U.S. schoolchildren soon will have access to the first-ever internet domain designed specifically for kids. The initiative is yet one more attempt by Congress to shield children from accessing inappropriate material online—but observers caution that it's not a panacea and will only be as effective as the adults who are in charge.

President Bush on Dec. 4 signed the Dot-Kids Implementation and Efficiency Act of 2002, which promises to carve out some child-friendly territory within America's .us web domain, called .kids.us. Congress had approved the bill Nov. 15.


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