Protecting Children On the Internet
In early 2007 my office did a study that found that over 85% of registered sex offenders in New York City live less than five blocks from schools, and 670 sex offenders live within just two blocks. Some offenders are even closer, permanently residing less than 500 feet away from unwitting parents, educators and children.
Along with several colleagues in Congress, we introduced & passed the KIDS (Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators) Act of 2007, a bill to require sex offenders to register their e-mail and instant message addresses with the National Sex Offender Registry. The “Kids Act’ implemented one of my six recommendations to keep a closer eye on sex offenders both near school grounds and online. I also proposed stricter GPS tracking of sex offenders, tougher enforcement of registration laws and more public disclosure of sex offender data.
Sadly, the Internet is the predator’s venue of choice today. We need to update our strategies and our laws to stop these offenders who are a mere click away from our children.
To read the text of the KIDS (Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators) Act of 2007 click here
You can read the press release from my press conference
This is what Anthony Weiner had to say about protecting our children on the internet.
Well, he is a dad-to-be and his use of the internet is hardly something that would make his future son or daughter proud.
I wonder how he is going to explain his bad behavior to his child if the question comes up years from now?
- What will he say about his behavior at 46 years old, married and a congressman?
- What will he say about lying to his wife and all who tuned in to his press conference?
- What will he say to a daughter about trusting a man?
- What will he say to a son about being trustworthy and faithful?
- How would he answer the question…”Is sex-texting cheating on your wife”?
He is not the first or the last man that has made stupid choices.
He is not the only man that has had a brain “fart” which will follow him around the rest of his life.
Good luck Anthony…you will need it.