How do you protect children from viewing inappropriate materials on the internet?
Evidently, the Children’s Online Protection Act (COPA) is not the way.
The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit today upheld a ban on the enforcement of the Child Online Protection Act (COPA), ruling once again that it was unconstitutional, overbroad, and vague. The American Civil Liberties Union, which challenged COPA on behalf of a coalition of writers, artists and health educators, hailed the ruling as a victory for free speech.
The constitution limits the government’s ability to censor web content and the electronic filters required of schools and libraries are largely ineffective.
Maybe it’s time to talk about an educational solution instead.
Training teachers to manage and use the web in their classrooms, and helping parents understand how to manage access at home, would not provide 100% protection for kids.
But it would be a far better approach than poorly written laws and the ham-handed use of electronic censors.