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Cuomo's e-STOP to protect kids online

"Like so many other kids her age, she wants to spend her time on the Internet," Stirpe said. "She has been on computers since she was 3; she knows more about them then anyone else in our house."

When asked how he would be able to enforce this legislation, Cuomo replied that no law is full proof, but these offenders would be required to register their screen names and to notify their probation officer, within 10 days, of any screen name changes or additions. Their probation officers would also have the authority to check their hard drives for information.

A violation would constitute reincarnation. Not registering a new name, would be considered a felony and a separate offence.

"It all starts at home with the parents though," Cuomo said. "When your kids are online look at who they are talking to, ask questions and be involved. It isn't easy, but it is important to help your children understand the real threat of danger that the Internet presents."

Some reports have stated that online predators are not as prevalent as some people may believe. However, a representative from the Syracuse Police Department made it clear that there are 25,000 registered sex offenders in New York, so this threat is very real.

"These dangers are not overestimated. One out of 7 people using the Internet report that they have been solicited online," Cuomo said. "For a year we have been looking closely at what is out there on the Internet and I can not express how frightening the images and the solicitation that is occurring on the web are."

e-STOP has already been passed by the assembly. Congress is next in line to approve this legislation.

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