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The e-Learning Foundation and Childnet International will provide funding as well as advice on the benefits and risks of Internet technology. The e-Learning Foundation has sponsored the first online interactive safety resource for parents.

With all the hand-wringing over kids falling prey to predators while socializing on MySpace and other social networking sites, two of the UK's leading charities have teamed up to provide schools and parents with some tools to keep kids safe, reports eGov Monitor.

The e-Learning Foundation and Childnet International will provide funding as well as advice on the benefits and risks of Internet technology. The e-Learning Foundation has sponsored the first online interactive safety resource for parents.

"We will be working closely with Childnet International on the issue of Internet safety, rather than duplicating effort," explained Valerie Thompson, chief executive of the e-Learning Foundation.

"The Internet is an invaluable tool and will play a fundamental role in the future of young people. The so called iGeneration has media experiences, attitudes and preferences that are very different from those of their teachers and parents. There are challenges and opportunities here for all involved."

Stephen Carrick-Davies, CEO of Childnet Intl. stressed the importance of educating the public in regards to Internet safety.

"It is increasingly important that schools and parents receive relevant and effective internet safety advice and we are delighted to work more strategically with the e-Learning Foundation in making our resources available to the schools and communities that they work with."