So, I don't go on chat rooms because older people try and be younger.You don't know where they're from or how old they actually are." - Cass, a sophomore at Moorhead High School Internet safety seems to be old hat to students in the Moorhead High School computer lab.But should police patrol chat rooms trolling for predators?Rasmussen says that wouldn't be necessary if parents took responsibility for their kids' computer use.
His research shows one in five teenagers who use the Internet have been solicited for sex online.
Rasmussen says soliciting sex in a chat room is not a crime, but arranging a physical meeting breaks the law. At least 21 states now have specific laws against soliciting minors online. West Fargo Police Chief Arland Rasmussen believes police have a responsibility to investigate cyber-crime.
He's proposing a metro cyber-crime unit in the Fargo-Moorhead area.
Crimes Against Children Research Center Director David Finkelhor says kids like these may be the best protection against online predators.
He says parents and policymakers are bemoaning the prevalence of cyber-crime.