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Protecting kids online

Today Virginia is joining a national effort to provide state money to help combat online crimes against children.  The Virginia proposal would set aside $18 million over the next two years to law enforcement task forces throughout the state.  Congress is considering a bill that would pump $100 million into enforcing laws on online crimes against children. The House passed the bill, but the Senate has not acted.

Speaking of online safety, the USA Today editorialized that more safeguards are needed to protect minors from online predators on social networking sites. They suggest better age verification software and cross-referencing drivers’ license database.