Want to block porn? Actually look after your own kids

As I don't want to end up in trouble for posting an image of some pussy, here's a puppy instead

In these trying times, y’know, when an economy sucks ass and every little right-wing worm seems to be crawling out of the woodwork, it’s sometimes difficult to keep your cool. But I’ll try as I talk about porn on the internet.

Some right-wing Christians who are blatantly sickened by anything to do with sex, are trying to get internet pornography access in the UK completely blocked at source. With a mainly Conservative led government at the moment, it’s unsurprising that the likes of Ed Vaizey are listening to twits like Miranda Suit.

The ability that technology provides today for parents to block access to pornography on the family computer or a child’s own computer is far improved on what existed ten years ago. Seriously. You want to stop your kids getting at porn, you just need to set up things like Microsoft’s Family Security Centre and/or popular PC security software such as McAfee or Norton. So long as you don’t leave passwords laying around, and occasionally pay attention to what your kids are doing, there’s more than a slim chance that the kids will be alright.

If you’re now saying, “Oh, but what about mobile phones?” The simple answer to that is to be the one who sets up your child’s phone account and put restrictive PINs on content access rights. The virtual equivalent of putting the matches on a high, unreachable shelf. Or don’t buy them a phone with decent internet access.

Basically, if you want to ensure that children don’t have access to pornography: be a good parent and do some parenting rather than leaving electronics to raise your child. If you don’t even bother to take steps to ensure that your child is protected from such content, I do not see why the rest of the country needs to pay for your own idiotic laziness.

But blocking porn websites won’t do sweet f-all when you consider that the majority of pornography that makes it’s way into the hands of teens comes from access to P2P (Peer to Peer) software. Again, this is where bothering to set up restrictions on the family computer is the way to go.

And if your child is capable of circumventing everything that you set up on your PC, without even stealing your passwords, quite frankly: your child looking at porn is the least of your problems.

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4 thoughts on “Want to block porn? Actually look after your own kids

  1. SO WELL SAID. SO WELL IN FACT, I’VE CAPS LOCKED IT. I got caught looking at adult material when I was 15, got a really stern telling off (wish I knew how to delete cookies then), and was banned from the internet for a month.

  2. Not that I’m the kind of person who watches porn, I do feel that the public shouldn’t be mollycoddled on this and that it’s the responsibility of parents to protect their own kids. The software you can use to block porn sites on home computers has definitely reached a stage whereby sites can be adequately blocked.

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