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Youth Program: Youth Resources

The Youth Program lists here some additional resources, including media coverage and links to organizations and related publications about online policy issues and youth communities. For alerts, media coverage, and publications related to incidents of online bias, discrimination, or defamation against youth, see the Youth SWAT Team page. More general information about online policy issues is available from the Issues bar across the top of most pages on this site.

Media Coverage

*   Filtering Software May Block Access to Health Information, Study Finds
Software meant to protect young people from the seamier side of the Internet may also be blocking them from important health information on issues ranging from diabetes and sexually transmitted diseases to depression and suicide, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation study released this afternoon, Washington Post (December 10, 2002)

*   Internet Filters Block Health Information, Study Finds
Teenagers who look to the Internet for health information as part of their "wired generation" birthright are blocked from many useful sites by antipornography filters that federal law requires in school and library computers, a new study has found, New York Times (December 10, 2002)

*   Smut Vs. Safety
CBS Radio News Tech Analyst Larry Magid has some advice for Congress about protecting kids online, CBS (May 21, 2002)

*   Protecting Kids From Internet Porn
One of the best ways to protect children from pornography on the Internet may be to teach them to protect themselves, experts said on Thursday, CBS (May 2, 2002)

*   Student Writers Try to Duck the Censors by Going Online
Students at Centralia High School in Washington experienced censorship of items in their school newspaper, so they put the information online and formed CNN (the Centralia Nerd Network), New York Times (requires free registration) (June 7, 2001)

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Organizations and Related Publications

*   Charting and Bridging Digital Divides
Fundamentally, the digital divide is about the gap between individuals and societies that have the resources to participate in the information era and those that do not, University of Toronto Centre for Urban and Community Studies via AMD Global Consumer Advisory Board (Adobe PDF) (October 27, 2003)

*   OPG Co-Hosts Bridging the Digital Divides Event
Join us the week of August 25-29 as we discuss "Bridging the Digital Divides, Equal Access to the Internet" on Techsoup's Digital Divide Forum, including topics such as class-based disparity in available technology, the role race, ethnicity, and religion play in the digital divide, women and technology, the impact of Internet blocking software on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, and access to technology for people with disabilities, Online Policy Group (August 25, 2003)
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*   Digital Divide in Schools: Student Access to and Use of Computers
Schools appear to play a vital role in bridging a "digital divide" between rural and urban high school students in terms of access to computers and frequency of their use, according to one of the first research papers done under the new Data Research Centre program, Statistics Canada Daily (June 23, 2003)

*   Sex and the Internet
OPG Executive Director Will Doherty presented a program entitled "Sex and the Internet" to the annual conference of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality in San Jose, CA, Online Policy Group (April 12, 2003)
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*   See No Evil: How Internet Filters Affect the Search for Online Health Information
With a case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court challenging mandatory filters in libraries, the Foundation conducted a comprehensive study that indicates Internet filters most frequently used by schools and libraries can effectively block pornography without significantly impeding access to online health information - but only if they arenít set at their most restrictive levels, Kaiser Family Foundation (December 10, 2002)

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