Hey, Moms & Dads, PIPA Will Hinder Your Ability To Parent


SOPA may be off the table in Congress for now, but PIPA is still a threat to your free speech and your ability to protect your children. Here’s a bit from my last post about these harmful bills…

Think this doesn’t apply to moms and dads or that “censorship” just fights terrorism and porn? Think again. Imagine a product or a service causes your child harm and you want to warn other parents on your site or rally others to your cause. Now, imagine not being able to do so. And that’s just one scenario in which parents need absolute freedom to say and write what they want.

How can this happen? From Wikipedia…

Policy analysts for New America Foundation say this legislation would enable law enforcement to take down an entire domain due to something posted on a single blog: “Yes, an entire, largely innocent online community could be punished for the actions of a tiny minority.”

And to be clear, corporations would be the ones pulling the trigger. For example, maybe some kid in Oklahoma makes a Harry Potter gif for his Tumblr blog and Warner Bros. claims that’s an illegal use of their property, the studio can have all of Tumblr shut down.

If you’re anything like me, you depend on the online parenting community for information. And I understand the motivation behind the bill, but this is the wrong way to handle it. As the day goes on, more and more in Congress are understanding that and withdrawing their support.

Make your voice heard by signing the petition at Google or risk having that voice taken away. Without irony or humor I’ll add that you should do it for your children. Because if you don’t protect their rights, no one will.

Kirby Costa Campos