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Dolphin Cartoon to help children be web aware in drive for safety

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre (CEOP) has come up with a cartoon series that will serve to illustrate to young children the dangers that they could face while online.

The new online safety initiative aims at children aged between five and seven years old; according to Ofcom figures from the recent Byron Review, nearly 3 out of 5 in that age group access the internet at home and a third of that number do so without being supervised.

"Hector's world", which is part of the Thinkuknow campaign, is a series of five animated episodes which look at abstract concepts which might be difficult for children at that age to grasp as well as equip them with the necessary knowledge to surf the web safely.

The main character is a dolphin with a team of other sea creatures and was originally created for a young Kiwi audience to show issues such as personal information, trustworthiness, making positive choices online and how to be open with a trusted adult when they use the Internet.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.