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14 March 2013


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Dan Kleinman

The ACLU and the NCAC make frequent false claims on this very topic, as does the American Library Association. Heck the author of the Children's Internet Protection Act said the ALA is intentionally hindering communities from using filters to protect their children from pornography legally.

Further, at least with respect to the NCAC, it openly calls for libraries to stock porn. That's right, stock it. I'd take anything ACLU/NCAC says regarding porn in libraries with a huge grain of salt. That said, congrats to ACLU for winning in the Salem, MO, library Wicca filtering case, but that case was about religion, not about porn.

Library media specialists are being paid to ensure children have access to the right materials, are they not? So why the fear mongering about filtering porn in public schools? Are you saying the library media specialists are not capable or competent to do their job?

There goes another double standard. On one side they argue or imply library media specialists cannot perform their work so the children need unfiltered Internet access, and on the other hand they are argue or imply libraries should not use filters because only parents are in a position of deciding what is right and wring, and only for their own children. So parents can safely guide children on the Internet but library media specialists can't? I'm confused.

And I follow Twitter for cases of kids accessing porn on computers in school libraries, or adults accessing porn in school libraries, and there are plenty. Plenty. I suppose using filters to block pornography hinders education, but only if you are talking about the kind of "education" you get from pornography.


I am a teacher and my school district just tightened its web filter up so much we can't even access news sites. Students cannot access Google image search or legitimate news sources. The filter has completely crippled my students' ability to do even the most harmless research projects at school. When I teach the book Speak, I used to have students conduct research on sexual assault. Now I can't even direct them to websites that support the survivors of rape and sexual assault because those sites are banned too. I agree that high school students have no business looking at pornography at school but wide spread banning of anything that could even remotely be interpreted as harmful is doing those kids a disservice. Good for the ACLU!

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