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Sat., Feb. 18, 2006, 1:24 a.m.

HBO — to Mary Souza re: Internet Dangers

Mary Souza: "So, to change the subject a bit, how about some legislation to protect our kids from porn on the internet? Oprah had quite an expose about webcams and sexual preditors on her show yesterday--which I rarely watch, but this one was very informative. The conclusion was that webcams and kids combine for extremely dangerous predatory situations for children from otherwise well-tended families. Then the Press had a story this morning about a Post Falls 12 year old who posted a photo on ... seems some 20-something guys arranged to "meet" her at the Mall--but luckily her Mom was the one they met. It's crazy on the web. There is evil in the world, and the internet is helping it grow exponentially. What can we do?"

DFO: I missed this one the other day. I remember several years ago catching my daughter innocently chatting in a chatroom with other "kids" who seemed way to interested in knowing about her personal habits. We had a long talk about it. And she decided not to continue visiting chatrooms afterward. The Internet is the source of so much good. And so much bad. You have to ride shotgun on it as much as you can. And pray. I'm glad my kids are raised -- and this is one of the worries I can check off my list re: them.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.