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Best Practice Guide for Chatrooms Published

Home Office

6 January 2003

The Home Office has today announced the publication of the world's first good practice guide to improve safety for children using the Internet. As part of the second stage of the 'safer surfing' awareness initiative, the "Models of Good Practice" drawn up by the Government's Taskforce on Child Protection, will be backed by a £1 million television, radio and Internet campaign throughout January and aims to help parents educate their children on the dangers of communicating with strangers via email and online chatrooms. The document also offers advice to chatroom operators on best practice guidelines with regards to alert systems and filtering mechanisms for their web-based systems.

Launching the new initiative, Home Office Minister Hilary Benn said: "Protecting children is a priority for us all. We are determined that Britain will be the safest country for children on the Internet."

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