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Child of our Times

Hildreth takes on net paedophiles

Adam Hildreth, the baby-faced entrepreneur from Leeds who scored his first business success at the age of 14, has announced plans to launch an online anti-"grooming" system in a bid to prevent paedophiles from preying on young children.

Hildreth, who shot to fame at the age of 14 when he launched Dubit – a pre-paid debit card scheme allowing kids under 18 to buy products online – says he has decided to set up his new venture, Crisp Thinking, because the world's big IT security companies are "not interested" in child protection.

Hildreth says that he's been working with a team of developers on Anti-Grooming Engine (AGE) technology, which recognises suspicious behaviour patterns in chatrooms and can alert parents to the potential dangers. He has already held talks with several ISPs looking to adopt the technology.

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