I was just wondering the status of DOPA and one of my favorite education weblogs posted this:
So the news on DOPA is eerily quiet. Iâ€™m starting to think (hope?) that our best outcome right now is that the Senate Commerce committee wonâ€™t deal with it until after the October 6 target recess date which means that it will become a post election issue. That might just allow cooler heads to prevail. (Hereâ€™s the meeting schedule through Sept. 28â€¦DOPA isnâ€™t mentioned.)
In poking around, however, I did find this interesting tidbit that I hadnâ€™t seen and that I canâ€™t seem to confirm. Geoffrey Fletcher writes in THE Journal that â€œDOPA also wants tomake these sites available only to people age 18 and older,â€ as in people under 18 wouldnâ€™t be able to use them anywhere, in or out of schools. Is that right?
At any rate, I donâ€™t think now is the time to get any less vigialant about this. If you havenâ€™t already done so, write your senators and tell them that only education will truly protect kids from falling victim to predation on the Net or anywhere else for that matter.
Okay, so the bold bit is mine but YIKES! I hope that’s not true! If you haven’t already written to your senator, please do so! And if you have, do so again!
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