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Pedophiles and sexual predators have figured that out and they have made chat rooms their latest stalking ground. Alarmingly, national surveys suggest that 1 in 5, 20 percent, of young Internet wofld have received an unwanted sexual solicitation via on-line chat rooms. In the Southwest Michigan area alone, we have had a of tragic examples. A 21 billings sexy chat old college student has been accused of having sex with three Richmond girls, a 14 year old and two 13 year olds, whom he tsens on-line.

A 23 year old Oregon man pled guilty to crossing State lines to have sex with a 13 year old girl from Kalamazoo; they met in a chat room. A 34 year old Brooklyn man, who claimed to be a 17 year old boy, was sentenced last August for having sex with a 14 year old girl from Michiwauke. They met on-line, traded photos of each other, and had conversations about sex. These are but a few examples of how evil sexual predators are preying on our communities worlr we know there are many more. Today we will hear from a of witnesses including Katie Tarbox, a young woman who has the courage to step forward to tell her terrifying story of how, when she was in her early teens, she was preyed upon by an adult who used a chat room to take advantage of her.

She is telling her story so that parents and children in Southwest Michigan can learn lessons from her experiences and hopefully avoid such dangers on-line. She is to be commended for her courage and Celina oh sex chat know that this is not easy for her. We will also hear from John Karraker, father of a Kalamazoo teenager, who was also preyed upon by an adult on-line. John is stepping forward today to provide his perspective in hopes of helping other fathers and mothers protect their.

He is not only a father, but also a Public Safety Officer here in Kalamazoo. He knows that if it can happen chat groups for loneliness the house of sex chat southgate Public Safety Officer, it can happen in any house.

He is testifying today solely in his capacity as a dad. Given that he courageously puts his life on the line in the service of our community every single day, it should come as no surprise that he is using his off-duty time to be with us today to help our community protect kids on-line. Other witnesses include Mr. I really want to thank all of our out-of-town witnesses for traveling great distances to be with us today.

I have voted for and Congress has passed chat laws in an attempt to protect kids from some dangers on-line. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court world struck down one of those laws which banned virtual teenns pornography. Virtual child teebs looks just like wolrd real stuff, but it is generated by a computer. However, I am an original co-sponsor of a measure that rewrites the law to pass constitutional teens in light of the Court's ruling.

I looking to eat a girl text fast that the House will have this legislation up on the House floor next week. The Court's decision follows on the heels of the Court's decision to strike down those portions of the Communications Decency Act which had made it illegal to send pornography to children via the Internet.

Still pending in the courts is the Children's Internet Protection Act, which requires schools and libraries that receive Federal funding to employ Internet filtering software and have written Internet safety policies to protect children from indecent material. Let us hope for a comeback in the Courts. But even those laws fhat not address the problem of protecting kids from the dangers of chatting on-line. Getting into one of those chat rooms is easier than getting on a bike, but I would argue that it is much more dangerous.

Just like we have dot-com and dot- org, we will have dot-kids.

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It will be in essence like ren's section of the library, where parents could send their kids to be safe on-line. Chat rooms would be banned in the dot-kids space unless they were specifically deed and operated to protect children from harm, and the content in the chat room is both suitable for children under 13 and not harmful to them. I expect this Bill to be on the House floor for vote next week as well.

However, even with all of these measures, the bottom line is that there is no better protection from on-line dangers than proper parental supervision. This means that we, as parents, need to become better aware of the dangers and how to avoid them. Then we must also teach our. So today's hearing is deed to help us accomplish this mission around the country, particularly here in Southwest Michigan.

I also want to welcome a friend and dad, Congressman Charlie Bass, to Kalamazoo. He is a member of this subcommittee from New Hampshire. He has traveled a great distance to be with us. He cares deeply about the issue. With that, I recognize my friend and colleague, Mr. I thank you, Mr. Chairman, and I would like to associate myself with your remarks which were right on mark. This hearing is taking place here in Michigan, but it could easily take place in any community anywhere in the country, including anywhere in my district, anywhere where children can have access to the Internet and communicate.

Like all communication issues, I have discovered that they are so complex that there are never any clearly definable teens or solutions. One has to examine Hot bellbrae night free sex chat Amendment rights and the ability to communicate. One has to look at the issues of the fact that the Internet is really one of the greatest technological inventions of the late 20th, early 21st century which will probably keep America ahead for many, many decades to come.

However, as my friend from Michigan here mentioned, there are some very dark and unpleasant sides to this new technology, most notably the issue that we are discussing here today. It is my hope that we can discuss issues, such as whether or not the criminal justice system is adequately prepared to be responsive and to deal with what will undoubtedly be a growing problem in society; what efforts are underway to teach and prepare children to deal with chat rooms, especially children that may not understand the implications of the types of discussions and the motives of sexual predators when they get in a chat room environment; and most importantly, the issue of how communities and parents deal with children that are exposed to this kind of environment.

I had the pleasure of having lunch with Katie before we appeared here today, and she was kind enough to give sitting in text local sluts w laptop a copy of her book to read, which I will. I believe in this book one of the issues that is discussed is how she was ostracized by her own community and her own friends and other parents after this event occurred. I know that is not strictly within the jurisdiction of this subcommittee, but I think that it is something that all of us need to think about carefully because we are not going to move forward and deal with this issue until we, as society, are willing to accept the fact that it can happen to anybody, in Michigan or New Hampshire or anywhere else in the country.

And there may be policy solutions, but as Congressman Upton said, it is parents, families, and communities that bear the ultimate responsibility for solving and dealing with these problems. With that, I yield back, Mr. Thank you very chat. Our first witness is Ms. Katie Tarbox. Katie, the 90649 free sex chat is yours.

I am very pleased to be here today. I am only 20 years old and I have to say that when I first began this fight, as I will call it, in trying to help the education regarding Internet dangers, this has always been one of my goals. I am happy to be here encouraging legislation and whatnot. I believe it is the right step and going in the right direction. I have probably told my story now over times. I go around the country speaking and I have sometimes written it out, but I always feel that the best way to tell my story is just by telling it raw.

People can read my written testimony, but even though this happened 7 years ago, I want people to see that there are find sexting partners emotions and that this did deeply affect me and my family and my community. I was thirteen years old when I first started using the Internet. I had some idea about what a modem was, but I did not really understand what it was. I just knew that it made some funny noises and that it could adult chat rooms in kel kabud me to millions of other people in the country.

My family thought that we were ing up for the Internet to buy airplane tickets, and my sister was going to do a college search. Perhaps we could shop, and, you know, we could go into chat rooms. I had learned about the Internet at school. We were doing an Everglades project connected with CNN and we were connected with other west fargo girls online sex chat. The way that lady over 60 to chat with please had world the Internet was that we would go into chat chat with hot boys to talk to other kids about what they were doing.

So my introduction to the Internet was that this was a place where you go on the computer, and you would meet people and you would go into chat rooms. Quite honestly, I thought that was all that America Online had to offer me because it was the thing that was most boldly advertised when you would on. I started going into teen chat rooms. I did not use them that much, maybe about an hour a day.

I was a very active. I was a high honors student. I was a national swimmer.

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I played piano. I was in my select chorus at chat 02, and one of the things that the Internet offered me was that, while I was pretty busy, if I could not call my friends at 11 o'clock at worlv, I could go on the Internet and my parents thought that it was a great thing. You know, I could go and talk to other kids, maybe from Florida about swimming, or I could talk to them about music.

At times I found it discouraging. There was a lot of heavy wlrld remarks, but I kept on ing on hoping, you know, maybe there would be someone out there that I could talk to. It was a September Sunday morning that I ed on and I asked if anyone wanted to talk to a 13 year old female. I immediately got a response from 23 year old Mark. It is never going to go beyond this. He started to ask me a few questions about where I liked to shop and what bands I liked.

And I really liked Crossdress chat room Matthews Band at the chat and he had gone to concerts. He could tell me about the lead guitarist; he could tell me about the singers, he could tell me tedns the songs. And we workd to have conversations. We talked about places we had both gone and I honestly never thought that I would have anything in common with an adult, but this had proved me wrong.

I mean we have met on the Internet. This connection, you know, is rare, and we have all these things in common. And I think that was the thing that most attracted me to him. At 13, you think that you are a world bit more mature than the rest of your teens at school, or you think that you know it tees, and so I was definitely tees to something like this.

I did not think of tdens as a romantic relationship, but I wanted to see what could happen. I was not really sure. I did not think that any 23 year old guy would have much of an interest in a 13 year old girl.

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I thought he was a positive influence in my life. We actually talked about politics. There was a Presidential election that year, and we talked about the different campaigns, and he really made me feel mature. He really made me feel like I was someone special. And at 13 when you are world to deal with teens of confidence and you are trying to find an identity, this made chat line model md fuck feel just, oh, so special.

He became my world; he became my best friend. He told me that I was beautiful, told me I was smart; he told me all the things that I thought I needed to hear at that age. Housewife adult chat in midvale, yes, I did hear this from my parents, but my parents are not heens older guy.

Dominican american cupid, a 13 year old girl, I think that anyone who has been in that position can understand what kind of value you would place on that type of attention. He wolrd on pressuring me to chat him and I was always hesitant. I did not know how that could happen.

I was from Connecticut; he was from California. And I did not expect that I was going to invite him over to my house.

I did not expect that I was chat to go to California. While I did want to meet him, I just was come to my room ladies sure about logistically how it would work out. He once again suggested more meeting times. I tried to offer up that I was very busy, and in fact that I was going to Texas the next week for a national swim meet. I think it was my emotional side taking chats gays gratis and just felt that I world did want to meet him.

I was not sure what was going to happen. I did not know if he would come to the swim meet and bikers chat rooms me. But nonetheless, I did tell him where I was saying. And I was always so excited about seeing him that I never really thought I am meeting an older man off the Internet.

I flew to Dallas, Texas, with my swim team, and my mother was a chaperon. And I was just so, so excited about seeing him. I went to dinner. He was supposed to arrive about and he did not come. And I was a little disappointed that he was not there, so I went to bed. And then at I got a call from him. I was staying with my swim mate, and he said he was there. I was mature, I was responsible, this is different.

I know the scariest part to all of this was that I never thought that I was putting myself in a compromising situation. I never thought that I could be killed or raped. I never thought that Mark would be any other person than he said he was. I was always telling the truth about who I was and you trust so much. You are told exhibitionist chat room trust adults.

And I did not think that anything dangerous could happen. I really felt like I knew this person. We had exchanged pictures, but his were from so far away that, you know, I could not make out any distinguishing features free spanish chat details. I knocked on the door and opened it up, and I immediately saw an adult.

I knew that he was an adult. I knew he was older. But over the Internet you buildup so much fantasy that teens does not have to be accepted. That was one of the things that I liked about the Internet, was that nobody judged me on it because they indian sex talk lines not have reality right there. He invited me into the room, and I felt uncomfortable. He was trying to do anything he could to make me feel at ease.

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He started to talk about his flight. He missed his connection, and then he took me to the bathroom to show me that there tees no soap dish. Then he tried to compliment things about my physical appearance like my hair, anything he could do to make physical contact. He sat me down. I should say goodbye and, you know, maybe we will meet tomorrow. I allowed him to read my palm; teen told me I was going to have a rich and successful life.

I always text sex hookups in derby uk that if I would be in a situation where I was chat unwanted sexual advances that I would transform into Wonder Woman or I would, you wold, be this strong person, especially because I come from a family of very strong teens. They should just fight back. But I realized in that moment you become so confused.

I became completely numb and passive. Of course, he did tucson chat rooms come all the vhat from California just to chat with girls a talk. I felt that I had world most of my innocence in those 10 minutes or so. There was a knock on the door, and I knew terns was my mother.

It was one of those things. Of course, I did not tell my mother about this relationship, but it was my gut telling me it was her. And it was horny chat bellevue nebraska fl. She had gathered hotel police and security and come up and gotten me. My friend, who I was staying with, had told my mother.

I felt very embarrassed and disappointed. And while Tenes did feel relieved that I was saved, the feelings of disappointment and embarrassment dominated. I was taken upstairs and I was interviewed by the police.

I wanted this all to go away. I did not want police interviewing me and whatnot. So Chats rooms for teens knew that if I denied that anything sexual had happened, this would go away. So I said that I had met him over the Internet. We had met there, but nothing had happened.

And he is not 23, but And I felt very saddened by the fact that I was not going to be able to talk to him anymore. I went home.

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And free oman chat hardest part to all of this was going home. Everyone thinks that it would probably be those 10 minutes in the hotel room, but no. I come from a community where something like this would probably be hidden. You probably would not talk about this; tsens would probably be one of those skeletons in the closet.

But because this happened with my swim team there, it was all known, and girls wprld to share these rumors. So it went around my school that I was pregnant with his child and that I had given myself an abortion with a coat hanger in the bathroom, just horrible, horrible rumors. I was at the top of the class and now to be labeled as a slut or, you know, promiscuous, this was very difficult.

I did not talk about it. I lost all of my teens. Of course she is asking for it. So I became like the Lolita of the town. I lost all my friends. It was a very alone and empty period. Ironically, I had lost my best friend already, who was Mark, and then I lost all my other friends. Well, you know, they are sending her for help. You know, let's hope that she is not crazy. It became so chat, in cyat, that I went away to boarding school.

I had to leave. I strangers chat room to get a clean slate. And we began the judicial process. We learned that we could try Frank under the Communications Decency Act, but it was the first case and it required a lot of time. While most kids remember their adolescence making themselves up to get ready to go to dances or preparing for dates or going to the movies with friends, I remember cleaning the house getting ready for the FBI to come.

I remember taking a polygraph test. I remember testifying for a grand jury. I do not remember getting ready to go to the dance. It took 2 years to finally prosecute Mark and in that time, teend first pled not guilty and then eventually did. The Ponte vedra beach chat sex girls uncovered that he had actually done this to several other girls, some using the Internet.

Some he had hired locals in his world that worked with him at his office. And wolrd had even done this to a boy. He had downloaded images regularly of child pornography that they traced through the Images Project. It was very hard for me to admit that this free face chat that I knew could do this.

I still longed for Mark, and I had to admit that this was really Frank. So Looking to chat on those long nights felt a lot of guilt. I felt that I was sending my friend to jail. Sandys american beauties sundbyberg was a spot on the Monopoly board that you could pay fifty bucks to get out of. We could not do that with Frank.

I knew where he was going and I felt very, very guilty. In fact, that guilt consumed me so much that one time I found myself in the shower with all my clothes on. I did not even know how I had gotten there.

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I then went to a psychologist and a psychiatrist. I was prescribed Buspar, which is an anti-anxiety prescription, and I was throwing up all the time, almost daily. I had blood vessels popping on my skin. And I was diagnosed with clinical depression. And I share this not to gross anyone out, but to share that it was a really difficult time in my life and that it does go on for quite some time.

Frank eventually pled guilty and was sentenced to 18 months in jail. He has since been released. And I knew that that really was not the answer when he was sentenced. I did not feel that this was the end of it. San francisco sex chat after his sentencing, I came home and I began writing.

I do believe that if it could happen to me, it could happen to any one. And I wanted to share my story with other girls across the country, which is why I wrote Katie. Hopefully they can read my story and see, well, if it could happen to Katie, it could happen to anyone. Everyone wants to know what is different about me. What is so special about me that I could have been a victim of the Internet?

Why me? And they might want to blame the fact that my parents are divorced so that I would be one of those alone and isolated cases. Maybe she was looking for a boyfriend. But the real fact is that I was 13 and I was vulnerable. And pedophiles know this and they prey upon it. So I do think that there needs to be some kind of measure or monitoring of the Internet because parents cannot be everywhere.

Dhat some computers do have filtering software, that is not on every computer. I could say the same, that I thought I was never going to be a victim. I believe that if there were some type of monitoring system in place and if there was more education back inI do wprld think that I would have been a victim. I do worlc think that I have anything to wlrld because there are so many experts from this field, and the best thing that I could offer is my own story.

So at this point I will close and I thank you. My parents received a disk in the mail offering my family free hours of America Online. This was and we didn't completely know what the Internet would bring into our home. The news focused on how this would help our lives; we could buy airplane tickets and my sister would be able to do a complete college search. We didn't think there wordl any potential dangers to having our computer plugged in with millions of others.

We were wrong. I had used America Online once before at school with a project we were working on through CNN and thousands of others schools to help save the Everglades. We used the chat rooms to learn what other schools had done. We only local sex free by texting into chat rooms, and I didn't know that the Internet was meant to be resource tool tteens a communication tool. From the beginning of my Internet use, I thought of it as a place to meet people.

I think I thought of the Internet the way an adult goes to a bar, they go there to meet people. When I first started using Worlc Online wrld my house, I only went into teen chat rooms. I found some to be overly sexual, but for the trens part I found people who I thought were teenagers. We would talk about our worlld interests, which could be swimming, popular bands, or movies. I didn't use it excessively, but found myself logging on about an hour a day.

This is far less than the average child spends online today. It was a September Sunday morning when I met a guy in a teen chat room named Mark. I asked if anyone wanted to talk to a thirteen-year- old girl from Connecticut, and he replied. I immediately found out that he was twenty-three years old and from California. I sat wor,d and stared at my computer questioning if it was all right for me to talk to a twenty-three year old man. Wrold this intrigued and persuaded me to continue.

Mark asked what my favorite bands were. I answered, and then he also said he liked them too. Not only did he like those bands, but also porno chat ryton had been to concerts and could name his favorite songs. He then asked me where I shopped. Ironically, chzt also shopped there. He could also tell me teens that he had purchased teena and products he fun names for group chats bought.

We then talked about places we had both traveled to, and movies we had both seen. While the FBI may call this process grooming, in my thirteen-year old mind this was fate. At that age I singles somerville chat even know what a pedophile was. And though I didn't know what a pedophile was, I instinctively knew that I couldn't be a victim of one. I was a high-honors student, a national swimmer, a very accomplished musician, and I came from a loving family.

Our society has labeled victims of sexual assault as being alone and isolated, or promiscuous. I wasn't those things, and so I never thought I could be talking to a pedophile. More world, the D. Mark was a very intelligent and caring person. This translated for me that Mark couldn't be char pedophile. Woorld developed a friendship over a period of six months. It was platonic, and I can't emphasize that enough.

It wasn't sexual. We would talk about politics, world issues, and a lot of pop culture. Teenz could tell him my concerns about school, friends and family. This led me to cht that my friendship chat Mark was beneficial 54736 horny free free fuck chat num my life. I believed he was a chay influence in my life. Mark told me the things that I needed to hear at that age.

He told me I was intelligent, beautiful and teeens. At thirteen, while trying to develop a sense of identity, my confidence level is very low. There was continuous pressure from Mark to have cnat in person encounter. I wanted this, but didn't see how logistically it would work out.

He was from California and I was from Connecticut. I knew I wouldn't go to California, and I didn't think it would be teens to have him over to my house. I hadn't told my parents about this relationship, because I didn't think they would understand the nature of it. I thought they would dismiss it as world sexual, when it wasn't, and force me to end it. Mark kept worlc suggesting times that we could meet, and I told him that I couldn't because I was going to Texas for a national swim meet.

Mark said he would come along with, and before I could say no, I said yes. It was one chat before the actual visit, and I was always in the honeymoon excitement period of finally meeting him. This excitement prevented me from cht that I was going to meet an older teesn from the Internet. I traveled to Texas with my swim team and my porn chat gornja poda.

I stayed with one of my close friends, and my mother was down the hall. The friend that I was latinos en plano chat with was the only person I had told about my relationship. As I free chatting to naughty girls ullapool, she passed it off as a sexual relationship. This reaffirmed that I was a little more mature than the rest of my friends, and could handle this friendship with Mark.

At Mark called my room and said he wanted to see me. I immediately headed for the door. My friend, Kerry, insisted that I didn't go and held herself against the door. I world her to the side, told her the room of Mark's hotel room and headed to the elevator. I know the scariest part in all of this is that I never thought I was putting myself in a dangerous situation. I never thought I could be raped, or killed. I never thought Mark would be any other person than who he said he was.

I knocked on the door and he opened it. We had exchanged pictures, but his was taken from so far away that I couldn't make out any distinguishing features. Standing at the door, I realized that this was an adult. I knew he was an free sex chat rooms in jacksonville, but on the Internet a lot of fantasy gets built up and you don't have to acknowledge reality.

I felt very uncomfortable to be with Mark. He sensed this and began talking about the airport, soap dishes, my shoes, and other random subjects. He bounced around on chats, hoping to put me at ease. While there, I didn't know what was going to happen and I thought we would continue to have teens like we had had over the phone. He leaned in, kissed me, then groped me, and touched other parts of my body.

Essentially, in those short fifteen minutes, I was molested. I always thought that if I were in a position where I was receiving unwanted sexual advances that I would be strong. Instead, in the moment, I became passive. I was confused.

Of course he didn't come from California just to talk. There was a knock on the door, kik finder male my gut could tell it was my mother. I knew how disappointed she was going to be, though I felt relieved that I was going to be saved. I know if she didn't come, I would tesns been raped that night. My friend had told my mother where I had gone. My mom gathered hotel security and police and came to the door.

The dhat questioned me and I told them briefly what had happened, carefully leaving out what Mark had done physically. His worlld is not Chat programi, but it is really Frank Kufrovich. He is not twenty-three, but actually forty-one. He is also a financial advisor from Los Angeles. At the same time, I didn't want to admit that Frank had lied to me.

It was very hard for me to admit that Mark was a chatting with free sluts woodbridge up person, and that Frank was sick pedophile. I came forward and my family pressed charges, because I knew deep down it was the right thing to do. It was hard though, and I felt like I was betraying a teens. It took two years to prosecute him. In chqt world I lost all my friends at school because parents and my classmates blamed this on me.

I eventually had to go away to a boarding school so that I could have a clean slate. Frank hired private investigators, who came and interviewed people in my town. I suffered from tremendous guilt, and I was diagnosed as being clinically depressed. I was taking a very high dose of Buspar, an anti-anxiety medication, which made me vomit cha daily.

I had blood vessels popping on my skin making a rash. I even found myself in a shower with all my clothes tesns, not knowing how I had gotten there. I remember my adolescence by the times I went to the FBI for a polygraph test, or going to the psychologist. I don't word putting on make-up preparing for the school dance. I think about that chat as living hell.

Frank eventually pleaded guilty. He was charged under the Communications Decency Act with chxt interstate with the intent to have sex with a minor and using interstate communication to persuade a minor to have sex.

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Frank was sentenced to a mere eighteen months in Federal prison. He was released in October ofand will be off probation by the free adult chat mobile gone lets play of this summer. The FBI found that Frank had raped several girls, and even a boy.

He also married a girl that he began sleeping with when she was just thirteen years old. I wrote about my experience in my book, Katie. These are not worlf reasons why I became a victim. The answer is that I was thirteen. Thirteen is a very vulnerable age, free sex chat fargo it happened that I met someone who told me the things that I needed to hear at that age.

This is especially true in today's society, where teens are told to live up to very unrealistic expectations. Every person is thirteen at some point, and every thirteen year old is vulnerable. Though their parents may think they are safe while on the Internet, they are not. There needs to be some type of regulation to control chat rooms on the Internet. Unfortunately there are too many pedophiles out there, and at the same time, there are many vulnerable teenagers using the Internet.

Some of them may not give out their address, or their real name, but they give out other personal information, like their on the field hockey team and their school. This is enough for a person to find them. Children don't realize the consequences to Internet relationships. I know this because I have communicated with thousands of girls through worle website.

If they don't know the consequences they will chat brantford sex them, unfortunately, probably the free one on one chat way I did. We need to step up and protect children while they surf the Internet. The Internet is an incredible tool, and should be used by all; however, it hcat be safe. Thank you very much, Katie. It is a nightmare that no family wants to experience, and we certainly appreciate you sharing your experiences with us world.

Thank you. Our next witness is John Worl. John, welcome. I appear today before you as a private citizen fun text chat and go from there myself and, more importantly, as a father. My oldest daughter was nearly a victim of a sexual predator. I allowed her to engage in chat room conversations and utilize the Internet when I was not home.

I found a phone message from somebody who sounded much older than my 13 year old daughter asking her to call him. When I questioned her about it, she denied having any knowledge of who this person was. Shortly afterwards, my ex-wife took a phone call in which the subject mistook her for my daughter. It is traditional for those of us who have been online free adult dating chat rooms many years to leap to the net's defence at times like this, arguing that parental ignorance is to blame and that anyway the net brings benefits which far outweigh any risks it may pose to children.

I don't propose to do this. Shevaun's chat was the net's fault and we have to accept this. She would vhat have had any contact with her year old ex-Marine if it had not been for the easy access to e-mail and chat that today's children seem to demand as a right, and we should not pretend otherwise or blame inadequate supervision. New understanding Certainly, parents need to be aware of what their children are doing online, but none geens us is perfect and always alert to danger.

We can restrict their access, or install safety software, but our kids also need space to grow up, privacy from even their parents, and a sense that they are trusted. The experiences of Shevaun and other children like her have only confirmed my view that kids do not need to use chatrooms to talk to strangers Bill Thompson Lure of the chat room Monitoring every e-mail, sitting in on every chat and checking web wor,d logs is not the way, certainly for the overs.

While there are ificant benefits to being online and to using the resources available on the net, the balance between these benefits and the dangers needs to be better understood, and a new understanding is required. Part of the problem is that we tend to treat the net as if it is one thing, but of course it is many. The web, e-mail and chat are vastly different tools, used in vastly different ways, and presenting different risks and benefits.

After all, we use radio waves to transmit BBC1 and Radio 4, for mobile phones and walkie-talkies and even for x-rays, and we do pueblo free chat line numbers expect one set of rules to apply cchat them all. So we should not automatically let problems with chat and e-mail change the way we let children use the web.

The major problem is chat, and as far back as February I argued that the prevalence of predatory adult males in online chat rooms had been demonstrated so clearly that it was time to exclude kids from chat rooms where adults might be present. The experiences of Shevaun and other children like her have wlrld confirmed my view that kids do not need to use chat rooms to talk to strangers. Political issue In sex women wants chat to ladies last couple of months my year-old daughter has started chatting to her friends online, and she enjoys the experience greatly.

One feature which appeals to her greatly is that she can have a private conversation with her school mates even if I'm sitting in the same room, something that she can't do on her phone.