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Drug Videos: More Dangerous than Online Predators

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John Walters, the director of the White House war on drugs, said on Monday that Internet videos that show people getting high pose a dangerous threat to teenagers by encouraging them to use drugs and alcohol.

A new study about drug-related videos on popular sites such as MySpace found that 1 in 20 teens using the Internet see at least one drug-related video per month. More than a third of those teens were under 16.

"Parents would be horrified to think that people are sneaking into their house to encourage their kids to build a bong or to chug on beer at age 13," Walters said. Check out the video from this morning's "TODAY":

Internet safety advocate Donna Rice Hughes (yes, that Donna Rice), president of Enough is Enough, has the following tips for parents:

• Spend time on the Internet alongside your teen.

• Keep your teen's computer in an open, public area of the house.

• Enable safety rules and software tools on all Internet-enabled devices, not just the computer. "This includes cell phones and online gaming devices, which are now mini-computers."

• Use parental control tools and software to protect your kids.

For more information, check out the Enough is Enough website.



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