Online sexual predator law lacks teeth, says expert

Hoal applauded Cuomo, and all those who try to hold social networks accountable for keeping kids safe online and over the Internet.

"I just feel a great sense of concern for the general public, and particularly parents that care about the safety of their children. Parents lack the knowledge to understand that e- stop doesn't do enough. Providing a false sense of security to the general public concerns me."

According to the New York Attorney General's office, the e-STOP system only works if criminals volunteer their social networking identities, as the law requires them to do within 10 days of creating a new account. If they don't they could face new felony charges. Proponents of the law have declared it a success.

"While we have to recognize there is no 100 percent foolproof method for keeping our kids safe from predators and the other concerning factors that await our children online, it's imperative that a partnership involve informed parents as well as morally responsible social networks", Hoal said. "The fact is that MySpace and Facebook have chosen not to take advantage of reasonable methods of existing technology to proactively prevent anyone, regardless of their criminal past, from establishing a profile on their systems and engaging with our children. From my parental point of view, it is unconscionable that these situations happen every day and parents haven't been armed with the proper knowledge, tools and solutions to put their children's (and their own) safety first. Until such time, it's deeply concerning for any person(s) or company to promote a 'safer Internet.'"

Hoal is a mother of five children. After researching the disturbing landscape of social networking sites, including endless "inappropriate" content and thousands of predators targeting youth, she conceived and founded Yoursphere.

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