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Is getting rid of online porn possible?

 
Marlon Abrahams discusses the eradication of online porn.
By Marlon Abrahams
Article originally in Parent24
British Prime Minister David Cameron has been vociferously hogging the headlines in recent weeks demanding that pornography be eradicated from the net, calling on search engines and other responsible parties to do all they can to protect our children from being exposed to online porn and possible engagements with sexual deviants online.
Every internet user in the country will be asked whether they want to have access to pornography, David Cameron will say, as he warns that hardcore images are “corroding childhood”, said the report in The Telegraph.

Blocking porn websites

Reality kicked in though when Jim Gamble, the former chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre (CEOP) attacked David Cameron’s new measures to tackle obscene websites. He called on the Government to instead provide more funding to policing and child protection teams and warned that the new plans will not be a "deterrent".

The Telegraph goes onto say that “The initiatives will also include new measures to stop children accidentally stumbling across explicit but legal pornographic images in public places, according to well-placed sources. The six biggest companies providing access to wireless internet in cafés and railway stations have all signed a deal to block legal pornography where children could view it. The roll-out of “family friendly Wi-Fi” is expected to begin from the end of August.”

Educating kids about pop-ups

I hope Cameron will succeed, but I fear Jim Gamble may be right. The reality is very scary and a truly sad reflection of the times we live in. If you think that either of these gentlemen are overreacting, I’d like to invite you to do a random image or web-search on something seemingly innocent. If your kid was working on an art project for example and you type “art” into your search engine, or even the words “cool photos”, or the word “sea”, or “tea”… it’s really can be very arbitrary, but for some inexplicable reason you could end up viewing images of naked people engaged in sex and even deviant sex.

How do I know this? That’s because it’s happened to me often. Hannah often uses my laptop to go online to research school projects and I’ve warned her on what to expect and to just ignore it. Obviously I’ve explained the whole porn industry to her and what it’s about. These images find their way through the safe search mode and there’s not a lot we can do to stop them.

My personal opinion is that the Net is too big a beast to regulate effectively. In addition deviant sexual practices will never, ever disappear entirely. All we can do is prepare our kids for what’s out there and counsel them about how to process it.

The one thing going for Cameron though is that his motives are in the right place and his efforts will indeed lead to a tightening up of internet security around porn. The only thing that puzzles me is why isn’t every country in the world, including our beloved SA, singing the same song? So while we wait for Zuma and co to get around to addressing this issue in our country, the onus is on us to make sure our kids know what’s out there and how to deal with it.

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