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The Internet has tremendous potential to aid in a child's development, but there is also undoubtedly a large amount of material on the Internet that could be harmful or otherwise inappropriate for young children. One attempt to protect children was the passage of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) in 2000, which requires schools and public libraries that wish to receive federal funding for computers and Internet access to establish Internet filters, blocking graphic images on any computer a child might be able to access; given limited funding, especially in poorer areas, many public libraries had no choice but to accept the restrictions imposed by CIPA. As a result, CIPA is arguably unconstitutional because it is an action taken by the federal government to limit the freedom of expression. Given its extent, ease of access, and potential for anonymity, the Internet represents a great forum for the promulgation of free speech, and material that is legal, no matter how unappealing some may find it, is protected by the First Amendment. CIPA is in direct contradiction to the guarantee of free speech and is not an acceptable solution to helping safeguard children's activity on the Internet.