Home Office 'child protection on the internet' by Profero

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Profero's latest campaign to encourage children to stay safe online features the lurking figure of a man with the face of a yellow emoticon. In one rich-media execution, he hangs around outside a house at night. In another, he meets a young girl at the bottom of a dark stairwell. The straplines ask young people why, if they would not put themselves in dangerous situations in real life, they would be prepared to do so on the internet. The agency has also brokered a deal with MSN Messenger that sees an ad appear at the bottom of the messenger screen with the words: "Up4it has added you to his contact list. Allow?" When the child clicks on OK, they are directed to a fake chat screen, on to which the emoticon man appears halfway through the message. The campaign coincides with poster executions by Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R.

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Released: 15 February 2006


Child protection on the internet
Sharon Sawers, strategic communications advisor, Home Office; Ayesha Adonais, digital media, COI
Encourage children to question how they behave online
Creative agency
James Taylor
Art director
Ian Owen
Jesse Basset
Media agency
Media planner
Helen Brown
Stuart Peddie

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