Keeping your and your friend's personal information secret
Click here to find out why it is important not to share either your own personal information online or your friends' personal information. This radio advertisement from the Home Office Task Force on Internet Safety makes it clear how you could be putting yourself or your friends at risk by giving out personal information online to people you don't know.
Childnet's "Chatdanger" website makes major impact.
the sentencing of Patrick Green (see
In its first 2 weeks the site had over 80,000 hits, which generated hundreds of e-mail inquiries to the Childnet team. A number of these were very serious and Childnet was able to give practical advice to both parents and young people about how to stay safe in Chat rooms.
Childnet's goal of using a high impact negative news story to produce a positive awareness campaign worked well and the website created a phenomenal amount of media interest in Childnet's work. Most major television news stations in the UK featured the Chatdanger website and Childnet was featured in the most of the leading newspapers including The Times. Nigel Williams was featured on a special 15 minute BBC online live interview about Chat with questions from viewers from around the world.
For the recent International Forum of Researchers Young People and the Media conference, Childnet presented a special paper reviewing the effectiveness of Chatdanger and the initial lessons learnt from this project. This paper is now available on Childnet's website - see Childnet Publications.
Childnet is continuing to also challenge companies which host chat services aimed at children to include stronger safety information and link to the Chatdanger site. Already a number of companies are doing so and Childnet is now hoping to develop further offline resources about using the Internet safely.
Green case featured on this site sparked not only media attention but
also public policy debate. Much of this debate centred on the kind of
recommendations which this
site makes to government, industry and law enforcement. The parents
of the victim in the Green case met with Home Office Minister Charles
Clarke MP on Monday 12 February 2021 to tell their story and plead for
further action. This meeting was arranged by their MP who has been very
active in pressing the Government for further action.
remains a need for a greater commitment by the Government and the Internet
Industry to fund internet safety and awareness programs aimed at parents
and teachers. There are also too few "chat free" Internet services available.
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