On June 19, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster set the tone for governors across the country to pledge an aggressive approach to protecting children from the dangers of the internet.
McMaster is the first governor to take the pledge which was modeled after the one used by the Enough is Enough non-profit during the 2016 presidential election in which Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both gave their support.
“Internet safety is one of our biggest concerns when it comes to protecting the health and well-being of our children,” McMaster said.
South Carolina native Donna Rice Hughes is the President and CEO of EIE.
“I am encouraged that South Carolina, my home state, will become the model state…to bring all the stakeholders together to unite against the scourges that are corroding childhood, destroying families and coarsening our culture,” she said.
Hughes is optimistic other governor’s across the state will join McMaster in his publicly stated commitment to become more aggressive in the fight to protect children from becoming internet victims.
“We must not let one more day pass at the expense of the innocence and dignity of our children without tackling the rampant exploitation and dangers children face on the internet head on,” she said.
As the initial gubernatorial signer of the EIE pledge, McMaster promised aggressive enforcement of existing state laws to prevent the sexual exploitation of children online, advancement of public policies that prevent sexual exploitation as well as “serious consideration” to increased research on public health impacts of pornography in addition to the relationship between pornography, sex trafficking and internet crimes against children.
“This pledge shows that Team South Carolina is committed to redoubling our efforts to protect our young people and vulnerable adults,” McMaster said.
For more information about Enough is Enough, visit www.enough.org.