New proposed Oz law to target 'online child predators'

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 26, 2013 08:34 hrs

Under a new law in Australia online predators who lie about their age and ask to meet children will be considered 'law breakers', a report has said.

Giving a false age in online chats and arranging a meeting with a youngster would be illegal under the proposed 'Carly's law'.

The law has been named in memory of Carly Ryan who in 2007 was lured to a meeting with a 47-year-old man who had claimed he was 20, and murdered, reports.

It would acknowledge in law that there was no good reason for grown-ups to pretend to be someone else to minors they meet on the Internet, the report said.

The proposed law will be studied by the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee, it added.

It is being backed by Carly's mother Sonya Ryan who was nominated as South Australia's Australian of the Year this year for her work in raising awareness of Internet safety among young people. (ANI)

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