Tennessee lawmakers are considering a measure to give parents more control over what their family members view on the Internet.
Pornography is rampant in the U.S., and children in so many cases can too easily access it. Ricky Darr of the National Decency Coalition believes parents ought to have control over it in their homes.
"Pornographic websites are obscene. There's a Supreme Court precedent that was made in Miller v. California," Darr explains. "Patently offensive material, which is ultimate sexual acts, which … when you go onto these websites, that's what you see; you see obscene materials -- so this law isn't meant to touch anything that's constitutional, just unconstitutional material which is obscene."
Rep. James Micah Van Huss (R-Jonesborough) filed the "Safer Internet for Minors Act," or HB 2294, last week. It would essentially make those of age and wishing to view porn take extra steps to do so. The measure has been submitted in the Tennessee Legislature, and it is enjoying growing support.
"What it'll do [is] it'll require the Internet providers providing a service to Tennessee residents to include with residential service certain parental control features," Darr relays. The measure would also "create a category for pornographic materials -- to have the pornographic materials category turned off by default."
It would be up to the providers, such as Comcast or AT&T, to offer a service that would be difficult for a young family member to defeat or override.
Both houses of the state legislature are on board with the idea, as are four national groups that have lent their support.