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Cyber Safety Program Unveiled

September 5th, 2007 by flanews

      Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum unveiled a cyber safety program designed to keep middle and high school kids safe from internet predators.  The 50-minute program gives students real-world examples of what to avoid, how to act and who to alert when they encounter a suspected predator using instant message programs, e-mail and social networking sites.
     “When we put a scary image of somebody’s picture who’s an adult they might be talking to.  It might not be at all who they’re thinking they’re talking to,” McCollum said.  “It wakes them up a little bit.  They get to thinking, well maybe if I’ve got 4 to 500 friends out there, if I really don’t know these people, if I’ve never met them, how do I know that it’s actually another child I’m talking with?”
     A new law passed earlier this year increases penalties for offenders who misrepresent their age to seduce a child over the internet, a practice known as grooming.

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