DAVID CAMERON: WE WILL BLOCK ONLINE PORNOGRAPHY FOR CHILDREN – In a recent article I wrote, ‘UK Minister Decline to Block Online Porn to Children‘ I discussed the issue of how our children are being corrupted by the huge amount of pornographic material available to them, through the internet, with no visible signs of controlling access.
At the time of the article the Department of Education clearly stated that it would not intervene and force the Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) to block access unless an adult of consenting age requested the block was lifted.
Today, 20th December 2012, David Cameron, the British Prime Minister made a statement that he would take measure to get all ISP’s onboard and initiate a system that would automatically block any pornographic material from being displayed. The situation, as the Daily Mail, like to put it, is another victory for the Mail after it initiated a campaign to change the government’s initial decision.
The Daily Mail did indeed run a campaign and I, along with many other people voted ‘YES’ for a block. The end result was that over 70% responding favoured a block and due to this campaign and others, the Prime Minister has vowed that a block will be made available in the very near future.
To me, the fact that so many children have visited the darkest corners of the internet is not just a matter of concern – it is utterly appalling. A silent attack on innocence is underway in our country today and I am determined that we fight it with all we’ve got. David Cameron, Prime Minister
For me personally this is a great step forward and clearly shows that David Cameron, for once at least, has his finger on the pulse of the nation. While I certainly do not agree with everything the Daily Mail campaigns for, this is one instance where their victory should be celebrated, although while the Daily Mail does like to beat its own drum, it should acknowledge that this campaign was won through all the other organisations appealing to David Cameron’s sense of morality, including the NSPPC and the Mother’s Union. No, I’m not going to beat my drum and say Meebal.com had a part in the decision, regardless of how many people read the initial article – however, every bit does help.
So what is proposed and how is this going to be implemented? For starters the Prime Minister has appointed MP Claire Perry who is a staunch supporter of controlling pornography to children on the internet. Claire will be responsible to getting the ISP’s to comply and it is suggested that all household with children will have an automatic block in the very near future. The proposal is that ISP’s will automatically block adult content but an adult may request, through a series of online checks, request that the block be removed.
It is nice to see that every now and again the democratic voice of the people is actually heard and that large company profits, in this case from the ISP’s, is not put before the safety of our children. We are all aware that little morality lives within the halls of Whitehall and considering the Department of Education’s recent response, that it would not impose such a system on the ISP’s, this lack of morality is crystal clear. Again the voice of the people has spoken and while the ISP’s might not be enthralled with the idea of blocking pornography, it will have to comply to government requests in order to stave off legislative restrictions which could be far worse for their profit margins in the long term.
I’m feeling pretty good today. It’s not often that our government caves in to common sense, but recently David Cameron appears to be pulling his head out of his backside and actually listening to people and what they want – a good example of this is the recent decision to finally hold a Referendum on pulling out of the European Union.
The ultimate truth is, regarding any policy decisions the government may or may not implement, is not down to them but down to the democratic voice of the people. Remember if you want to effect change then you must voice your opinion for that change.