Social networking websites such as MySpace and Facebook as well as instant messaging like AOL and Google have become a chief means of communication for many children today. Unfortunately, the success of this new communication has also opened the door for predators wishing to lure our kids. We have all seen far too many television programs and newspaper articles with new stories everyday about sex offenders posing as children to bait our kids into the unthinkable.

So today, I joined with Reps. Earl Pomeroy (D-ND), Steve Chabot (R-OH), Anthony Weiner (D-NY), and Senators John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral Trump's approval rating stable at 45 percent GOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' MORE (R-AZ) and Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' Schumer to introduce bill naming Senate office building after McCain amid Trump uproar Why we need to build gateway now MORE (D-NY) in introducing the KIDS (Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators) Act of 2007 to require sex offenders to register their e-mail and instant message addresses with the National Sex Offender Registry. Once a sex offender has registered their e-mail and instant message addresses, the Justice Department will make this information available to social networking sites upon request to compare with user profiles. Offenders who fail to register their will face fines, imprisonment, or the revocation of their parole. In addition, the Act also makes it a crime for any adults to misrepresent their age with the intent to use the Internet to engage in criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

This bill represents the perfect amount of coordination between the technology industry and the federal government to continue protecting our children and as a bipartisan measure, should enjoy widespread support.