With so much media attention toward the lack of parental involvement in children's lives, a more violent society, easier accessibility to firearms, and with recent events such as the Columbine incident, I hope this project explores just how easily a minor could find a site that would encourage illegal activity.
I hope to answer some questions in this project.
1. What kind of sites are on the Web? Is it easy or difficult to find these sites?
2. What laws or legislation are in place to regulate the Internet? How will this legislation be enforced?
3. Who's responsibility is it, if anyone's, to regulate the Internet?
I picked this topic because the Internet is a relatively new form of communication, and it is so new we can't be sure of its implications. While the Internet has brought a unity across the world as a new fast way of communication, the problems of an abundance of information can have negative implications. While the Internet has brought researchers, scientists and friends together more quickly, it also makes it easier for minors to access information with little legal control.
Certainly, the Internet has been adding controls to prevent access of certain information. Some legislation has passed that requires schools to add monitoring devices to school computers. Some middle school students must fill out permission slips before accessing the Internet at school. Students that access pornography or sites unrelated to school are susceptible to punishment by school authorities.
Other forms of regulation exist among Web service providers.
Services that provide Web pages for personal and business use may or may not use monitoring devices. With more and more Web sites being posted on the Internet every day, regulation becomes a key issue. Just how can these monitoring devices balance giving freedom to users and keeping potential customers surfing Web sites they sponsor?