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News - Users shun UK porn filters

Midnight_Caller
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News - Users shun UK porn filters

Hi All
Just seen this:
[quote="BBC"]
New broadband users shun UK porn filters, Ofcom finds
The vast majority of new broadband customers in the UK are opting out of "child friendly" filters when prompted to install them by service providers.
The industry watchdog Ofcom found fewer than one in seven households installed the feature, which is offered by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.
The filters block pornographic websites, as well as pages promoting self-harm or drug taking.
The default option was implemented at the behest of the UK government.
In July 2013, Prime Minister David Cameron announced the major UK internet service providers (ISPs) had agreed to offer "unavoidable choice" parental control filters, which block legal pornography and other adult subjects "by default".
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David Cameron you can shove your filter where the sun don't shine, the public don't want your porn filter.
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Re: News - Users shun UK porn filters

How can you have 'unavoidable choice'?  Undecided
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Re: News - Users shun UK porn filters

it would be interesting to know why those people refused the offer and how many of them have children and of those that do have children what other form of protection system they are using
for myself I wouldn't want such a filter in place if It didn't have the ability to be applied to different systems and not others on the home network, if it was a case of on or off I'd probably opt out given that early reports complained of various shopping outlets being blocked on the basis of them selling "dangerous or harmful items" which in my mind makes it a rather unsuitable tool for most people  to use
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Re: News - Users shun UK porn filters

I for one refused to use the filter when I was with TalkTalk, in favour for netnanny , which we have used for several years
Plus they have an Android version
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Re: News - Users shun UK porn filters

We gave our kids "The Talk" when they were 6 and 7 respectively and made it plain that if they wanted to discuss any sex stuff they should not be too embarrassed to ask. On the Internet I suggested they should avoid Porn, but told them they had to respect themselves and make their own decisions. I also told them I wouldn't monitor their usage even though I could. Needless to say I did check occasionally, but never told them I'd probed their usage, Sure enough they were curious, but it never got out of hand.
They're both happily partnered, morale adults and producing grandchildren.
The present government approach is far too big brother for my liking. Parents should deal with this issue.
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Re: News - Users shun UK porn filters

Are people really shunning the porn filters?
For instance, I have no need for one. There's only me and SWMBO. No kids use or have access to our kit.
So, we have no need for the filters!
It would be interesting to see how many peeps are in the same situation.
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Re: News - Users shun UK porn filters

well it would help if the press did some accurate reporting.  Then it would explain more why such a low acceptance rate.
the filters are not just porn, they cover gambling, some political sites, as well as other deemed unsavoury sites.  But not just linked to porn.
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Re: News - Users shun UK porn filters

What's a porn filter Lips are sealed
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Re: News - Users shun UK porn filters

Quote from: Strat
What's a porn filter

Something that filters out all the uninteresting stuff just to leave you nothing but pure unadulterated porn. Cheesy
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Re: News - Users shun UK porn filters

With just me and SWMBO we have no need for filters.
I do believe it's up to parents to monitor their child's use of the internet.
I have a daughter who's now 19 but lived with her mother from the age of 9 when the marriage broke down who allowed her unfettered access to the internet much to my consternation. We we met up I had various talks with her about the good, the bad and the downright ugly but there was little else I could do as any words with her mother fell on deaf ears.
If SWMBO and I are blessed with children of our own I certainly wouldn't rely on any government approved scheme or even that of an ISP. I would take my own steps to ensure my children stayed as safe as possible on and off line.

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Re: News - Users shun UK porn filters

personally I prefer to use my own options and that works to a degree although its not perfect, but for people who either don't know or just don't care enough to figure it out the isp based system would at least offer some level of protection for kids
I remember years ago when home use of the internet was still in  its infancy and my daughter aged 3 having just watched bambi on video wanting to check out the website, she typed in bambi to the search engine and clicked the bambi.com link, luckily she was young enough that she couldn't read all those words and the internet was so slow the page added lines of text before the pictures so I was able to alt+q the browser before the website loaded up fully, that near miss was enough for me to start whitelisting stuff for her to look at and that's something I have been doing ever since more recently with the aid of online tools based around individual logins and its been working great for us, but I also know a lot of people who have no clue about that sort of thing and don't take any steps to educate themselves or protect there kids......
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