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03/02/2011

BBC Show Protects Kids Online

The BBC's Childrens TV is throwing its weight behind Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 8 February by hosting a range of initiatives across CBeebies and CBBC.
CBBC will air three interactive webisodes of its hit show Tracy Beaker Returns. Covering online relationships, cyberbullying and illegal downloads the webisodes aim to promote online media best practice and media literacy.
Whilst CBeebies will feature a blog, written by Dr Tanya Byron, on how to keep young children safe online and advising parents how they can prepare their children to become safe independent Internet users as they grow older.
Each of the 10-minute Tracy Beaker stories allows the user to choose from a variety of options, which assist the main characters through the narrative, helping them to make decisions as various dilemmas are presented to them. The story will unfold according to the options chosen, with each choice resulting in a different outcome and ending.
The episodes have the approval of Jacqueline Wilson, the bestselling author who originally created the character Tracy Beaker.
In addition the website will also host a live webchat with Saffron Coomber who plays Sapphire alongside an Internet safety expert from Childnet. There will also be updated information on the CBBC Stay Safe section of the site.
On air the CBBC channel will also screen a Newsround Special: Caught In The Web Again which highlights the potential dangers that can be found online.
Joe Godwin, Director of BBC Children's, said: "Children feel much more at home with new technologies and platforms than adults do, and as well as providing them with huge advantages and possibilities, that creates new risks as well.
"Giving children the information they need to safely get the most out of online content is a big priority for BBC Children's, and our content on Safer Internet Day, and every day, aims to give them tools, reassurance and support they need to stay safe on the internet."
Commenting on the Tracy Beaker webisodes Damian Kavanagh, Controller CBBC, said: "CBBC is truly multiplatform and we engage with our viewers on a daily basis through our top-rating website.
"It is therefore vitally important that we play our part in promoting Internet safety. By using one of our most popular shows as the basis for the stories, we hope our viewers will learn more about potential dangers online."
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