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Internet Rating Systems Censors by Default The Internet first designed for the military and the scientific community has grown larger and faster than anyone could have ever expected Now being a potpourri of information from business to entertainment the Internet is quickly gaining respect as a useful and important tool in thousands of applications both globally and domestically But the growth that the Internet has seen in the last few years has come with some growing pains Reports of harmful information reaching children are always painful to hear who wouldnt feel for a mother who lost a child to a pipe bomb that was built from instructions on the Internet But the greatest pain thus far has been the issue of accessibility of pornography on the Internet and it has many parents concerned But is it as big of a threat as the media would like us to think or has it been a bit exaggerated On July 3 1995 Time Magazine published a story called On a screen near you Cyberporn This article discussed the types of pornography that could be found on the Internet such as Pedophilia S and M urination defecation bestiality and everything else in between In Julia Wilkins Humanist article she states that the Time magazine article was based on a George Town University undergraduate students law journal paper that claimed that 835 percent of the pictures on the Internet were pornographic Unfortunately after Time published the article it was discovered that the papers research was found to be wrong So wrong in fact that Time retracted the figure which really was less then 1 percent yet the damage had already been done 1 She also claimed that the article which was the first of its kind was responsible for sparking what can be compared to a Salem witch-hunt or the McCarthy hearings In effect setting off many child protection and
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