I’ve known about some of these bills for a while, but here they are in the news. They are going through the House and still need to be considered by the Senate.
The bills would make it easier to monitor and prosecute cyber crimes against juveniles and to educate children about online dangers. According to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., law enforcement has identified nearly 500,000 individuals trafficking in child pornography over the Internet, but because of a lack of resources, only about 2 percent are under investigation.
Rep. Wasserman Schultz is the sponsor of a bill that would approve spending $1 billion over the next eight years to combat online child exploitation. It would also create a Justice Department office to coordinate prosecution efforts, increase money for a program that helps state and local law enforcement, and provide more dollars to hire agents and improve forensic lab capabilities dedicated to child exploitation cases. It passed 415-2.
Other bills would:
Respond to a court decision last year to throw out a child pornography conviction on the grounds that the material moved on the Internet did not constitute interstate commerce. This new bill would specify that Internet transmissions DO fulfill the commerce clause, making a child pornography conviction harder to toss. The bill sponsored by Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Kan., passed 409-0.
Each bill here was proposed by a Democrat but as you can see, accepted universal acceptance. It is sinking in that our nation’s children need to be protected from the scumbags that use the Internet to prey on them.
While the Gov’t is fighting from this side, it is up to parents to fight from the inside (incidentally that is the title of a great Queen song). Parents are responsible for what their child does and whom they talk to online. If they aren’t doing their job in the home, then the battle is already lost. Check out PC Pandora… and check up on your kids.