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Protecting Your Children From Sexual Predators on the Internet

(KHNL) The internet can be a breeding ground for online sexual predators.

Datline NBC on Friday exposed computer sex predators in California.

The show went undercover to unmask men hoping to meet an underage teen at her home.

Instead, they were met by a camera crew.

One man caught said, "If I was coming to do something like that, I would have taken a shower. I'm so dirty!"

"I'll tell you what's dirty is this conversation," NBC correspondent Chris Hansen replied.

In Hawaii, sexual predators also use chat rooms to find unsuspecting teens.

KHNL News 8 had an undercover investigator with the Hawaii Internet Crimes Against Children task force pose as a 13-year-old girl.

"He says he's 29. I say cool. What does he say, he's asking me if i'm a virgin," the investigator reported.

The conversation ends, but it's a reminder you don't always know who's on the other side of the screen and your kids are not always safe online.

Robert Jahier is also with the task force.

He says websites like myspace.com attract online predators.

"All this information is laying in front of you," Jahier said.

He said that teens often make too much information available from pictures to online diaries.

Sometimes the content can be suggestive.

"They don't allow pornography but some of stuff kids put on is pretty close to crossing the line," he said.

The easier it is for predators to get to your kids, the harder you need to work to keep your children safe.

"It used to be crave your way through this person's life, that a predator would have to do," Jahier said.  "Now it's like shooting fish in a bucket, they're all in there."

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