A North Texas father, who did not want to be identified, cringes every time he sees the Texas Department of Public Safety website that features sex offenders. The man's son has been listed on the site for almost two decades as a sex offender. "The charges of exposing himself to a child were not true", he says. "People don't realize how this information destroys the life of that person, and members of the family too."

Sex offenders are bracing to hand over more sensitive information, if a plan being pushed by a Plano Senator gets the green light from the legislature. Republican Florence Shapiro wants to require registered sex offenders to hand over cell phone numbers, email addresses and online screen names to the state. Shapiro says the move will help protect children online. "Some children are on the internet all the time," says Shapiro. "We need to remove the secrecy that sex offenders love and keep our children safe," he says.

Shapiro says thousands of sex offenders -- a recent survey showed 90,000 predators with profiles on MySpace -- frequent social networking sites, daily. The Plano Senator says if the state collects the data it can be passed along to the social networking sites, so sex offenders can be easily located and refused service.

But, the proposal is not without it's critics. Dallas Civil Rights Attorney, Michael Linz says the proposal paints all sex offenders with too broad of brush. He fears it could backfire and send offenders underground. "Many of the sex offenders in the state have never harmed a child, yet their lives could be ruined if they can't find employment or a place to live," he said. Some critics argue that it's going to make it harder for sex offenders to online job searches or look for housing.

Texas' current registry requires sex offenders pass along a picture, name and address as well as other information like height and weight. "I can see why changing or upgrading that requirement could be too much information, says Grapevine Father of two, Rune Johansen. "It should be on a case by case basis as to whether there is more information required", says Johansen. But, Johansen says his wife would disagree. "She says the more, information the better". The sensitive data, unlike the current information on the website that is open for the public to see, would be seen by state officials only.