- If you turned the internet off tomorrow you wouldn't stop kids getting hold of digital porn
- General content filtering is impractical and imperfect. It doesn't even stop all accidental or incidental exposure and it certainly doesn't stop a motivated person or child getting to what they want with minimum technical knowledge.
- Content filters over-block and prevent access to clean, lawful content and this impacts legitimate businesses
- Even if content filters got much better, there is no one-size fits all. If you have children aged 7, 11 and 15 there is clearly content OK for a 15-year-old you wouldn't want your 7-year-old watching. So what level of content filtering do you want enabled by default on all connections?
The above is the simple technical position as I, an accomplished software engineer responsible for some of the communications technology on the street today, know it to be. And I don't see much changing soon.
If you are a parent you are responsible for:
- What internet-enabled devices you give your children and where you allow them to use them
- What level of content filtering you choose to set up. I'm not against ISPs, hardware and software companies offering a range of filtering options, but it's up to you as a parent to decide what is appropriate for your child to access.
- Getting clued-up yourself.
Well stop moaning that someone else should be responsible for your child's online habits.
The campaign by the Daily Mail and Labour is DANGEROUS. It encourages the notion that it's OK for parents to abdicate responsibility for their child's online activities. The online dangers go beyond pornography and the primary responsibility rests with us, the parents (yes I am one).