Internet safety stressed

SCHROON LAKE - The Schroon Lake Lions Club learned about internet safety issues recently from a representative of the state attorney general's office.

The seminar informed Lions on how to protect their children from internet hazards such as cyber-bullying and sexual predators.

Assistant Attorney General, Glen Michaels gave the presentation.

Protecting children from online predators has been a priority for Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. In May 2007 Cuomo worked with law enforcement authorities to investigate sex offenders who had been found on MySpace, a popular social networking site. In October 2007 Cuomo and the popular online community Facebook announced a new model to enforce safeguards aimed at protecting its network members, especially children and adolescents, from sexual predators, obscene content and harassment.

In January 2008 Cuomo sponsored the nation's most comprehensive legislation to dramatically enhance protections for New Yorkers, especially children, from sexual predators on the internet.

The comprehensive Electronic Security and Targeting of Online Predators Act (e-STOP) was passed unanimously by the New York State Assembly and Senate and was signed into law by Gov. David Paterson in May 2008. The legislation restricts certain sex offenders' use of the internet and updates Megan's Law for the internet age.

Cuomo has also spearheaded a landmark fight against online child pornography. Following a six-month investigation, Cuomo secured agreements with Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, AOL, Sprint and Time Warner Cable and other internet service providers that for the first time completely block access to all child porn Newsgroups. In addition to eliminating the Newsgroups, the ISPs also agreed to purge their servers of all child pornography websites identified by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

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