The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 4, 1997 · Page 54
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 54

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, May 4, 1997
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I Hollywood/Hllls/3650/ pedia.htm TEENS'INTERNET PICKS AND PANS MARK HARRIS, 16, Gloucester Point, Va. Hours per day spent on computer: At least 2-3. Favorite sites... for schoofcwrtc Search engines like Yahoo! and Infoseek, to find specific topics. For art history: The Web Museum at ... tor fun: Sites about punk music (Mr. Hardcore's home page) and StarVters (like The Star Wats Encyclopedia, shown). Worst Racist sites like the Ku Klux Klan's home page. Parental restrictions he's subfectod to: None. MAUREEN MctNERNEY, 18, Plymouth, Mich. Time spent per day on computer: 1 hour. favorite sites ••• for schoolwork: Sites with virtual tours of colleges. The Christian Science Monitor has a good archive at for fun: Hyperreal (http://, a well-maintained rave culture site. Wont: Links that don't lead anywhere. Sites praising drugs. Parental restrictions: None, except for getting off when her brother needs it for schoolwork. MAMCvmUER, 18, Sierra Vista, Ariz. computer: Weekdays, less than 2; weekends, up to 5. Favorite sites ...for mmNnrfc Scientific into sites for school projects like Outer Orbit (http://www.s ... for INK For games, Happy Puppy Games (http:// Sites about 3-D modeling and animation. The Fractal Corporation's site at http://www, has great models, images and motion files. Ditto Viewpoint Datalabs at Worst Slow download rates and bad connections. Parental MM***).- None. El Paso •: 4-5 hours. f* • http://iww.MMMiw.eM for current evsnts. ... fpr taK New poetry at the Web Poetry srt* (http://www. *e*ma0c. com/poetry/poetry.rrtml), for movie fyfofrnption, the Entertainment Home Page (http://www. Mtont Sometimes it takes forever to agce$$ a site. -^M. franco Sohwa TEENS & FREEDOM:TECHNOLOGY Tangled in the Web New technology, from the Internet to the V-chip, poses new dilemmas for kids and parents. T HE U.S. Supreme Court wrestles with whether government should shield kids from smut on the Internet. The FBI hunts down cyberspace pedophiles, and Congress legislates V-chips in new TVs that can black out offensive shows. It's no wonder teens feel caught in the middle. Should teenagers be free to roam the Internet, as they would the public library? Are some old enough to make decisions about what to watch on television? Does the government need to protect them from the violence and sexual perversions that seem to pervade new and old media alike? The first generation to come of age with the digital world has weighed in with the answers: USA WEEKEND'S Teens & Freedom survey. The major findings: • The majority of teens surveyed, 7 in 10, oppose attempts to limit their access to the Internet. • Yet 3 in 10 do not mind some parameters. Of those teens, the overwhelming majority favor limits on where kids can go on the Net. Proponents of Internet regulation say any kid can be exposed to obscene material and even dangerous pedophiles with a few clicks of the mouse. "One child was doing a book report on Little Women and got to some hard-core child porn sites," asserts Donna Rice Hughes, an anti-pornography advocate who supports the controversial Communications Decency Act. The law, before the Supreme Court at press time, makes it illegal to post offensive or "adult" material on the Internet. Also easily accessed: popular cartoon characters "naked and having sex," Rice Hughes says. Instead of a law, Jon Katz, a media critic and the author the new book Virtuous Reality, would prefer a contract between adults and responsible teens concerning the use of any media, from rap music to TV to the Internet. Teens should discuss with adults their viewing choices, and adults should experience their children's culture before condemning it. He blames "phobic reporting" for spreading fears about pornography and predators online, he says. "The serious moral issue involving the Internet is that not enough children are using it." But computer fan Matthew Gaylord, 13, thinks kids need some cyberspace restrictions. "We may be teens, but we're still kids," says Matthew. For now, his parents haven't put any restrictions on his computer use because "he's a pretty, moral, responsible kid," says his mother, Becky. Caryn Rupel, a lOth-grader from El Paso, thinks there should be limits on teenagers' computer access. "But I don't think it's up to the government which teens are responsible enough. It should be up to their parents." Concludes Mark Weller, 18, of Sierra Vista, Ariz.: "The problem adults see is easy access to pornography. The problem they don't see is they need to teach kids at an early age that these things are bad." K3 — Putty Rhule One-third say It's OK to limit their Internet access and block offensive TV shows with a V-chlp. 14 USA WEEKEND • May 2-4,1097

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