Blocking Online Child Porn

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jun 17, 2010 at 11:46 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) New York has a new way to stop the spread of online child pornography.

The State Attorney General came to Binghamton to explain how his new initiative works.

In New York State alone nearly 4,000 sex offenders were removed
from social networking sites this year.

Andrew Cuomo says he's introducing an initiative to keep child porn out of cyberspace.

Cuomo says, " we were finding sex offenders on Myspace and Facebook saying they were fifteen year old boys. We found them talking to young girls saying they were a brother of young girl."

Cuomo's office has compiled more than 8-thousand images of child pornography.

The database would encode each image with a hash mark simialr to a digital fingerprint.

If someone tries to upload a pornographic picture to a social networking site, the picture can be detected, blocked and deleted.

Cuomo wants to partner with law enforcement and prosecute people who post the pictures.

Parents and their kids say the database is a good idea.

Kevin McCabe, a parent of two young girls says," I think the take away here is monitoring what your kids are doing online. Every parent needs to do that."

Rebecca Baudendistil, a senior at Afton High School says, "Its hard because a lot of kids want to make new friends online but you can't because you never know who you're talking to. "

So far, Facebook at Myspace have agreed to use this database.

Cuomo is asking 13 other social networking sites like Black Planet and Friendster to get on board.

For parents, they should keep the computer in a common area not secluded or in the bedroom.

They should also talk to their kids and ask them what they look at online.

Parents can purchase filtering or monitoring software and block innapropriate websites.

For more information on stopping child internet pornography visit nystopchildporn.com.

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is running for Governor on the democratic ticket.

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