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ALA's Web Site on the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA)

A joint project of the American Library Association's (ALA) Office of Intellectual Freedom and the Washington Office, this site will offer frequently updated information about the organization's activities regarding the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). CIPA and the Neighborhood Internet Protection Act (NCIPA) were passed by Congress on December 15 as part of a major spending bill. The...
CACI: Children Accessing Controversial Information

CACI: Children Accessing Controversial Information through computer networks mailing list has now moved from to Here's the updated list description: A lot of kids are getting online these days--sharing data about acid rain, talking about social issues, meeting adults as well as kids, and learning about other cultures. Computer networks hold tremendous promise, but also...
Children's Internet Protection Act Deemed Unconstitutional

This morning, three federal judges overturned the Children's Internet Protection Act and ruled that public libraries cannot be forced to use Internet filters designed to block pornography. In the 195-page decision, judges asserted that the Act went too far because the filters could also block access to other legitimate sites, which is a violation of the First Amendment. The Act, which was signed...
Disney Online

If you or your kids like the Disney cast of characters, the Disney site may be worth a visit. See "Sights and Sounds" for downloadable photos, audio, and video clips.
Lycos Zone

In the tradition of Yahooligans (reviewed in the March 22, 1996 Scout Report) and other so-called "green spaces," Lycos has created a new online safe haven for young users which is fairly self-contained, with the exception of the advertisements. (In response to criticisms regarding aggressive marketing to children at similar sites, Lycos claims that the ads are clearly marked and will not collect...
Nearly one-in-five teens can't always finish their homework because of the digital divide

Since becoming more widespread overall, the internet has also seen increased usage for education, both in the classroom and for homework assignments. However, accessing the internet outside of school is an issue for many students. This analysis from Pew Research Center, published in October 2018 and based on 2015 US Census Bureau data, found that about 15 percent of "U.S. households with...
Parents Guide to the Internet

The US Department of Education has recently released this 24 page pamphlet--a simple and concise guide to the Internet for parents. Its thirteen sections include a brief discussion of what the Internet is, how to get started using the Internet even if you don't have a computer, basic computer terminology, pointers to give young children when dealing with communicating on the Internet, and a brief...
Surfing the Net with Kids

SURFNETKIDS is a free email edition of nationally syndicated newspaper column. "Surfing the Net with Kids" selects and annotates online sources for kids, families, teachers, and the young-at-heart. Each weekly column rates and reviews five web sites on topics as diverse as Gargoyles, the Declaration of Independence or Mozart. The newspaper column is written by Barbara J. Feldman for the San Diego...

The Internet has afforded hundreds of millions of people the opportunity to access thousands of sites on almost every topic imaginable, and has created a myriad of new employment opportunities, interest groups, and cybercommunities. Regrettably, not every person merging onto the information superhighway is there for such laudable reasons. Stepping into the fray of n'er-do wells is the WiredSafety...