Internet Safety and Child Protection Act of 2005
Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) has sponsored a bill called the “Internet Safety and Child Protection Act of 2005”. This bill contains 3 major initiatives.
1.Require Age Verification – The law would require adult websites to verify a user’s age before granting access to adult content. This verification would go beyond the “honor system” that is presently abused.
2. The law would establish an Internet Safety and Child Protection Trust Fund (ISCP Fund). This fund will be used to assist law enforcement agencies to comabe Internet and porn related crimes against children. It will also support initiatives to educate parents and children
3.The trust fund would be funded by a 25% excise tax on internet pornography transactions.
These “drastic” steps may very well be needed in order to better protect our children from seeing online pornograhy. here (.pdf,17k), but I encourage you to read the full reporthas a frightening report concerning the pervasiveness of online porn especially as it pertains to the marketing towards minors and how accessible it is to children. Many of the statistics being reported in the news are taken directly from this report. See some of the quick stats
In my opinon the age-verification requirement is enough to gain my support this bill but in addition I think that the sin-tax may be necessary to equip and educate our public. I welcome your comments.