Georgia will joins several other states on today in complying with guidelines in a 2006 federal law requiring authorities to track the Internet addresses of sex offenders.

That law will require sex offenders to give their Internet passwords, their screen names and also e-mail addresses to law enforcement officials.

There are around 16,000 offenders listed in the state of Georgia. State Senator Cecil Staton, who wrote the bill, says that the measure is designed to keep the Internet safe for children. Authorities could use the passwords and other information to make sure offenders aren’t stalking children on-line.