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UK's controversial 'porn blocker' plan dropped

VileReynard
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UK's controversial 'porn blocker' plan dropped

The government has dropped a plan to use strict age verification checks to stop under-18s viewing porn online.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-50073102

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Re: UK's controversial 'porn blocker' plan dropped

And rightly so, it should be the parents' responsibility to block access to such sites via the many means they have available to them (routers with built-in content filters for example),it's not exactly hard to do with most ISP-branded routers...

 

After all, for the majority of parents, it was them who decided to perform the act of "bedroom wrestling" that resulted in their children, so they should be responsible for what they willingly created...

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Re: UK's controversial 'porn blocker' plan dropped

Plenty of foreign sites available or just use a VPN to look like you are in a foreign country.

In any case, asking people to leave their identity details with a porn site is an obvious non-starter!

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@twocvbloke wrote:

And rightly so, it should be the parents' responsibility to block access to such sites via the many means they have available to them


 

Yay !.... and my parents are dead....  so I don`t have to worry about them peering round the door, or over my shoulder !   Hooray ! ! ...


 

 

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You're also not under 18, soooooooo, yeah... :crazy2:

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@twocvbloke 

Bed wrestling?

Nothing so perverse, getting handcuffed to the headboard stopped all that sort of malarkey! 

As for stopping those under-18s,  well short of banning mobiles and tablets, best of luck with that... and at 18 for heaven's sake with all the rest we as a society allow and expect of them?

No taxation without titillation. :smiley:

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@Minivanman wrote:

 

As for stopping those under-18s,  well short of banning mobiles and tablets, best of luck with that... and at 18 for heaven's sake with all the rest we as a society allow and expect of them?

 

Well, most mobile providers have account options to block adult content, and if the parent is paying the phone or tablet bill, then once again it boils down to their responsibility...

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Indeed, but to set it at 18 seems rather high and even kids much much younger are cleverer than we think. 

No phone, no tablet... no porn?

Just saying. :smiley:

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@Minivanman wrote:

Indeed, but to set it at 18 seems rather high


 

Well, 18 is just going along with other things like alcohol, smoking, gambling, credit & loans, voting, etc., as once you turn 18, you're officially and legally an adult, ignoring the fact age of consent is still at 16, or that driving for most is 17...

 

But there's so many aspects to the whole argument about young 'uns and what they can and cannot do, even though the majority still do them regardless, but at the end of the day, it is down to parents to steer their offspring in the right direction, whether or not they agree with the laws...

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@twocvbloke 

Fair points. :thumbsup:

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@twocvbloke wrote:


 

Well, 18 is just going along with other things like alcohol, smoking, gambling, credit & loans, voting, etc., as once you turn 18, you're officially and legally an adult, ignoring the fact age of consent is still at 16, or that driving for most is 17...

 


So, sex legal at 16, but drunk sex not legal until 18.

Using the same logic, driving a car (after passing test) legal at 17, but drunk driving not legal until 18 - hang on, I seem to have my wires crossed.  :grin:

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Re: UK's controversial 'porn blocker' plan dropped

The sale of alcohol is restricted to 18, though there is a "Challenge 25" where if a retailer thinks you're under 25 they'll ask for ID (I miss those days!) to be sure they're over 18, and of course anyone under 18 is a no-sale, doesn't stop 'em acquiring it somehow though... :buck2:

 

One fun fact about the AoC & being under 18 is that the law states that so-called "sexting" is still illegal, so even if a 16 year old couple are perfectly legal to be mating, sending each other such messages is actually not allowed, as it's classed as pornography, which of course you have to be over 18 to make and view... :crazy2:

 

There are people who believe that raising the AoC to 18 would "solve" this, just as underage smoking, drinking, driving, etc., have been solved too... :2funny:

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@twocvbloke wrote:

You're also not under 18, soooooooo, yeah... :crazy2:


@twocvbloke  You can never know with our government. The drafter of the legislation might have been dyslexic or got the figures upside down.You'll be alright, though, once you're 81. :2funny:

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Re: UK's controversial 'porn blocker' plan dropped

Who decides what the difference is between texting and sexting?

 

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Re: UK's controversial 'porn blocker' plan dropped

Legally speaking, the police probably, given sexting involves sending intimate images back & forth alongside sexual talk, and if the parents catch it and are ones who actually give a rat's posterior about their child's well-being, they ought to report it, which most probably won't because they're too lazy...