Animated Films Warn Kids of Danger on Internet; POLITICS

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Young children are being warned about the dangers of the internet in a series of animated films.

The films, aimed at youngsters as young as five were launched by a Government child protection agency.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, which investigates and prosecutes paedophiles, is warning youngsters about interacting with adults on the web.

Children learn about potential danger by following the adventures of Hector the dolphin and his friends in a series of animated films.

The stories explore issues such as giving out personal information and how to assess if someone online is trustworthy.

The Hector's World animation has been adapted for a UK audience after the programme was successfully run in New Zealand.

www.thinkuknow.co.uk/hectorsworld also allows parents and teachers to access free resources.

CEOP chief executive Jim Gamble said: "We know that children are now using the internet at an increasingly young age.

"Recent research, coupled with feedback from our own youth panel and our work with parents, show that children are exploring the online world from as young as five years old. …