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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2007
AUSTIN -- Legislation designed to educate students about danger on the Internet won approval in the Texas House today. The bill will soon move to the governor's desk where it will either be signed into law, vetoed or allowed to become law without a signature.
"We need to educate students about how to protect themselves against online predators who routinely scan personal profiles posted on social networking sights such as MySpace.Com in search of victims," said the bill's author, State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville.
SB 136 by Senator Nelson directs the Texas School Safety Center to develop Internet safety curriculum in cooperation with the Office of the Attorney General. The curriculum will be made available to local schools, which will have the option to disseminate this information to students and parents.
The Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported more than 2,600 incidents involving the enticement of children online. Some of those cases led to disappearances, violent crime and even murder, which is why Senator Nelson filed this legislation.