Internet Censorship -- Whether By Gov't Or Parents -- Has Downsides
from the it's-called-censorship dept
Jon sent over an opinion piece in the Boston Globe, written by Harvard professor Harry Lewis, discussing the slippery slope of dangers related to internet censorship. He notes a number of recent stories of various governments in the US and around the world that move down that slope -- having governments trying to define what sort of information is "harmful" and banning it. However, as Lewis notes:
Determining which ideas are "harmful" is not the government's job. Parents should judge what information their children should see - and should expect that older children will, as they always have, find ways around restrictive rules.From there, he notes that the growth of moral panics leading parents to overreact to "threats" of kids online can be just as bad for kids:
Yet for every child caught talking to a pedophile online, hundreds would be discouraged from searching the Internet's vast electronic library for truths their parents will not tell them.While there probably isn't too much new or different for Techdirt readers, it's still a good read.
Controlling every word children are saying and hearing, from birth to age 18, isn't child protection; it's the perfect preservation of prejudice and ignorance.