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Firms Ignore Kids-Only Internet Domain


Firms Ignore Kids-Only Internet Domain

By David McGuire Staff Writer

Friday, February 20, 2004; 6:39 AM

When Congress cordoned off an Internet playground for children, supporters hoped it would give young surfers the benefits of the World Wide Web without its many dangers. But more than a year after President Bush signed the "dot-kids" legislation into law, the online haven looks more like a ghost town than the theme park envisioned by its backers.

A little more than 1,500 people have plunked down $100 to $160 to buy a dot-kids address since the addresses went on sale last June, but only eight are attached to live Web sites. Twelve sites have been submitted for a mandatory content review.