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Children's Internet Protection Act

The next time you and your children visit a Leon County library its computers will be outfitted with pornography filters. Leon County is following guidelines laid out in the federal Children's Internet Protection Act.

Libraries and public schools across the country are now using technology protection measures which are blocking software, or filters.

"Leon County was ready July 1. Before our doors opened we had the system in and tested and ready to go," says Leon County library director, Helen Moeiler.

"I think it’s a great idea, I don't want my grandchildren looking at something detrimental for them," says grandparent Dorothy Webb.

The software works like this, if you were to go to a Leon County library and pick a search engine, then look for porn, you'll find the links but that's as far as you can get.

"We wanted to be in compliance with the wishes of the Leon County Board, and to receive federal funds," adds Helen.

Is this protection or censorship? That's the question coming from the ACLU related to the filters.

Larry Helm Spalding of the ACLU says, "This is big government at its worst, telling libraries how to run their facilities. No librarian wants kids looking at porn in their libraries. There are other, better ways to do this."

The Leon County Library director wants people to know important information will not be blocked from anyone.

For clarification, the Children's Internet Protection Act is not the same thing as "COPA" or the Children's Online Protection Act. COPA has been shot down by the Supreme Court as of Wednesday. COPA asks that people use a credit card and purchase access to pornographic websites.


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