Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on March 26, 2013 @ 8:09PM
Created on March 26, 2013 @ 7:04PM
How do we keep our kids safe while they're online?
That's the question that was the center of a discussion held in Morgantown on Tuesday morning. That roundtable was hosted by Senator Jay Rockefeller and featured officials from Google, Facebook, and the Federal Trade Commission.
Rockefeller said there's a lot we need to do to ensure the safety of our kids, but he said it starts by updating laws which allow companies to control the content of what's posted online.
During Tuesday's meeting officials talked about the damage that can be caused by what's posted on the internet.
Officials referenced a case where two teens in Ohio were found guilty of raping a girl. The case gained national attention when a video was posted online that showed a number of teenagers talking about the crimes.
Rockefeller said instances like that have to stop.
As the chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, which oversees protection and privacy issues, Rockefeller is in a position to do something about it. He said the way the law stands officials can't punish companies based on content of their site, and that's what he wants to change.
Rockefeller admitted that some might see that as censorship, but he said that we've got to take action for our kids safety.
"There's nothing worse than demeaning a child," Rockefeller said. "We've had suicides in this country because of it. The FCC can't punish them based on content."
Rockefeller said the Supreme Court will decide if his idea infringes on the First Amendment.