Social Networking Sites Under Attack At The State Level

from the think-of-the-children dept

Fortunately, the ill-conceived DOPA (Deleting Online Predators Act), which would have prevented schools and libraries that take federal money from allowing access to social networking sites, died in the Senate last year after passing the House. Unfortunately, scaremongering about social networking is alive and well at the state level. In Illinois, a state senator is pushing the Social Networking Web site Prohibition Act (via Slashdot), which looks almost identical to the DOPA. Of course laws such as these are completely silly. It's easy for kids to find a way around filters, or they'll just get online at home to look at at forbidden sites. What's worse is that because filters don't work well, the law, if passed, would block access to plenty of sites that are fine, or even useful, for kids. Of course, there's always an election coming up, so there's always a need to pass laws that "protect the children".
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    nunya, 14 Feb 2007 @ 2:47pm

    Social networking

    Social networking and social education seem to go hand in hand at public schools so it's no wonder this bill petered out and died.

    Our school system spends more money on sending home your-childs-weight-alert report cards, making it mandantory to get cervical cancer shots that you can only contract from being sexually active (to as young as 12!) and teaching all the rest of the PC jargon. It is becoming more and more apparent what is deemed important. Sports, fashion and political correctness is the crux of our children's education now. Reading, writing and mathematics can take a back seat cuz you don't need 'em! As long as you can look right, kick a football and talk in circles and never really say anything you can buy a computer or software to do the rest!

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