CHILDREN in Halton will be taught how to use a new virtual police service which will enable them to report perverts.
The UK's dedicated organisation focused on tackling child sex abuse - the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) - has launched a 'have fun, stay in control, know how to report' education campaign that will be going into schools, foster homes and other youth environments across the country.
The programme - called ThinkuKnow - will focus on on-line safety and is the first campaign to have been designed by an amalgamation of police, child protection specialists, industry and children themselves. It is also the first to use a dedicated on-line reporting mechanism.
That means children can report any instances of inappropriate on-line contact at http://www.thinkuknow.net.
As a result, children of all ages are now just a few clicks away from being able to report instances of inappropriate contact to the CEOP Centre which in turn will investigate, arrest and bring to account any offenders.
Last month the Weekly News revealed the dark side of internet chat rooms in which girls as young as 13 could be playing into the hands of perverts.
The new programme will be delivered in schools by more than 1,000 police officers, teachers and child protection teams and will offer an interactive package that will explore online experiences.