With Britain set to ban porn in public, we ask: Is the Government taking control of too much of our lives?

The latest news is that David Cameron wants to restrict website access on public Wifi Hotspots, this is a move to ‘ensure’ that children don’t get access to porn while out in public.

As a parent, this sounds like a good idea, no parent wants their child to be looking at porn however the question has to be asked, ‘Who’s responsibility is it to ensure the safety of our children?’ The best answer of course is that the responsibility lies firmly in the hands of the parents, but if the Government is going to take that responsibility away where will it end?

If public Wifi is restricted by the Government in this way will it drive the kids to seek it out? We all know how rebellious teenagers can be, they will find a way to get round it, let’s face it, most kids are more techno savvy than their parents!

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Should the Government take control of oour kids?

Should it become the responsibility of schools to educate our children to not access porn until they are old enough? Again, this could have the opposite effect.

I work in the industry and I have kids. I therefore take steps to ensure that they don’t see any of the material I am working with, I restrict when I work and make sure I get anything XXX done while they are at school. If this ban comes into force it could mean that I am unable to work when I am out and about. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t view anything XXX whilst I am out, but it could restrict my access to other sites which aren’t XXX. There has also been a revolution in the way Google operates it’s search engines to minimise the ‘accidental’ opening of an adult site. I remember helping one of my kids with their homework about Rabbits, I typed this into the search box and the first thing to pop up was a Rampant Rabbit! That doesn’t happen today (I tried it!) as most webmasters are concious of people stumbling upon content which they don’t want to see. These days if you want to find porn on the internet then you have to be more specific in which search term you use.

Although the internet is a great place, it has to be used wisely. Policing it is all well and good, but education is the key. We need to have enough faith in our kids to trust them to make the right decisions but keep a quiet eye on them just in case.

It comes down to education. I am not talking about schools teaching our kids not to watch porn, but about parents teaching our kids that a sexual relationship is normal between consenting adults, that some people have different ideas of what normal is, women or men should not be viewed as objects to be used, basically teach them about respect for others.

Taking away too many responsibilities from parents contributed to the August riots of two years ago in my opinion, parents have been stripped of the ability to discipline their children. Children have the right to be protected but the parent must also have the right to teach their children right from wrong and that there are consequences for their wrong actions.

We need to put an end to the ‘nanny state’ or stop blaming the parents when things go wrong.

I am in no way saying that kids having access to porn outside of the home is good thing, of course it isn’t but neither is it the responsibility of the Government to deal with it. If they feel the need to do something drastic, stop parents giving their children the means by which to access it. I see so many kids with the latest iPhone or Blackberry constantly in their hands, the art of conversation has died, life revolves around the mobile phone and this is neither healthy or safe.

There is no  right answer here, just opinions, but there is food for thought. If parents didn’t give the phones to their kids then the kids don’t have the means to access porn in public. Problem solved?

 

By Emma Pollard.

 

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