Recently I wrote an article about porn censorship being introduced into British public wi-fi access points, in an effort to prevent kids from watching the porn that they can literally watch anywhere in the world at anytime using their smartphones.
Porn filters have been implemented in home internet packages in Britain since 2013, all part of Prime Minister David Cameron’s attempts to ‘protect children’ or something like that. When Cameron implemented the porn censorship reform, he was met with a whole pile of criticisms and protests – people were concerned that this was another step towards the full censorship and government takeover of the internet.
Though most internet subscriptions seem to come with these filters built-in, you do have the ability to opt out of any censorship measures, and the Brits seem to be opting out – in droves!
The numbers back up the claim that people don’t want to filter their own internet connection:
“Of the top companies running the scheme, TalkTalk has the most users making most of [the porn filter] at 36 percent. However, a paltry four percent of Virgin Media customers are switching off the porn, followed by five percent of BT customers and eight percent of Sky customers.”
Is this shocking? Is this surprising? Almost everyone who can readily access the internet uses it to watch porn at one point or another. Even if you only watch the stuff once in a blue moon, do you really want to disable your ability to check it out entirely? I totally understand not wanting to expose kids to pornography, but here’s the simple, honest truth. No matter how difficult you make it for kids to do something, if they want to, they’ll find a way.
Haven’t you ever heard of reverse psychology, you dumbos? If you tell them they absolutely CANNOT look at porn, what’s the first thing they’re going to try and do when they have a chance? How about getting over yourselves instead and spending some time talking to your kids about the pros and cons of pornography, how it relates to actual human sexuality, and how to safely browse the internet?
Porn censorship ain’t the answer, you old geezers.
Just a thought.