"As a parent myself I was appalled to hear about the experiences
of the Smith family * (*not their real name) and how their daughter was
lured and sexually assaulted by an adult whom she met in a chat room.
Having interviewed Childnet staff for the Tonight with Trevor Macdonald
Programme, I have heard how they have supported the family and have helped
them to challenge the Internet industry to do more to protect children.
As you read what happened on this site, I hope like me that you are inspired
by their vision to turn this dreadful family tragedy into something positive.
If Chatdanger helps in stopping other families from heartbreak and challenges
companies who host chat services to provide better safety information
for teenagers, it will be extremely worthwhile.
Internet is a wonderful resource for families and like Childnet I am a
tremendous believer in the power of the Net. However, when we hear how
the new technology can bring danger to children, we all - parents, industry,
government and police, - need to work quickly to ensure that children
are protected. I hope Chatdanger helps to strengthen the debate about
the issues and will help launch a wider Internet awareness campaign so
that children and adults are aware of how to behave in Cyberspace and
ensure that the Internet really is a great place for children."
Kerr - Chief Executive of the Internet Watch Foundation
"The Internet Watch Foundation is committed to raising awareness
of Internet safety issues, particularly among parents and others responsible
for looking after young Internet users. We welcome any initiative which
seeks to inform both adults and children about how to use the Internet
safely and positively. Childnet have established an excellent reputation
in this country and overseas for their work in this field, and we believe
that this site will make an important contribution to protecting children
has written a short statement for this website - however because we are
concerned to keep the identity of the family and where they live secret
we have not included the name of the MP nor constituency in this statement.
"As a society
we are becoming more and more familiar with the potential and the benefits
of the Internet, yet it is crucially important that in our embracing of
the benefits we act responsibly. We need to find ways to enjoy this important
medium of communication without exposing our children to risk or even
harm. Measures to ensure the safety of children using the Internet are
of paramount importance and I shall be raising the issue of the security
of children in Chat rooms at the highest levels of government. "
Wilson - Managing Director Moore-Wilson Design Ltd
"As a company which has benefited from the growth of the Internet
and e-commerce, Moore-Wilson design has supported Childnet in the design
and hosting of this website and has donated its time and server space
to ensure that news of this important campaign reaches the teenage and
Jonathan Robinson, CEO NetBenefit plc
"When we heard about this project we at NetBenefit were delighted
to assist Childnet and provide free webserver space for chatdanger.com.
As a leading hosting provider we have ensured that Chatdanger is quick
to download and easy to find. All of us in the Internet industry should
support websites like this, which provide positive awareness and advice
to parents and children about how to use the net safely."
Polly, known in the USA as "NET MOM"
"It's important to remember that not all chat rooms are full of lurking
paedophiles, smart mouth teens, or unimaginative users typing endless
age/sex/location checks. Chat is often used for positive, if not fascinating,
purposes! Far-flung family members have virtual reunions in private chat
rooms. Dog rescue organisation members "meet" to find adoptive
homes for greyhounds. Classrooms of kids interview best-selling authors,
or historical figures such as members of the Tuskegee Airmen, a famous
WWII African American flying unit. Student teams competing in scholarship
contests (such as the one at Thinkquest.org) meet in private chat rooms
to discuss and build their Web projects. Chat rocks, but make sure YOU