10-2-06 - Concerned that sexual predators can reach their children on the Internet, parents say online safety is increasingly more important.
Parents say knowing Internet misuse has landed an elected official and a local teacher in the middle of alleged sex crimes involving underage children is not that shocking.
"I'm not really surprised. I have a feeling that type of thing happens all across the community. Doesn't really matter if they are prominent people or otherwise," says Steven Sellers, a local resident.
"Sometimes, even though they think they're not doing anything wrong or they don't think that they are in an unsafe zone, sometimes they are, so we have to constantly check that," adds Dee Allen, a Tallahassee resident.
Some parents say they check activity frequently such as sites and chat rooms while explaining to their children the importance of safety on the Internet.