Cameron’s porn filter doesn’t solve the real problem – a lack of parenting

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

Back in December 2010, I first posted about Cameron’s loony idea to automatically block porn unless you opted out. In the past week, the plans have come back to the forefront and I still believe that it’s a really stupid idea.

Of course back in 2010, it was Ed Vaizey that was harping on about it, but now Cameron has taken up the cause in order to appease the “conservative” ninnies of the UK. But guess what’s happened since 2010?

The software from then, which was already pretty damn good at blocking porn on home PCs, has gotten even better at blocking porn. Why the hell do we need to censor the internet? The answer is: we don’t (except for that highly illegal porn, but that’s another issue and one for law enforcement agencies).

If parents are either too lazy or too unintelligent to figure out how to put family safety software on a PC and configure it or can’t find someone else to do it for them, then they should make sure that their kids don’t use a PC unattended. Apart from having the added benefit of ensuring that kids don’t strike up online relationships with paedophiles or get involved in bullying classmates online, you’ll definitely know that they’re not accessing porn.

And if you’re too busy or lazy to monitor your kids’ computer usage – the don’t let them use a computer at home or disconnect it from the internet (i.e. turn off the router and hide it or change the password). And if this means that your kids can’t do homework or whatever, then persuade the older ones to do it at school/college, with the very draconian safety software that most education establishments use. If it’s younger kids, maybe take them to the local library or something…

But all of the above and pretty much any rational solution to this problem needs parents to bother to do one thing: actually parent their children.

Same as you would watch young kids as they play outside or equip your kids with the knowledge of how to cross roads safely: internet safety is the responsibility of parents and not the state.

As Charles Arthur recently wrote for the Comment is Free segment of the Guardian:

So what is the problem with internet pornography? It’s that too many parents (and by proxy MPs) think the solution is to regulate the internet, when the answer is to regulate the children – or better still the parents.

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One thought on “Cameron’s porn filter doesn’t solve the real problem – a lack of parenting

  1. Sad, some people look for almost any excuse to censor something, and like you said there is already plenty of free & paid filters for people to use if they want to (software filters, DNS filters, et cetera); it should not be forced, and even if some of the kids/people still around the filters to some normal porn, normal porn is not going to magically turn all or even most kids/people into monsters/alien monkeys/whatever, so I do not see the big problem but I seem to be different from many members of my species these days. 😀

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