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Last Updated: Monday April 24 2006 16:52 GMT

New centre to tackle web abusers

Kids on the net

A massive project to protect kids who use the net and to crackdown on adults who abuse it has been launched.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre will bring together police, computer experts and kids' charities in a bid to stamp out crime.

Kids can also help the project - by reporting any dodgy behaviour in chat rooms to the centre's website.

A spokesman for the centre said: "We're going to empower children in the UK like nowhere else in the world."

He put out a stern warning to any adult intending to use the internet for inappropriate chat with a child.

"If that child has visited our website, they could be cutting and pasting your conversation and sending it to us," he said.

The government-run centre will be open for business 24 hours a day. It will also provide information for kids and parents about how to stay safe online.