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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/07...on_smut_sites/

Why do British parents find it so hard to actually do any parenting? If the rest of the country has to look after your kids for you, maybe you shouldn't be having kids.
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it is hard to control web browsing, every device has a "default" browser that you can't remove or force controls on. So it's either give your children a web browser, or don't give your children a web browser (i.e. no computers, phones, tablets etc.)
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(Original post by shawn_o1)
it is hard to control web browsing, every device has a "default" browser that you can't remove or force controls on. So it's either give your children a web browser, or don't give your children a web browser (i.e. no computers, phones, tablets etc.)
It's perfectly easy on the computer.

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(Original post by shawn_o1)
it is hard to control web browsing, every device has a "default" browser that you can't remove or force controls on. So it's either give your children a web browser, or don't give your children a web browser (i.e. no computers, phones, tablets etc.)
If only ISPs had the option to restrict adult sites on certain devices :moon:
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If only ISPs had the option to restrict adult sites on certain devices :moon:
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But of course it's an opt out system instead of opt in, so parents need to do even less parenting.

I don't understand why sites need to check for age when we've already had porn censored anyway.
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But of course it's an opt out system instead of opt in, so parents need to do even less parenting.

I don't understand why sites need to check for age when we've already had porn censored anyway.
I agree and it's not as if a quick age verification process is going to deter a horny 15 year old :lol:
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But of course it's an opt out system instead of opt in, so parents need to do even less parenting.

I don't understand why sites need to check for age when we've already had porn censored anyway.
Basically because kids run rings around parents unless they're computer scientists. Hell, even with my dad being a programmer I've been getting past his blocks since I was like 14.

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I agree and it's not as if a quick age verification process is going to deter a horny 15 year old :lol:
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Pointless. They can only enforce this on UK based websites and more or less all of the big porn sites are based outside the UK. Call me cynical, but this seems like just another example of government appearing to be doing something without actually doing anything meaningful at all.
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Pointless. They can only enforce this on UK based websites and more or less all of the big porn sites are based outside the UK. Call me cynical, but this seems like just another example of government appearing to be doing something without actually doing anything meaningful at all.
The words Parental Controls are the only ones that have any effect, but there are ways past and there always will be

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(Original post by JordanL_)
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/07...on_smut_sites/

Why do British parents find it so hard to actually do any parenting? If the rest of the country has to look after your kids for you, maybe you shouldn't be having kids.
What 12 year old boy (or girl) would go onto a porn site, declare that they are only 12, and then simply close the browser and do what they are told by PornHub admins? If a young person finds their way onto a porn site, they obviousky didn't there by accident, and so an age verification is one of the most pointless exercises in social justice to date.

Sadly, the older generations seem to think watching pornography will turn young people into sex monsters with both no respect for women and an unrealistic interpretation of what sex is like. Well, I started watching porn when I was 13 and when I lost my virginity at 17 I wasn't disappointed, even though it lasted five minutes and we didn't move out if one position.

It is wholly the parents' responsiblity to take care of their kids and this, much like the Snooper's Charter, is a complete waste of time.
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it will be like the verification on woodrocket
just search for it and tell me how long it took you to pass it
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Age verification?

A.K.A asking a person's date of birth and hoping they tell the truth.
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it will be like the verification on woodrocket
just search for it and tell me how long it took you to pass it
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Age verification?

A.K.A asking a person's date of birth and hoping they tell the truth.
More like asking for their credit card details. I haven't verified it myself but I was reading in a thread about it on Reddit that UK porn sites are already required to verify age and have been prosecuted for having lax verification, like asking users to input their date of birth, and now have processes like requiring card details. Ludicrous and completely impractical, but it's never stopped these puritanical cavemen before.
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More like asking for their credit card details. I haven't verified it myself but I was reading in a thread about it on Reddit that UK porn sites are already required to verify age and have been prosecuted for having lax verification, like asking users to input their date of birth, and now have processes like requiring card details. Ludicrous and completely impractical, but it's never stopped these puritanical cavemen before.
It's like a ISP's blocking pirate movie sites, the minute one goes down another pops up and everyone just uses a proxy or vpn anyway.
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It's like a ISP's blocking pirate movie sites, the minute one goes down another pops up and everyone just uses a proxy or vpn anyway.
I honestly wouldn't be surprised if it became illegal to circumvent government internet restrictions.

Speaking of piracy, it's now a criminal offence with a maximum prison sentence of 10 years.
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Sadly, the older generations seem to think watching pornography will turn young people into sex monsters with both no respect for women and an unrealistic interpretation of what sex is like.
Personally I don't think it's the older generation who hold these view - they're just more knee-jerk prudish about sex. From my experience, people who prompt the misogyny and unrealistic expectations about sex arguments don't actually oppose porn as such, the latter just think we need better sex ed, and the former think porn needs to change to be less sexist.

Indeed, even most anti-porn radical feminists rarely opposed that the idea that you should be able to watch other people having sex on video and get aroused by it - they simply believed that in a male-dominated society, porn as a mass product would overwhelmingly reflect men's rather than women's desires and interests. Even the archetypal radical anti-porn feminist, Andrea Dworkin, opposed and condemned her anti-porn work being used by social conservatives to justify bans on porn.
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I honestly wouldn't be surprised if it became illegal to circumvent government internet restrictions.

Speaking of piracy, it's now a criminal offence with a maximum prison sentence of 10 years.
The thing is they can make anything and everything illegal but they don't have the resources to police them properly so it's irrelevant. They don't always lock people up for looking at child porn so it'll never happen for the above, apart from the odd case for the symbolism.
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The thing is they can make anything and everything illegal but they don't have the resources to police them properly so it's irrelevant. They don't always lock people up for looking at child porn so it'll never happen for the above, apart from the odd case for the symbolism.
They'll still try to police it, meaning less resources to prevent crime that's actually worth preventing, and billions of pounds wasted when we're already going through austerity.

Only locking up a few people for "symbolism" doesn't make it okay. It could be you or me that spends 10 years in prison for pirating a film, just as an example to deter other people (which doesn't actually work).

If a law isn't going to be enforced, it shouldn't exist. This law shouldn't exist anyway.
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