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 +Children and Censorship
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 + By Jane Mitra, Parents Information Network\
 +
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 +
 +Parental responsibility for use of the Internet cannot be avoided as an
 +issue in families. By having a computer with Internet access in a family
 +area of the home instead of, for example, in a child'​s bedroom or a
 +workroom, not only can parents supervise access, they are also on hand
 +to deal with any problems or queries a child may have.\
 +\
 + ​Another potential benefit is that parents will probably learn more
 +about the use of the Internet from their children than from anywhere
 +else, so family use of the Net can be a positive learning experience
 +rather than a punitive policing of children'​s activities online.\
 +\
 + ​Censorship of the Internet is not workable or desirable but we do need
 +to find a way to enforce existing laws on published and broadcast
 +material. Also, individual users need good filtering software to prevent
 +unwanted access to material they feel is inappropriate for display on
 +their home computer.\
 +\
 + To make filtering effective, all Web sites need to be rated for
 +content. It is important that a common standard is adopted so that
 +anyone wanting to screen sites will always know exactly what is likely
 +to be screened out. Newsgroups should, ideally, have a similar rating
 +system to Web sites. Although this is not possible at the moment,
 +efforts must be made to devise a solution to the technical problems
 +involved.\
 +\
 + The whole issue of what is acceptable on the Internet should be
 +discussed and explored with all members of a family, particularly as
 +children are more likely to co-operate with a code they have helped to
 +develop. They should be encouraged to share their experiences with their
 +parents or guardians so that any online text, image or sound which they
 +find uncomfortable can be followed up by parents. One channel of
 +complaint which we would advise parents to use, if the need arises, is
 +through their Internet service provider.\
 +\
 + Jane Mitra, Parents Information Network\
 + ​[Parents Information Network](mailto:​PINLIFT@aol.com) PINLIFT@aol.com\
 +\
 + [Back to the Guide to Community Internet](../​pubs/​guide)
  
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