FREEDOM – Ministers veto automatic porn blocking. About time parents took responsibility.

internettv_parental_controlsChild safety campaigners have criticised UK ministers for rejecting plans to enforce and automatic block on access to internet porn.

35 per cent of parents who responded to the Governments consultation said they were in favour of a total automatic block. However, ministers suggest that ISPs encourage parents to implement filters and software already provided by most ISPs.

The question we would ask is what happened to parental responsibility?

The fact is that porn does not just appear from nowhere. It has to be searched for, and accessed.

There are plenty of ways parents can control the content their children access via their computers. Most ISPs provide very easy to use FREE software which can securely prevent access, not only to porn, but to any content that parents may deem inappropriate for their children.

Children are not only vulnerable to porn. What about very graphic images and video of real world violence, such as war? What about accessing sites those parents may consider being against their religious, political, or moral beliefs?

There is no reason at all that children should be able to access inappropriate content. If they are, then it is a failure of the parents – plain and simple.

Perhaps there should be a ‘parent filter’ to protect children from inadequate, lazy, or ‘pass the buck’ attitudes to parenting.

It is time that parents be parents, and take measures to properly educate their children and not expect the government to implement ‘nanny’ censorship which affects everyone.

If we start going down the road of restricting content, what will be next? What would happen to accessing alternative news and opinions? What would happen to gaining knowledge of the wider world as it really is?

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