Protecting Kids Online
February 28, 2017
WICHITA, Kan. - The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was enacted by Congress in 2000 to address concerns about children's access to obscene or harmful content over the Internet. In early 2001, the FCC issued rules implementing CIPA and provided updates to those rules since 2011.
CIPA has not yet been updated at the federal level. Democratic candidate for Congress James Thompson made the following statement in response:
“Children need safe and stable environments to grow up in. As they grow and develop, they need the security to try new things—which can mean failure. We learn from our mistakes, and children that are encouraged to try new things will develop confidence that benefits them throughout their lives.
“The situation in which our children are growing up is one where technology and the ability to responsibly use the web is vital. We must ensure our children are protected as they learn technological and Internet-related skills.
“Developing positive online habits is vital to the well-being of all people, and should be a core focus of any childhood development program. For example, identity theft is not something that can only happen to adults, but children as well. The dangers that lurk online are no different than what someone may experience in the real world. The mistakes that they make as children must not affect them the rest of their lives.
“Congress has the responsibility to provide safety for all of our citizens, and the usage is one where the ability for harm to come from outside of our borders. Instead of focusing on border walls, we need to be talking about other things to keep America safe, like firewalls. It is vital that we secure our children's ability online and allow parents the tools needed to keep their kids safe.”
James Thompson is a progressive Democrat, U.S. Army veteran, and civil rights attorney from Wichita who is running for the Kansas 4th Congressional District recently vacated by now CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Mr. Thompson's platform focuses on fighting for Kansas families, education, employment and jobs training, America’s veterans, and security in the global marketplace.