Balancing freedom for adults with safety for children

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What happens when protection for kids unreasonably restricts freedoms for adults? For example, when Internet filtering software interferes with adults -- as well as non-adult -- access to information about sex? A while back I blogged about how my blog was blocked as inappropriate by the filtering software used by the New York State Thruway Service Plazas. In that case I don't even see how children are being protected, but surely the harm they could be exposed to is minimal compared to the limitations on the freedom of adults who want to do their work, entertain themselves or get information.