Yahoo Closes Chat Rooms to Anyone Under 18
New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning today announced an agreement that will help prevent children from getting involved in dangerous chat room activities over the internet. Under the agreement, one of the nations leading internet service providers, Yahoo!, has removed and barred the posting of user-created chat rooms with names that promoted sex between minors and adults. The agreement is the first to institute system-wide controls over categories of chat rooms that are likely to be frequented by child predators. "We need to be vigilant to protect our children," Spitzer said. "It is imperative that parents, industry, prosecutors and lawmakers all work together to identify and address possible threats, and that we teach our children to protect themselves from those who would do them harm." Attorney General Bruning said: "Millions of people use the internet every day, and many of those are children. Because of this agreement Yahoo! chat rooms are a safer place today than ever before, meaning our children are safer online and predators have fewer opportunities to prey on them."
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