Hi-tech help for children at risk

Monday, 22 September 2008, 12:06 PM EST

Children suffering abuse will soon be able to contact the NSPCC's ChildLine via text messages and the internet. The NSPCC hopes to reach more at-risk children by making use of the technology that youngsters are comfortable and familiar with.

Early trials by the NSPCC show that boys and girls seek help with family problems in very different ways. The improved access to ChildLine - 0800 1111 - comes as the NSPCC bids to recruit more people to answer calls.

At the BBC.

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