Monday, August 08, 2005

Conrad to the rescue: web surfing to be safer for kids

When I was in junior high, the Internet was brand new. I was using the web to research the government for a civics assignment. As an Internet novice, I simply typed in www.whitehouse.com. Instead of visiting the government website, I found a porn site. I was mortified!

Well, Conrad recently introduced the Internet Safety and Child Protection Act, which will make surfing the web safer for kids. The bill would help block children’s access to porn websites by having an on-line equivalent of an ID check, and using age-verification software that already exists and is in use on other websites.

So the next time a young person wants to use the Internet to research a civics assignment, Conrad is helping to ensure they find the right website.