Internet Censorship Essay

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Internet Censorship The First Amendment protects the right to freedom of religion and freedom of expression from government interference. Freedom of expression consists of the rights to freedom of speech, press, assembly and petition. However, there should be a line drawn on what that freedom exactly allows. One should not be able to post vulgar language, violent threats or pornography. Children especially need to be protected from the crazy things put on the Internet each and every day. I believe Internet censorship is a very controversial topic. I feel a person should be punished on a case-by-case basis if that person posts a threat or pornography. As for vulgar language, I do not think it is necessary for the government to step in, however, an individual should censor him/herself. The best way to stay out of trouble is to limit the amount of information you put on the Internet, and limit hurtful or foul language. The Internet today is an extremely vast resource that just about everyone uses. There are safe websites, unsafe websites, websites children should see and websites children should not see. For example, I believe children under the age of fifteen should have limited Internet access. Children and young teens should not have access to websites like Facebook, adult websites, and websites containing pornography. Such Internet websites can harm an individual’s mind. Limited Internet access would help them not become very dependent on the Internet, and protect them from the harsh realities of our world today. One should have a standard to follow when posting on the Internet. Whether it is on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, E-Mail or anywhere else, an individual should limit the amount of personal information and avoid hurtful or vulgar language. Such postings can get someone in trouble anywhere from school suspension to government punishment. You never know

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