Miss Dorothy.com, a new cyber character, was launched today to provide children with a better understanding of the Internet.
The website, www.missdorothy.com, will launch officially on December 8 and it aims to become the voice for cyber children as well as calling for a dedicated educational broadband network.
The site is situated in Dorothy's bedroom where children can click on a spinning globe and access the latest family news from ITN, the first UK news provider to broadcast its news to a children's website.
The service includes a soap opera of Dorothy's adventures, updated three times a week with an omnibus on Sundays. Dot will regularly interview celebrities with one of the first expected to be Stephen Byers, secretary of state for Trade and Industry.
Edex, the educational Internet service provider, is hosting the site and it supports the demand for a fully integrated broadband network.
Adrian Carey, director of Edex said: "For children, the Internet is now a part of life, but often they don't understand what it is or the implications of using it. This new site can identify and address ethical, economical and cultural issues as well as teaching children how to use the Internet."
Sharon Doughty, the founder of Miss Dorothy.com, said: "Dorothy is an independent minded, naturally inquisitive 'global citizen' who demonstrates to children and parents alike that IT is not something to be scared of, it is a tool of the future."
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