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McGuinty nixes online porn filters in schools, libraries

It’s not really up to the government to block access to pornography oncomputers at schools and libraries, Premier Dalton McGuinty saidyesterday, amid a push for mandatory Internet filtering software toprotect children across the province.

It’s not really up to the government to block access to pornography on computers at schools and libraries, Premier Dalton McGuinty said yesterday, amid a push for mandatory Internet filtering software to protect children across the province.

McGuinty said he believed that responsibility really should fall on parents themselves.

“You’ve got to take a personal interest in the technology in your home, you’ve got to understand what they’ve (your kids) got access to, there are certain kinds of filters that you can put in place,” he said.

Progressive Conservative Gerry Martiniuk, who represents the riding of Cambridge, argues it’s unrealistic to expect library or school staff to constantly monitor the sites accessed by their computers.

Only between 25 to 35 per cent of schools and libraries have filters in place, Martiniuk said, because they aren’t required to by law, and he wants a uniform policy across Ontario.

 
 
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