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December 2004

Childnet Help Reuters Staff To "Mind The Gap!"

As part of Childnet’s aim of working constructively with the corporate community the charity has started to run its special parent’s seminar “Mind the Gap” with various companies to help equip their staff in understanding the online dangers for children.

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Already partnerships have been created with Reuters, Cable & Wireless, Cisco Systems, and MSN. Childnet would like to work in partnership with more companies, especially in the IT and communications industries by bringing it to their work place.

The “Mind the Gap” presentation gives parents advice about their children’s use of technology, both what is positive and how to help protect children. During November Childnet ran 2 day sessions at different Reuters centres in Fleet Street and Tower Bridge. Presenting an ongoing rolling seminar programme during the day and throughout lunchtime.

Helen Penn, Childnet representative, says

We know how busy parents are and that it is often difficult for them to come out when we run this seminar at schools, so we can come to their work place where it is easier to give the time and where it can feel less threatening. We’ve had excellent feedback from the last few sessions and following the presentations, staff have been motivated to take bulk quantities of the Kidsmart leaflets to pass on to friends, schools and community groups.

Andy MacGovern one of Reuters Heads of Learning, who co-ordinated the recent seminars says,

Reuters is actively involved in raising awareness about internet security issues both internally and throughout the corporate community. This extension into online child safety compliments this work and we have had excellent feedback from the staff who attended these seminars. We hope that other companies will work with Childnet in this area and invite them to their offices to run the Mind the Gap presentation.

Childnet is keen to build on these partnership and develop ways in which it can train volunteers in these companies to cascade this training out to other parents through local schools and communities.

Companies interested in having Childnet staff present Mind the Gap should contact kidsmart@childnet.com.

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