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Re: kids and internet

Posted by Adam on November 7, 1999, at 20:14:34

In reply to kids and internet, posted by saint james on November 6, 1999, at 6:08:05

It is a slippery slope. On this very site, the word "fuck" has been used a number of times, we openly discuss issues
of sexuality, we talk about illicit drug use. This is not a porn site, a head shop, or anything a child should be
discouraged from seeing, in my oppinion. I knew zero about antidepressants until I was in my early twenties. I knew
something was wrong in my early teens, but assumed it was something fundametally wrong with me, not that I had a mood
disorder. I didn't know what such a thing was util I was in college. I'm sure that if I had had the internet when I
was a kid, I could have gotten some useful information out of it. Some parents are simply ignorant and don't bother
to investigate problems that their age and experience has them convinced they've got all figured out. Kids are usually
curious and hungry for answers. I bet a smart kid in need of help could find some here. It would be great to see more
kids here (not that I'm hoping anybody gets early-onset depression).

But what if the words "fuck, orgasm, penis, clitoris, erection, vaginal, sexual" got Dr. Bob filtered out? How could
this be intelligently prevented? Who makes these decisions? I can't imagine self-rating would cure the net of porn.
I can't imagine attempts to screen out porn don't effectively screeen out all kinds of non-pornographic content. For
that matter, how do we define pornographic, or "adult content", or offensive?

The net is not without danger or harm. Nor is the real world. This danger will be lessened when we as a society and
a species lose our desire to consume material that is gratuitously violent or sexually exploitative, not when we have
learned how to better censor that material.

> I agree the net is not a place for kids to roam free. There are good options. Get an AOL account,
> set up ID for your kid, AOL uses a 3d party content filter like "Net Nanny" with several levels of access depending on age. parents can set additional restrictions and only the parent ID can change this. If you don't like AOL you can go direct to "Net Nanny" (or search under "net filter") to pick one you like. The supreme court says public librarys and other public places cannot filter, I support this, however i would like to see "Kids Areas" in librarys so they can access the internet w/o harm.
> james




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