Tech News Focus: Texas

| Wednesday, September 1, 2010
This morning the Texas legislature approved funding for abstinence-based computer security training for high school students. The training will focus on behavioral and urge control, preventing students from using the Internet before they start. The bill had been debated for months, but was passed soon after studies found a strong correlation between Firefox use and Wiccas. Representatives deny that the bill is intended to force any religious behavior, with a spokeperson stating that "all members of the Legislature believe in the first amendment of the constitution and believe there are infinite paths to accepting Jesus Christ as their personal savior*, this bill is only to stop the spread of dangerous viruses and spam."

In an effort to counter the "corrosive and risky" behavior encouraged by the mainstream media, the educational programs discourage the use of common virus-control software such as avast! in addition to preventative software such as NoScript, asserting that such software only encourages more risky behavior, countering any protection which would possibly be gained. The funding cannot be used for any training which teaches safe browsing, a clause added after Representative Johnson argued that "even when kids think think they're safe, but they're only one google away from pornography and adware."

Representative Stevens drove the funding bill to a unanimous vote, rallying supporters with a thundering speech.
Over back in the so-called blue states they like to plug in all over the place and let their kids 'surf' whenever and wherever they like. And they're payin the price! Let's not let that be our kids. No. I won't let it happen. Every day when we sit down for dinner I give them some life lessons and I tell them "when you plug that Ethernet cable into a port, you don't know what network you're going to be on. The same goes for wireless. It's not any safer even if you think you're not touching anything. Remember, when you connect to a computer, you're connecting to every computer that computer has been connected to before." I'm raising a good family and we will raise a good state with this bill. I've said it once and I'll say it again: The only safe browsing is no browsing!

Several hundred supporters were present for the passage and signing of the bill, including many teenagers who added their signatures to a Vow of Internet Abstinence, a measure which is required for all students in computer security classes.

A followup bill is planned which would require that parents give consent for their children to purchase software.

* All credit goes to Stephen Colbert.


Edawan said...

"not sure if serious..."

bo-breaze said...

Wow if real my mind = blown. I do believe that parents play an important part in keeping children safe on teh net. IE if you dont want them to look at noody stuff research find a way to block it. However banning / abstaining from the internet is probably he most absured way to keep kids safe from experiencing the world.

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