Hi everyone, my name is Leysha Trinidad and I’m going to be debating, along with my teammates, on the fact that restrictions of Freedom of Speech need to be applied and enforced to protect citizens. I am going to be talking about the need to protect children from the exposure to obscene, offensive, or potentially damaging materials. Definition of obscenity: utterly without redeeming social importance.
1. Yes, there are some laws that protect children online like the Children Online Protection Act (COPA) which restricts access by minors to any harmful material and the Children Internet Protection Act (CIPA) which requires that public and school libraries have a policy of internet safety for children. Today, I can say that only the CIPA is working as you know, a lot of children are watching explicit material through TV or internet. An estimated 20% of the parents don’t check what their kids are doing while using the Internet and 71% of the parents stop checking the use of the Internet after the kids turn 14. The statistics say 77% of the targets for online predators were 14 or older (age in which parents stop supervising the use of internet), the other 22% were from 10 to 13 years old. It also says that that 25% of the children using Internet are exposed to unwanted material.. If there were laws protecting the children online and, why are kids still experiencing these potentially damaging material?
2. PARENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR KID’S ACTIONS, NOT THE GOVERNMENT: As I said earlier, Parents are not supervising their children correctly. In fact, 62% of the parents don’t really understand the Internet (in general). My opponent says that the government shouldn’t get involved in the fact that kids are watching inappropriate and damaging material and that it is up to the parents. I believe that the responsibility is of the parents but the reality is that more than half of the parents , now a days, don’t even care...
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