Enacts the "public internet access safety act"; authorizes the division of criminal justice services to direct public library systems to place certain warnings of internet dangers for children on such library system's internet homepage, including but not limited to, warnings of sexual predators, safe blogging, "dealing with cyber bullies" and social networking safety.
Ayes (34): DeFrancisco, Johnson, Alesi, Bonacic, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Golden, Griffo, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Nozzolio, Robach, Saland, Seward, Young, Krueger, Breslin, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Gianaris, Montgomery, Oppenheimer, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Rivera, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Squadron
Excused (1): Hannon
Ayes (59): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Johnson, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Martins, Maziarz, McDonald, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Oppenheimer, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Storobin, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (3): Alesi, Espaillat, Huntley
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to enacting the "public internet access safety act"
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Provides minors with information on the potential dangers of using the internet concerning sexual predators, on-line bullying, social networking and other safety information.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The New York State Division of Criminal Justice will establish and maintain an internet website that provides information to minors on the potential dangers of using the internet concerning, but not limited to, sexual predators, safe-blogging, on-line bullying, social networking safety and other internet safety information the division deems appropriate.
JUSTIFICATION: Children and teens use the internet daily in public libraries. The internet poses specific dangers to minors, especially in unsupervised settings such as a public library. Currently, when children use a library computer there is no warning about the dangers that exist. To protect our children, it is critical they understand the risks related to cyber-bullying, blogging, social networking sites, online predators and any other potentially dangerous internet activity that exists.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.5453/A.6602 - 2009-2010, Referred to Finance
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3064 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 8, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. HUNTLEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to enacting the "public internet access safety act" THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "public internet access safety act". S 2. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 843-a to read as follows: S 843-A. PUBLIC LIBRARY HOMEPAGE ON THE INTERNET; WARNING. NOTWITH- STANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, RULE OR REGULATION TO THE CONTRARY, THE DIVISION SHALL ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN AN INTERNET WEBSITE PROVIDING INFORMATION TO MINORS ON THE POTENTIAL DANGERS TO MINORS USING THE INTERNET CONCERNING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, SEXUAL PREDATORS, SAFE BLOG- GING, ON-LINE BULLYING, SOCIAL NETWORKING SAFETY, AND SUCH OTHER INTER- NET SAFETY INFORMATION AS THE DIVISION DEEMS APPROPRIATE, AND EVERY PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM SHALL MAKE THE HOMEPAGE OF THIS WEBSITE THE HOME- PAGE OF ITS WEBSITE PROVIDING INTERNET ACCESS TO MINORS IN A PUBLIC LIBRARY. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01242-01-1