Thursday, October 19
When does the line of parent's responsibility to monitor their children end and the media's begin?
The Child Online Protection Act was created to force commercial websites to have a credit card or other adult verification screen before allowing minors into site that may have questionable content.
Read up on the act. But, anything with such broad language that damaging material is defined by "contemporary community standards" leaves far too many loopholes.
Parents should be taking an interest in their children's internet adventures. Webmasters should not have to prevent your child from reading a lesbian erotica short story. Monitoring children is not a parent's right but their duty.
Yes, this is a sticky area. Pornography sites aren't disputing this act because they require a credit card to pay for their service. It us writers who should be joining the ACLU in their fight to protect those who create.