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Timeline of U.S. Child Protection Laws
October 3rd, 2010

A Brief Timeline Of US Laws Attempting To Protect Children

With the instances of sending sexual pictures or messages on the web becoming greater and greater each day, what exactly is our government doing about it? The US has extremely strict anti-child pornography laws in place, but it is questionable as to whether or not they truly protect our children on the web. The only way to be sure of what your son or daughter is doing on the internet is to take action with the use of remote computer monitoring software, or key logger. The usage of this type of computer program is the only way to make sure of what your child is doing online and whether or not your computer has child pornography on it or not.

Here is a timeline of the laws currently in place:

February 1996 – Communications Decency Act: makes it a crime to display indecent material on the internet in a manner available to children under the age of 18. This law was a good attempt but it is criticized as being too vague and broad. The Supreme Court then in 1997 declares this law unconstitutional.

October 1998 – Children’s Online Protection Act: Establishes fines up to $50,000 for placing material that is “harmful to minors” within the easy reach of kids on the internet. However, this law has never gone into effect because the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia struck it down twice, on both broad and fairly narrow grounds. Then, a later ruling on June 29, 2004 by the Supreme Court said that the law likely violates the First Amendment (this was after considering the case 3 times).

October 1998 - Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act: this law requires commercial Web sites that are aimed at children to obtain parental permission before collecting personal information, such as names, addresses, phone numbers or Social Security numbers, from children under the age of 13.

2000 - Children’s Internet Protection Act: this law required schools and libraries to install internet filtering as a condition of federal funding. On May 31, 2002, a panel of federal appeals judges ruled the law violates the First Amendment and would restrict substantial amounts of protected speech. In the end it was reinstated on appeal to the Supreme Court in 2003.

As you can see, there are many hurdles to trying to pass laws which protect our children. The use of remote computer monitoring software, or key logger software doesn’t have as many hurdles associated with it though, making it a desirable choice for parents across America.

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