Smut oglers told to opt in to keep web filth flowing
Cameron brandishes tool at ISPs to keep Britain clean
Grubby smut gazers will be forced to "opt in" to view porn under government-backed restrictions to be imposed on ISPs.
PM David Cameron will propose a raft of measures today at a Downing Street meeting with Christian charity group Mothers' Union. The restrictions are designed to protect children from sexualised content.
A website, ParentPort, has been set up to feed through parents' concerns about TV programmes, adverts, products or services directly to the watchdogs overseeing each specific format.
UK media regulators accessible from the site include the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA), BBC Trust, Press Complaints Commission, Ofcom, British Board of Film Classification, Video Standards Council and Pan European Game Information.
Back in the summer, Cameron took a pop at ISPs, warning them that the government would step in to regulate sexualised content on the web if they did not provide tools to censor adult content online.
This followed a report by Mothers' Union CEO Reg Bailey, which called on British businesses to curb all marketing aimed at kids through a range of media outlets including the web.
ISPs involved include BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin.
Any customers not signing up to access porn online better revert back to the old-school method of collecting mags or, even better, trying to forge a meaningful relationship. ®
Ah yes, Christians. Always obeying the 11th commandment: thou shalt interfere with what others do in the privacy of their own homes. For the good of the children of course.
I have a proposal. How about ISPs block all access to Christian material to kids younger than 16, on the grounds that it's obviously detrimental to their mental development. Seems like the kind of thing the Mother's Union can get behind.
If you are a parent:
1) Install your own firewall/filter and configure it yourself; and
2) Monitor/be-with your child when they use the Internet
If, as a parent, you are not capable of the above, I have one question: Why the bloody hell are you letting your child use a system you do not understand? It's not hard, go to a night class, speak to friends, hire someone to teach you.
Do you want the state to filter the "News at Ten" in case wee Johnny gets upset at the dead bodies? Here's a clue:
1) It's the news; and
2) Wee Johnny should be in his bloody bed!
Seriously. These filters are blunt tools. They will end up blocking sexual health, family planning and "controversial" pages. We need state-sponsored censorship like we need a hold in the head.
YOUR child - YOUR responsibility and if you can't deal with that, don't procreate. It is that simple.
What happened to parents taking responsibility for what their children are doing? Have we become so lazy we can't be bothered to look over our kids' shoulder now and again checking they are doing what they should be. If you can't manage your families online browsing you shouldn't be online.