"In 1998 the Children’s Online Protection Act (COPA) was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Clinton. COPA required all commercial distributors of "material harmful to minors" to restrict their sites from access by minors. COPA was struck down by a US Appeals Court as too broad and the US Supreme Court refused to hear further appeals.
In the meantime, our nation’s homes and children continue to be inundated with “material harmful to minors” via the Internet. Our children are being exposed to hardcore gratuitous violence, sexualization, and profanity at a stage of life when they are still developing their beliefs, judgments and values. They are being socialized to view such images and behaviors as normal, routine and comical. They are being desensitized to the extreme sexual degradation of women and to extreme acts of violence.
The Children’s Online Safety Act (“COSA”) would help to remedy this problem—while ensuring First Amendment protections."
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