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In July of 2000 John and Julie Smith (not their real names) contacted the children's internet charity Childnet International to ask for help and advice in dealing with a personal family tragedy. Appalled that their 13 year old child had been contacted and sexually abused by an adult who met her through a teenage Internet Chat room, they asked Childnet for help in alerting other parents to the dangers of chat and ensure that those companies who run chat services provide clearer safety advice for children.

After the perpetrator had been tried and sentenced, Childnet launched this Chatdanger website with the full support of the family, not so as to dramatise the victim's story but in the words of the family " to ensure that some good comes from this tragic episode by raising awareness of the potential dangers of the Internet, particularly Chat rooms".
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