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  Chatroom crackdown helps kids be safe
Updated 06 January 2003, 07.55
Children using a computer
A huge campaign to keep children safe on the internet has been launched.

The biggest concern is adults who go on chatrooms pretending to be kids.

Sometimes, children have gone to meet a mate they met on the internet, only to find out they were really talking to a much older person.

The man featured in the new ads
The man featured in the new ads
So there's going to be loads of new TV and radio adverts, advising kids on how to stay safe.

They feature a man who makes friends with children by pretending to be a young girl.

And if you want to go online, key things to remember are:

  • Don't give out your full name, address or mobile phone number
  • Do take an adult with you if you go to meet an online pal
  • Tell parents or teachers if someone says something you don't like online

Try our message boards!

And if you want to meet e-buds online, don't forget you can use our message boards in complete safety.

We check every message before it's published, and make sure that nothing personal can be posted online.

Go to the chat section (in yellow at the top) to get started.

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