Education Over Censorship Essay

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Education Over Censorship

Remember when you were a kid and you discovered something taboo or something that was considered adult? Didn’t it seem wrong, but exciting at the same time? It was something that was kept from your eyes or ears, but you were able to find it again when you wanted to. This is why there’s censorship in the world. There are things out there that children shouldn’t see. But determining what kids shouldn’t see has been plaguing our society forever. If we censor certain mediums just so kids can’t see them, then adults are also restricted. It’s like burning the house down to roast the pig.

But, what if children were educated better? Even if they were educated about the taboo subjects such as pornography or
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But now that the CDA has been deemed unconstitutional in the case Reno v. ACLU, the government has to find some way to protect children. Software that blocks sites based on what the site contains seems the next logical step to censorship fanatics. Even if you make a mistake typing the address to a page, you can find porn. Or, if you want to see the Whitehouse web-site and type in in stead of, you’ll get a pretty good idea of what presidential activity might be(Herring).

Web filtering products, such as SurfWatch and Net Nanny use two methods to block sites from children’s view. One method blocks sites that contain certain keywords in the page. These keywords can contain even the most neutral words such as "sex" or "breast." This kind of filtering keeps children from seeing sites on the town of Middlesex, and also block sites of the National Organization for Women and sites about AIDS research. The second method, however, relies on thousands of constantly updated reviews on hundreds of thousands of web-sites, discussion groups, etc(Heins). Some of these programs even monitor what is being viewed online so that parents can review it later(Melillo). Even the American Library Association has decided not to use filters on computers in their libraries. The ALA has been criticized for doing this, though, because they don’t want to block anything for fear of blocking something worthwhile. Mark Y. Herring argues that this is, "lakin to arguing

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