Originally created 07/23/98

Senate moves to protect children from Internet smut



WASHINGTON -- The Senate has approved two provisions intended to keep children away from smut on the Internet.

The provisions were added Tuesday, on a voice vote, to a spending bill for the Commerce, State and Justice departments, which the Senate is still debating.

One would require schools and libraries that receive federally subsidized Internet hookups to install screening software on computers. That software would prevent children from accessing Web sites with indecent material.

Another provision would require Internet companies to restrict young people's access to pornographic and other materials that are "harmful to minors" in cyberspace. Minors are defined as people under 17 years of age.