DOPA – Like Telling Kids They Can’t Walk to School

I was listening to LibVibe on the train to work today and Marv mentioned an article that intrigued me. So, I came into work and emailed Marv to ask for the link. Now I have to share it with you all.

The quote he mentioned in his report was from an article by Larry Magid of CBS News titled House Misfires On Internet Safety.

While nearly everyone agrees that Internet predators should be “deleted,” this bill doesn’t address that issue. Unlike the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, which the President signed into law on July 21, DOPA does nothing to strengthen penalties or increase prosecution of criminals who prey on children. Instead, it punishes the potential victims and educational institutions chartered to serve them, by denying access to interactive sites at school and libraries.

It would be like trying to protect children from being injured or killed by drunk drivers by ruling that kids can no longer walk, ride a bike or even ride in a car or bus to school.

Aside from punishing potential victims rather than the perpetrators, the bill doesn’t even address the issue where it matters.

What a great comparison – I was laughing out loud on the train – people probably thought I was crazy (oh well!). Larry Magid is also the author of MySpace Unraveled – a book I’m adding to my wish list. The description on Amazon says:

Do you know what your children are up to on MySpace? MySpace Unraveled: What it is and how to use it safely discusses the booming MySpace social-networking phenomenon and shows you exactly what you need know about MySpace and how to create a safe online experience for your kids.

Now that’s what I’m talking about!! Educate! Educate! Educate!

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  1. Thanks for the kind words about my article and the book.


    Larry Magid

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