Safer Surfing through Tagging

bq.The Cyber Safety for Kids Act of 2007 is being sponsored by Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and is designed to protect children from viewing pornographic images on the Internet by requiring the operators of adult sites to provide secure logs-in with age verification as well as home pages that are devoid of explicit material. It would also require adult Web site operators to include an electronic tag on their sites that make it easier for filtering software to block adult material. – “Jaikumar Vijayan(Legislation Again Tries to Protect Kids Online)”:http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,130975-c,kidsteens/article.html I immediately had to wonder if the Senators were familiar with the “Platform for Internet Content Selection(Platform for Internet Content Selection)”:http://www.w3.org/PICS/. Back in my first semester of library school (in 1995), I wrote a paper about the issue of content filtering and libraries. PICS was going to be the thing that solve it all. I used to dutifully tag all my sites even long after I knew the initiative wasn’t going anywhere. It will be interesting to see if things turn out different this time. I kind of doubt it.

Posted by Michael K Pate

Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997. Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident. Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida. He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995. However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999. In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.