Call on UK/Irish Govt AND Internet Bosses to require child-protecting porn filters as default

Porn filters can make a big difference - Govt and business should work together for the protection of children!

 

Call on UK/Irish Govt AND Internet Bosses to require child-protecting porn filters as default

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Call on UK/Irish Govt AND Internet Bosses to require child-protecting porn filters as default

At the end of October, the British Government managed to prevent new EU legislation, which would have effectively ended porn filters, from becoming law in Britain.

We at CitizenGo, wholly applaud them for this and we hope you do, too.

First, as a matter of national sovereignty, they have stopped EU legislation from overruling the dictates of our own government and, second and most importantly, they have upheld internet filters which protect children from access to online pornography.

The damage that viewing pornography does to children is well known, not to mention the harm it does to adult viewers and those who are involved in this exploitative industry.

And so, it is important that we take practical steps to ensure that children are unable to view it.

And that's exactly what this petition asks. Specifically, it asks that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) - the companies which commercially provide internet services to the general public - be required to enable child-protecting porn filters as the standard default setting for internet browsing.

Unfortunately, this is not the case right now, and Ofcom (the UK's Communications Regulator) have recently reported that the majority of UK internet users are not taking advantage of the available opt-in filters designed to prevent child access to pornography, as well as some other kinds of obscene or offensive material.

Most of the UK’s internet providers have offered filtering software for parents concerned about what their children may be able to access online. But, most have not offered this by default, choosing instead to allow parents or other customers to "opt-in" (i.e., turn filters on), only if they want them.**

What does this mean in practice? It means that lower numbers of internet users are availing of these child-protecting filters than could be.

Have a good look at the following statistics, and especially the last sentence. Between 30% to 40% of Sky customers enable filters, compared with 14% for TalkTalk, 12% for Virgin Media and just 6% for BT. AND, please note: Sky is the only ISP which has filters by default.

The pornography industry is deeply exploitative industry - it damages the individual and his/her relationships, and it damages society.

Pornography increases loneliness, reduces one’s ability to love, is addictive, and changes what people are attracted to (many porn users find that they are aroused by things that used to disgust them or go against what they think is morally right). It also negatively affects intimacy and sensitivity within a marriage and warps people’s idea of what a relationship should be.

Therefore, we have a common interest in seeing the elimination of porn from our society. But, until that day comes, this common-sense measure can help protect children (and adults!) from the destructive effects of the porn industry.

Please sign this urgent petition which will be sent both to the business leaders of BT, TalkTalk and Virgin Media, as well as to senior politicians in the UK (including the PM and the Attorney General) and Ireland.  

We are asking all of these parties to make porn filters a default for all internet customers, unless the customer expressly and explicitly consents to access to pornography.

Given what we know about the harmful effects of pornography, we should do all we can to make sure children are protected from it.

Thank you!

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Info Link about the harm of pornography: http://pornharmsresearch.com/

News Links: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35120937

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/eu-rules-uks-porn-filters-are-illegal-a6711756.html#gallery

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30896813

**All internet providers allow users to disable filters whenever they want.

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Best interest of children and society - Internet Providers should be required to "switch-on" porn filters as default

For the Attention Of:

  • Director of Socially Responsible Investor Engagement at BT (UK), Ms Joanna Gluzman,
  • Director of Investor Relations at Virgin Media (UK), Mr Richard Williams,
  • CEO of TalkTalk (UK), Ms Dido Harding,
  • Mr Prime Minister, Rt Hon David Cameron, MP
  • Attoney General (UK), Rt Hon Jeremy Wright, QC MP
  • Secretary for Media (UK), Rt Hon John Whittingdale MP
  • Minister of Communications (IE), Mr Alex White, TD
  • Minister of State (IE), Mr Joe McHugh,TD

Dear Internet Service Providers - BT, Virgin Media and TalkTalk,

Recent Ofcom reports show that pornography filters are largely ineffective. Sky automatically enables filters even if the original request is ignored, which might explain why 30-40% of its customers use these filters. Compare this to only 6% among BT customers, 12% among VirginMedia customers and 14% for TalkTalk customers.

NB: Sky is the only ISP which has filters by default.

We ask, therefore, that all internet providers put in strict pornography filters which are automatically "switched-on", and can only be removed by the explicit and express consent of the customer.

This is absolutely necessary to protect children from the harmful effects of pornography and to cease to propagate a fundamentally exploitative industry.

On one hand, young children have already been killed by people who have admitted to acting out their porn-fuelled fantasies.

And, on the other hand, limiting access to now easily-available porn will lessen the chances of a young person being, him/herself, caught up in that same addictive fantasy-world.

Children and adults who expose themselves to porn are inviting a destructive force into their lives. But, in the case of children, you, as Internet Providers bear some responsibility in protecting their innocence, morals and good state of mind - especially, now that you have the technical capacity to do so.

We would hate to see internet providers, like yours, brought to court in the future, due to lawsuits which implicate the porn industry - and suppliers of their "product", like you - in criminal activity or class-action mental health cases.

With all of these things in mind, we, the undersigned call on you, Internet Providers, to automatically "switch-on" porn filters, which can, then, only be removed by the explicit and express consent of the customer.

Of course, we would prefer that you did not provide any porn at all. But, until that day comes, we believe that this common-sense measure can help protect children (and adults!) from the destructive effects of the porn industry.

Thank you for your urgent consideration.

 

Dear UK and Irish Politicians,

Recently the EU voted-in legislation that will require all internet providers to treat online traffic without discrimination – effectively ending pornography filters recently established by the British Conservative Government.

I am extremely pleased to see that this UK Government have defended children and family interests by ensuring an opt-out from this dangerous EU legislation. I would ask that Mr White and Mr McHugh would work to the same end in Ireland, as well.

I further ask that your respective Governments require internet providers to have pornography blocked as standard, unless the user specifically request it.

In Britain, Ofcom have recently found that pornography filters are not widely used. This is harming our children.

The current system is semi-voluntary and is not doing enough to protect our children from the harmful effects of pornography. It is also not doing enough to prevent the propagation of a deeply exploitative and soul-destroying industry.

Again, internet providers should have pornographic content blocked as standard, and should only be made available at the express and explicit consent of the user.

Thank you for your urgent consideration.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

Call on UK/Irish Govt AND Internet Bosses to require child-protecting porn filters as default

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