Iceland thinks long and hard over extreme smut web ban law
IP-address blocking and filters proposed to cull violent vids
Iceland is mulling a new law banning access to violent internet porn following research into the effect of extreme grumble-flicks on kids.
The proposed rules, which were put forward by interior minister Ögmundur Jónasson, are being scrutinised by the country's parliament.
It is access to violent pornography - rather than common-or-garden X-rated vids - that could be blocked by the new law. The Minister's political advisor Halla Gunnarsdóttir promised a narrow definition of violent filth that would clearly separate it from more palatable sexually explicit material.
Justifying the ban, ministers cited a 2010 study by the Icelandic government which concluded that kids exposed to footage of extreme hardcore action and youngsters actually physically abused shared the same signs of trauma.
Strategies for implementing a porno block include forbidding connections to selected IP addresses, filtering web traffic by ISPs, and making it a crime to use an Icelandic credit card to buy porn from outlawed sites.
Iceland intends to conduct further research on the impact of pornography on society but admitted it was tough to assess the effects because it is difficult to find a control group: it was almost impossible to find large numbers of young men who had never watched porn. ®
Re: Parental Responsibility
"Why is it always parental responsibility rather than societal responsibility?"
Because they are not MY children. They are not HIS children. They are not SOCIETY'S children.
They are *YOUR* children. YOU brought them into this world, it is YOUR responsibility to bring them up properly, NOBODY ELSE'S!
Re: The interesting thing here is that, from everything I have read, the Icelanders..............
Actually the minister's party is the communist/feminist party in Iceland which alone should raise questions about the "study" conducted by that same minister's work group. This party has repeatedly discussed ideas about the "need" for internet censorship on various subjects ever since the party was founded in the late 1990s and this latest is hardly any surprise.
They've finally realised that hardly anyone in Iceland agrees with their ideas on internet censorship so they've taken to the classic "Think about the children" argument hoping to gain enough support through that. This is simply a "gateway law" that will allow the "violent porn" definition to be widened by a minister at any given time, probably dropping the "violent" part sooner rather than later.
Re: Parental Responsibility
That's right, I don't care about YOUR children or how you choose to mollycoddle them. I care about mine, and I teach them the difference between reality and fiction. I also don't let them wander around the Internet such that they are going to be viewing material that's going to cause them psychological harm. I let kids get a little desensitized to violence (play video games, watch tv shows, have events in the news explained to them frankly etc.) but within reason. My reason.
Yes, if your children are encountering violent, shock porn on the Internet it is you as a parent who is at fault. Nobody else. Who ever said that the Internet was for children, without any guidance? Do you also let your children wander around the rough, seedy parts of cities where they will be exposed to violent crime, the sex trade and drugs and then blame everyone else?