:05 AM

The United Children of Israel says some 600 families could now face expulsion over a loss of residency status

ISRAEL IS HOME. Filipino children carry a banner which reads in Hebrew 'Don't deport me' during a protest against deportation in Tel Aviv on August 6, 2019. Photo by Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP

Lea Salonga is part of children's book about Broadway stars

Jul 28, 2019 - 2:33 PM

Lea is among the Broadway stars included in the book 'A is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to Z'

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler