This definition could, however, potentially cover a much broader range of websites.Many news websites such as Slashdot and blogs like Red State permit both public profiles and personal journals.The Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website provides information about who is near you in the real world - but what about in the virtual world. How do you know whether a person near you online is a sex offender? Chuck Schumer attempted to address this problem with the recently passed Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators Act (KIDS Act).Your child may be discussing with a "new friend" how yesterday some one-hit-wonder-pop band is, or how good it is that Jagr left the Rangers and went back to Russia to play hockey. This new law would require sexual offenders to register their email addresses and another other online identifiers that they use."Sex offenders have no business joining social networking communities - especially those with teenage users - and our legislation will help keep them out.We know that many predators are using the Internet to find victims."Commercial Social Networking Websites" were originally defined within the bill as: Sec.2(c)(K) Internet websites through which a number of users can communicate in real time via text and that allow messages to be almost immediately visible to all other users or to a designated segment of all other users.Popular websites fitting this definition include My Space, Facebook, Friendster, and Live Journal.
Leveraging information technology, the Department of Justice has now put within everyone's reach information about sex offenders in their neighborhood.Parents, law enforcement officials and other experts testified before the Children and Families subcommittee, about threats posed to young people by Internet predators and talked about measures to protect children from those predators.