United Kingdom Will Impose Parental FiltersAdded: Thursday, June 16th, 2011
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Trying to keep the UK kids safe from online adult content, the British government, especially the Department for Education, has decided to carry out an independent review concerning the impact retailers and pop culture have on kids in sexual terms. In order to fight the child sexsualization, Internet service providers are demanded to help parents censor adult and age restricted material located online.
The review, titled “Letting Children Be Children” was written by the CEO of Mothers Union, who described a few proposals over the issue. Although it doesn’t directly recommend imposing an obligatory ISP filter for adult material on the Internet, the proposal is that this kind of regulation should be introduced if, after 18 months, progress is considered to be “insufficient”.
In order to ensure a consistent level of protection throughout all media, the online industry is supposed to help the Internet subscribers make an active choice over what kind of content they wish to let their kids access. Therefore, the online industry should be more decisive to implement efficient parental controls, even with the help of the government regulation, if voluntary action doesn’t prove effective.
Meanwhile, services providing age-restricted material, whether by law or company policy, should verify age accurately, and provide parents with the tools to block under-age access. However, the review acknowledges that current filters are not effective for nowadays kids. At the same time, other solutions may go as far as to block such legitimate material as TalkTalk’s Home Safe service.
The UK Prime Minister is planning to start a debate over this problem and has even invited a number of businesses and regulators into his residence for October, where they’ll be asked to outline any recorded progress.
Ofcom UK’s Group Director of Content pointed out that protection of kids is one of their most important statutory duties. This is the main reason why the outfit welcomed the review of this area. The group acknowledged the critical importance of parents’ views about what kids watch on TV these days, and promised to focus on exploring parents’ opinion about Ofcom’s enforcement of broadcasting standards in order to protect children.
In the United Kingdom, many broadband providers, as well as mobile operators, are offering Parental Controls already. Besides, 3rd-party solutions are also available.
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Thursday, June 16th, 2011
|posted by (2011-06-16 19:06:18)|
|We do not need the government to filter anything, it is the sole responsibility of parents. this is just another way to squeeze people. I monitor my kids, I have the right stuff set up that they cannot get into, and they have accounts that they can only access that is filtered by me. Anytime the government steps in under its for the children, it is a disguise for their real intentions that become clear when its to late.|
|posted by (2011-06-17 07:44:21)|
|it's pretty useless, cos there's always other sources of bad influences... and most parents don't have "full access" when it comes to educating their kids the traditional way - i.e. a simple spanking constitutes to violent act/child abuse. besides, the govment has been and is always doing the right things the wrong way, and worse still, they tend to overdo it.|
"...However, the review acknowledges that current filters are not effective for nowadays kids." ...Of course they aren't effective and they will never be. it's impossible to filter the ever-growing internet.. block one site and 2 more sites will be pop out of nowhere.
#2 tonymengala is right: it's the way kids are brought up that matters most, which is usually neglected by most parents here. i'm sure we've all seen/heard of some parents defending their child even though the child is clearly in the wrong, or some parents having their kids taken away by social services just over a simple spanking. And we have all seen kids these days having more guts than before in doing stuffs they wouldn't do if they were back in the old days.
|Content filtering is the job of parents..|
Look at all the tits and azz in MUSIC Videos RIAA/MPAA is putting out!!! Look at all the HATE and KILLING put out in MUSIC videos again by the RIAA/MPAA... Yea I know exactly where the filtering needs to be done..
I recently had a parent/friend complains to me that their daughter is using a chat room and looks like predators are hanging out there. They installed FILTERING software BUT she kept getting access.
I looked at their PC and this is what I found. They hadn't restricted user access - no separate user accounts. I fixed that and locked the PC down. The end of it? NOPE. Many kids today are NOT STUPID; just selfish..
I looked again and told them this is what I found. They were able to access the windows folder and open he cmd window. Then they were about to by pass the filter by using a DOS Chat client through the cmd window.
OKAY so now I locked that down and also blocked the IP going to this chat room.
So far they have not gotten around it YET; BUT I'll be there..
|posted by (2011-06-18 22:48:32)|
|The problem is some parents are not capable of filtering and monitoring the content for their children just like menahunie says and others just don't give a shit what their kids have access to, whether it is internet, movies, games or music videos. Somebody has to try and protect these children if their parents will not, although i agree there is no way they can do it!!|
|In an ideal world we could protect YOUNG children, but it is really totally crazy and 'democracy' gone mad to restrict some things to over 18's when it is legal to marry (and of course have SEX) at 16, and where many older children in any case have sex regardless of the age of consent.|
But the main problem is the Internet being the internet, there are proxy servers and DNA servers located in many different countries, and most ISP filtering simply wouldn't work.
The only real safeguard is to WATCH OVER younger children while they are using the Internet. That is find the TIME to sit down WITH THEM as they use the internet.
|These days its impossible to stop children with access to the internet from using things like chat rooms, there are simply so many out there and so many ways round protections put in place to stop them, the best thing to do is teach children how to be safe when using these things other than trying to restricte them, stoping them using parts of the internet is NOT the answer||
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