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. Continue reading
This week has seen Campfire Burning decide to take a meander down the closet of humanity’s sexual perversions. He doesn’t get very far, it is scarier than Narnia after all, but he does manage to raise some really good points. Now if only more people realised that there isn’t such a thing as “normal” then maybe, just maybe, the world would be a happier place.
The Internet is for porn.
Hi, this blog post was originally written before the Amazon Kindle even had apps or the Kindle Fire existed. As such, a lot of the information is out of date. This blog post is almost two years old at the time of this update.
One of the search terms that tends to get people near my blog is “how do i block porn on kindle” or something like that. Due to the fact that the Kindles that currently exist have no parental control settings whatsoever, this is not something that is easily answered. And what I’m talking about here is more how to stop kids looking at and/or buying “obscene” items on the Kindle store.
A quick trawl through Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk’s forums will find some suggestions, such as the ones found here. Your choices are to deregister the Kindle once you’ve got some books on it that your kid wants to read, or to delete all 1-Click payment details for the account associated with that particular Kindle once you’ve bought some books for it. Obviously in order to buy more books you’d have to register the Kindle with the same account as before or re-associate 1-Click payment details.
Basically, there’s no easy option. I have to say that Amazon could really do with installing some parental controls on the damn thing -_-
UPDATE: Having thought things over a little more, it would probably be best to deregister the Kindle, as that would stop anyone from e-mailing PDF versions of inappropriate material to the Kindle. However, it is still possible to basically copy over compatible files from a computer to a Kindle using a USB connection, so my final advice is: do your job as a parent and keep an eye on what your children (under 16) are reading.
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.