(Original post by Dystopian91)
The truth is, it is the parents responsibility to protect and educate their children. To form a positive, trusting relationship with their children.
I agree entirely with this statement. However, a number of parents are ignorant of the dangers of the internet. Even many teenagers who think they're 'streetwise' when it comes to the internet have no clue, and many of them have been brought up using the internet from a young age. This leads to a further problem of parents thinking that their child knows more about the internet and being safe than they do, so they don't get involved as they believe that little Timmy is already more aware than they themselves could be.
Ignorance is no excuse though, they as a parent should be doing their utmost to read up on internet dangers and educate their child about them, and ideally prevent the child from encountering them in the first place.
That would be in an ideal world. Unfortunately, the world isn't ideal and poor parenting like you described continues to lead children into all sorts of danger on the internet, where those of us who are aware end up having to step in to protect their child. The button shouldn't have to be there, the parent should educate the child, and the parent should make themselves responsible for their child, but it is and they don't.
It is a huge social issue which has permeated itself through to the internet. I think the internet just reveals how poor some parents are. Until that issue is sorted, measures need to be taken online to protect these vulnerable children who through no fault of their own are left exposed to a myriad of dangers.
I used to moderate an online game with a number of younger players, I know first hand the frustration of seeing something happening which good parenting could have prevented.