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Lawmakers offer online protection to children

February 8, 2006

Albany-- State lawmakers want to help protect your children from adult content online.

On Wednesday, Senators approved "The Georgia Child, Family, and School Communications Protection Act." It would allow parents to put their children's e-mail addresses on a new registry handled by the Department of Family and Children Services.

It would be illegal to send advertisements or inappropriate content to those e-mail accounts. Parents say it's a step in the right direction but the real protection starts at home.

"It's a good idea but I really think the parents should really stay involved. There will be a way around that before long. Somebody will figure out how to make the system work for them," says parent Tammy Fletcher.

Violators could face up to five years in jail and/or a fine up to $200,000. The bill now heads to the House.

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