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How to Stop Online Predators from Hurting Our Children

Last week, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Jon Ossoff (D-GA) introduced a new, bipartisan-driven bill that would effectively protect children from online predators. 

S. 4719, the Preventing Child Sex Abuse Act of 2022, would enable meaningful, collaborative, and constructive conversations between the government, private sector, and non-profits to address the horrifying issue of child abuse online. 

“NetChoice applauds this bipartisan effort to strengthen federal provisions to provide protection against abusers attempting to coerce children into dangerous and inappropriate activity online,” said Carl Szabo, NetChoice Vice President and General Counsel. “This approach represents an actual tool to kneecap criminals who want to hurt kids, rather than engaging in efforts that would just use tech companies as a scapegoat.” 

Targeting predators who want to exploit children online is essential to create a healthy environment of learning, creativity, and growth for America’s youth. We’re glad to see this bipartisan effort from Sens. Grassley and Ossoff, who are showing the American people that lawmakers can contribute meaningfully to a social dilemma while working in tandem with other institutions.”