CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Supreme Court has struck down a North Carolina law that stops convicted sex offenders from Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites.
The ruling Monday says that the State's ban is unconstitutional because it violates free speech and was too broad. With that unanimous decision sex offenders can now get on any social media platforms they want.
A spokesperson for Governor Roy Cooper issued the following statement:
“The Governor is disappointed by the decision, but North Carolina should continue its efforts to find ways to protect children from predators both online and offline.”
Parents are reacting similarly to the governor.
“I'm against sex offenders. I don't think they should have any kind of privileges,” says Shelby mom, Cynthia Fite.
She says she now has more to worry about as she raises her son.
“I feel bad that he's growing up in a world that's getting this bad.”
Pat's Place, an organization that works with children who are sexual abuse survivors says this underscores the need for parents to know what their children are doing online.
“Anytime that children are interacting online there need to be some guidelines and conversations that parents have in order to keep them safe,” says Janet Harmon, director of outreach and child education.
However, Harmon says, there’s a bigger threat much closer to home.
“The reality is, children are at much greater risk from people who that family knows and trusts. Over 95 percent of children who are victimized are victimized by either a member of their family or a member of their social circle.”