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Mar. 27th, 2008 | 10:19 pm

Entirely unexpectedly, this seems relatively sane in approach, in that the main message is that kids are going to get on the internet and really, the only sensible thing is to make sure that they know the dangers, they know how to avoid them and their parents know what the hell is going on so that they can help. The idea of educating parents so that they can take responsibility, particularly, is a bit new.

There are certainly a few barking bits though, primarily the idea that all new computers should come with filtering software.
the creation of kitemarked filtering software that is installed on all new PCs sold for use in the home and which is given away with all new net contracts.
There is a certain amount of practical logic in having parental controls on consoles, as games can be given a built-in rating and consoles can be password-locked and aren't easily hacked. It's not a good solution overall, but it might at least work to some degree. Internet filters, though, are bollocks. Everyone knows that they're bollocks - they aren't that good at blocking porn and they block a load of sites which simply mention sex or drugs or are, you know, a bit dangerous. Is your child wondering if they're gay? Perhaps they want to look up drug information without it being some crap from Frank? Maybe they're taking an interest in politics and are looking beyond the usual sources. Maybe they just want to read BoingBoing. Nuh-uh!

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from: just_the_ash
date: Mar. 28th, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)

Or maybe they're sensibly reading up on $drug on Erowid before trying it, and reading somebody's experience report that notes that $drug + $drug1 + $drug2 + dehydration = BAD IDEA.

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from: anonymous
date: Mar. 28th, 2008 11:26 am (UTC)

There are new "filters" that allow you to watch anything you like but report every site visited to a nominated person on a weekly or monthly basis. This means that kids aren't censored in any way but they know that their parents will have a record of everything they have accessed. Seems fair enough.

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