The Internet is a method of communication and a source of information that is becoming more popular among those who are interested in, and have the time to surf the information superhighway. The problem with much information being accessible to this many people is that some of it is inappropriate for minors. The government wants censorship, but a segment of the population does not. This is because the Internet is the epitome of the First Amendment: freedom of speech. It is a place where people can speak their mind without fearing of what they say, or how they choose to say it. If the government interferes in order to regulate the Internet, the whole concept of the Internet will be ineffective.
The Internet has made information of all shapes and sizes available to individuals at any time and in virtually any place. A person can socialize with others, make new friends, talk to old friends, conduct research, purchase goods, send birthday cards and check e-mail from the comfort and the security of his home. But even more appealing to some, is that same person can enjoy private adult interests without being observed by others. Such as pornographic sites, and sexual conversations etc. As long as the acts are done or sites visited are not illegal, many adults acknowledge that this type of use is the user's own business, even if it is somewhat distasteful to some. However, what if the user is not an adult visiting these sites? .
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Everyone agrees that children should not have this kind of Internet acccess. The problem, however, is in determining the measures that should be taken to prevent a child's access to this material. Protecting children in the Internet can be accomplished by parents" guidance and not by enforcing laws by the government. The Child Online Protection Act (COPA) passed to protect children from online pornography by requiring that web site operators to verify the age of visitors such as by issuing a credit card number.