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Kids turning to Internet to purchase alcohol

A new study shows millions of kids are buying alcohol on the Internet. Police say the state needs to do something to curb the problem. KPBS Radio's Jane Morton has more on the story.

The study, conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited, says more than three million minors know a friend who has ordered alcohol on line and a half a million people between the ages of 14 and 20 say they themselves have bought booze on line. San Diego Sheriff's Sergeant Jim Blanco tracks kids activity on the internet. He says California doesn't require proof of ID when it comes to buying alcohol on line and that needs to change.

Blanco: The delivery person maybe come into play. Instead of leaving the stuff on the door step sign for it and if a kid answers the door the delivery person, whether it be UPS or FedEx, is going to have to walk away from the door and say sorry you're underage and I'm not dropping this off.

Blanco says parents can also play a role in preventing this type of activity by closely monitor their kids when they're on line. One way to do that is to keep the computer in a public place in the house as opposed to a bedroom. For KPBS, I'm Jane Morton.

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