Protecting children from online pornography should start with parents taking measures, suggests our site columnist Hugh Rogers
I see that Harriet Harman, deputy leader of the Labour party, wants the Government to take action to protect children from online pornography. "Upstairs the children are watching online porn whilst downstairs the parents are watching Downton Abbey" she declares. Leaving aside the relative virtues (or lack of them) of either online porn or Downton Abbey, what exactly does Ms Harman propose that the Government should do ? So called "opt-in" rules would be circumvented by kids in a few seconds.
Could I suggest that instead of spinelessly waiting around for the Government to "do something", parents should instead take their own corrective measures, such as supervising their children's use of computers at relevant times of day and not giving them internet-enabled phones for Christmas ? So what if the kids don't like your new tough regime - it's for their own good. Isn't that what parenting is all about ? I know that like all Socialists, Ms Harman believes that the Whitehall nanny knows best, but parents should not be encouraged to shuffle off their responsibilities on to someone else. Especially if all they want to do instead is watch Downton Abbey.
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