Monday, 20 December 2010

Porn, keep out! Parents to be allowed to block computers from receiving sexual imagery


Adults will have to ‘opt in’ to view the material
Parents will be able to block all internet pornography unless they specifically request access under a new government plan.

The scheme is aimed to ensure that young children are not exposed to sexual images when surfing the internet.

The plan is to allow parents to ‘opt out’ of the sites and they will then be blocked at the source, rather than using conventional parental controls.

Adults who wish to view the material would have to choose to ‘opt in’.

Parents will be able to ‘opt out’ of sites which will then be blocked at source

Following their decision, homeowners would then be able to choose what sites they receive in a cinema style guide, such as U for all ages, or 18 for adults.

The move comes as some of Britain’s biggest broadband providers prepare for talks with Communications Minister Ed Vaizey.

Representatives from TalkTalk, BT and Virgin Media are to meet Mr Vaizey to discuss how they can stop pornography being seen by youngsters.

The Communications Minister told the Sunday Times: ‘ This is a very serious matter. I think it is very important that the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) come up with solutions to protect children.

‘I am hoping they will get their acts together so we don’t have to legislate, but we are keeping an eye on the situation and we will have a new communications bill in the next couple of years.’

Serious matter: Communications

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