Summit to protect children on-line

MEASURES aimed at protecting the county's children from the dangers of the internet are to be discussed at a summit tomorrow .A number of experts will address the Keeping Children and Young People Safe on the Internet Conference, which will be staged at Adastral Park in Martlesham Heath.

MEASURES aimed at protecting the county's children from the dangers of the internet are to be discussed at a summit tomorrow .

A number of experts will address the Keeping Children and Young People Safe on the Internet Conference, which will be staged at Adastral Park in Martlesham Heath.

The event, organised by charity SAFEchild, Suffolk Safeguarding Children Board, Suffolk Constabulary and BT, follows a number of high profile cases in Suffolk linked to the subject, most notably that of Timothy Cox who orchestrated an online child porn ring from his home in Buxhall.

Ipswich paedophile Clive Butcher was found to have more than 1,500 images of child pornography on his computer when arrested in early 2005.


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And Paul Etheridge admitted grooming young girls from across the UK on the internet and having underage sex with a 15-year-old. The 24-year-old, from Cratfield in Suffolk was jailed for nearly six years.

Speakers at tomorrow's summit will include Suffolk police's DI Stuart McCallum from the force's Southern Victim Care Centre, independent expert witness Charles Fortt, Bernard Gallagher from the University of Huddersfield and Peter Worobec from Suffolk Safeguarding Children Board.

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Cliff James, head of Safeguarding at Suffolk County Council, said: “The Safeguarding Children Board in Suffolk has a statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in our locality and we recognise that e-safety is part of that remit.

“While children and young people have unprecedented opportunities to learn, communicate and be entertained by the virtual environment, it brings risks too, and ones that many adults feel inadequately equipped to protect them from.”

The conference runs between 9.30am until 4pm.

To find out more or to secure a place, contact Rosie Carter, director of SAFEchild, by e-mailing rosie.carter@oursafesite.com or calling either 01449 677497 or 07974 703554.

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