Dundas Review
Sunday, June 8, 1997
(Opinion)

Library should monitor young Internet users

Our local library is now equipped with 3 computers, each with acces to the Internet. It is common knowledge that the Internet offers a large selection of filth (including child pornography).

Many parents, manufacturers, and others have expressed their concern by creating programs and policies to minimize the change that youngsters will be exposed to this degradation of the human being.

When I asked the library if there are any programs installed to impede the accessibility to the Internet, I learned that the libary board discussed this and decided censorship wasn't for them (us). Instead, they ruled that children 13 and under must be accompanied by parents to use the Internet.

Kids 14 years and older can see anything they like by this rule of logic. Ah! But censorship, we must maintain freedom, cry out the sages of our society. What an absurd irony. Censorship is part and parcel of human life. There are always rules in all of our activities designed to maintain order and quality of life and restrain the excesses of human behaviour. Censorship is not a dirty word. Refusal to take responsibility to create a better social climate for children and young people is indifference. The Internet, it is said, cannot at this point be controlled. Is this any reason to not do at least what is possible? Perhaps a few people can show the libary they care. I for one am willing to donate $35 or so for one screening device. Just two to go. I wonder if you are willing?

-- Walfried E. Goossen, Dundas


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