We Can Make the Internet Child-Safe Without Trampling Civil Liberties
To protect children from the unsavory parts of the Internet, we need vigilant parents, rather than the Supreme Court.At ages 5 and a half and almost 8, my children are already computer geeks in training. The younger one is a whiz at online games. He can download and install them and change desktop settings, while the older one types in URLs he finds on TV and on cereal boxes. Am I worried about them being exposed to Internet porn or other nefarious material? Absolutely. Am I worried that the latest attempt to criminalize such material was recently blocked by the U.S. Supreme Court? Absolutely not. Porn may rile parents, but spam is the electronic evil that dominated a recent Inbox conference. Click here to read more.
Im actually more concerned about exposure to violence on TV or video games than I am about porn popping up on their computer screen. Certainly, in the battle of free speech versus cleaning up the Internet, there are no easy answers, at least in the sense that they can be applied fairly and uniformly. But there are a lot of solutions that work more effectively and are less insidiously destructive to civil liberties than anti-porn legislation.