Legislation in UK to protect children from porn

Christianity Today Australia 2 April 2012
A Bill to stop children from accessing hardcore porn was introduced to Parliament this week. The legislation requires internet service providers and mobile phone operators to block pornography at the network level unless the customer is 18 or over and asks for the block to be removed through an opt-in mechanism. Baroness Howe of Idlicote, who introduced the Bill in the House of Lords, said the change would help parents to protect their children. She criticised the “reluctance” to block or limit access to adult content on the internet. “Historically, most internet content has escaped regulation,” she said.

… Some of the most popular internet pornography websites do not have age verification mechanisms in place. According to Psychologies Magazine, the single largest group of internet pornography consumers is children aged 12 to 17, while one in three 10-year-olds has seen pornography online. The same magazine said that four in every five teenagers aged 14 to 16 “regularly” accessed explicit photographs and movies on their home computers. A recent YouGov poll pointed to increasing ease of access to pornography, with two-thirds of children admitting that they had accessed explicit material on their handsets.
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