Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Police have launched a website intended to make it safer for children to surf the internet.
The website is part of an international effort to crack down on paedophiles who stalk the net.
Virtualglobaltaskforce.com provides information on how to use the internet safely and contains links to support agencies such as the NSPCC and Childline. Detectives hope its logo - a blue matchstick child and an eye - will become universally recognisable.
The logo is featured on the internet launch site of Microsoft, AOL, BTopenworld and Vodafone.
The system puts an icon on people's screens to let them know of the police presence. The police will engage with other users on the web - making it clear they are officers.
Jim Gamble, deputy director of the National Crime Squad, said: "This is not Big Brother, no one is monitoring you, this is providing you with the safety information and support you need."
He added: "Those who use the internet to search for and share images of child abuse or to approach children in chat rooms to groom them for sexual abuse must be aware that the internet is not an anonymous place."
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