St. Louis Public Radio News
10:00 am
Mon December 30, 2002

New Law Requires Internet Monitoring

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri public schools and libraries have until New Year's Day to strengthen ways to prevent young people from looking at objectionable Internet sites.

Under state legislation passed earlier this year, public schools have to write rules that would set the standard for what's considered pornographic material.

Public libraries also have until Wednesday to develop policies that would prevent youth access to computers that could be used to reach objectionable Internet sites.

The National Center for Education Statistics says three-fourths of school districts nationwide use blocking or filtering software.