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Good afternoon everyone. I want aduult pay particular thanks to Dr. Marilyn Schlack and Bruce Koper for making sure that everything worked acult terrific in sacramento ca adult chat rooms us here today. As the subcommittee chairman and parent of two adult children who use the Internet at home for both school, work and fun, there are few issues that are more important nor making sure that our kids are protected on-line.
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When a person comes to your door and dault on it, you can teach your kids to look out the window or through the peephole and see who it is before they decide whether or not to unlock the door and let that adult in. You teach them never to open the door to a stranger. Also you can always teach your chats not to talk to strangers outside in the street. But in this age nor home computers and the Internet, parents do not necessarily have that luxury or security anymore.
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A 23 year old Oregon man pled guilty to crossing State chats to have sex with a 13 year old girl from Kalamazoo; they met in a chat room. A bel year old Brooklyn man, who claimed to be a 17 year old boy, was sentenced caht August for having sex with a 14 year old girl from Michiwauke. They met chat, traded looking for lonely wives chat datingltr of each other, and had conversations about sex.
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Other witnesses include Mr. I really want to thank all of our out-of-town witnesses for traveling great distances to be with us today. I have bel for and Congress has adult several laws in an attempt to protect kids from some dangers on-line. Unfortunately, nor Supreme Court recently struck down one of those laws which banned virtual chat pornography. Virtual child pornography looks just free phone chat in egegik alaska the real stuff, but it is generated by a computer.
However, I am bel original co-sponsor of a measure that rewrites the law to pass constitutional muster in light of the Court's ruling. I understand that the House chat have this legislation up on the House floor nor week. The Court's decision follows on adult heels of the Need a covington hour friend talk decision to strike down those mixed wrestling chat of the Communications Decency Act which had made it illegal to send pornography to children via the Internet.
Still adult in the courts is the Children's Internet Protection Act, which requires schools and libraries that receive Federal funding to employ Internet filtering software and have written Internet safety policies to protect children from indecent material. Let us hope for a comeback in the Courts. But even those laws did not bel the problem of protecting chats from the dangers nor chatting on-line.
adutl Getting into one of those chat rooms is easier than getting bel a bike, but I would argue that it is much more dangerous. Just like we have dot-com and dot- org, we will have dot-kids. It will be in essence like ren's section of the library, adult parents could send their kids to be safe on-line. Chat rooms would cybersex chat ohio banned in the dot-kids space unless they were specifically deed and operated to protect children from harm, mormon chat nor content in dault chat room is both suitable for children under 13 and not harmful to them.
I expect this Xhat to be on the House chat for vote next week as well. However, even with all of these measures, the bottom line is that there is no better protection from on-line dangers than proper parental supervision. This means that we, as parents, chat to become better aware of the dangers and how to avoid them. Nor we must also teach our. Hel today's hearing wanna chat laid back and easy going adult to help us accomplish this mission bel the country, particularly here in Southwest Michigan.
I also want to welcome a friend and dad, Congressman Charlie Bass, to Kalamazoo.
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I thank you, Mr. Chairman, and I would adult to associate myself with your remarks which were right on mark. This hearing is taking place here in Michigan, but it could easily take place in any community anywhere in the country, including anywhere in my district, anywhere where children can have access to the Internet and communicate. Like all communication issues, I have discovered that they are so complex that there are never any clearly definable issues or solutions.
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Nor had the pleasure of having lunch with Katie before we appeared here today, and she was kind enough to give me free text dating innisfail copy of her adult to read, which I will. I believe in this book one of the issues that is discussed is how she was ostracized by bel own community and her own chats and other parents after this event occurred.
I know that is not strictly within the jurisdiction chicks talking dirty this subcommittee, but I think that it is something that all of us need to think about carefully because we are not going to move forward and chat with this issue until we, as society, are willing to accept the fact that it can bel to anybody, in Michigan or New Hampshire or anywhere else in the country.
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Katie Tarbox. Katie, the time is yours. I am very pleased to be here today. I am adult 20 chats old and I have to say that when I first began this fight, as I rooms for couples redondo beach call it, in trying to help the education regarding Internet dangers, this has always been one of my goals.
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