Interactive websites that are mainly used by children are to have their staff monitored to ensure that they are not barred from working with children.

 

From 12th October it will be a criminal offence for an organisation to knowingly employ a barred person for a regulated role, such as moderating children's sites. Anyone on the list of people banned from working with children will also be banned from moderating online services that are likely to be accessed and used by children.

 

Modifications to the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act will also apply to people on the list relating to vulnerable adults, in connection with online services likely to be used by vulnerable adults.

 

Meanwhile, social networking site MySpace has revealed that it has identified and barred around 90,000 registered sex offenders from using the site over the last two years.

 

Connecticut attorney general Richard Blumenthal, co-chairman of the task force of state attorney generals looking into sex offenders' use of social networking, said: “This shocking revelation, resulting from our subpoena, provides compelling proof that social networking sites remain rife with sexual predators.


Hemanshu Nigam, chief security officer at
MySpace, said: "We can confirm that MySpace has removed these individuals from our site and is providing data about these offenders to any law enforcement agency including the attorney generals in Connecticut.”