Thursday, February 22, 2007

Panel passes bill restricting Internet access in libraries

Oklahoma House Education Committee passed a bill yesterday which tries to restrict the already restricted Internet access in Oklahoma public and school libraries.

You can see some details of the bill by visiting this previous library story.

According to Fox23 online, Rep. Wesselhoft wants protect children from being approached by sexual predators who may try to contact them on the Internet.

Meanwhile, on the federal level, Sen. Ted "series of tubes" Stephens has introduced the Son of DOPA, which would "to protect children from online predators".

Susan McVey of the state Department of Libraries points out that all public libraries in Oklahoma already require parental permission for children to access the Internet and have filters to screen out certain objectionable material.

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