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IT'S BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY ON INTERNET

When it comes to protecting our children, our actions must never be decided by what is convenient for any one group. I seriously wonder whether parents are aware of what their children have access to in schools and libraries via the Internet.

The excuses I read in the Feb. 11 News article about Internet filters in public schools made me sad. The argument that because filtering software is not perfect, we should scrap the whole idea is ludicrous. I'd rather have 87 percent of sexually explicit sites blocked, with the inconvenience of some legitimate sites being blocked, than no sites blocked.

Children can innocently click on a site and be exposed to material that robs them of their innocence or distorts their thinking with sickening images. So what if the technology for filtering is not perfect? The filter can be unblocked temporarily for access to a legitimate site.

Admittedly, filtering should never take the place of monitoring by teachers. But filters would go a long way to help protect our children from what they should never be exposed to in their schools or libraries.

JENNIFER A. LAURIA
Orchard Park

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