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Seven in ten Sky internet users block out porn: Now rival providers face pressure to follow suit

  • Company announced an automatic block on harmful sites six months ago
  • Users must opt out of default family-friendly filter to access adult material
  • Seven in ten homes that were forced to choose have kept the filters
  • This will heap pressure on rivals BT, TalkTalk and Virgin to follow suit

The Daily Mail 13/7/2015
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Sam and I will have porn filters at home to protect children: PM says husbands and wives will need to have conversation about whether or not to block adult content

David Cameron and wife Samantha have agreed to switch on family-friendly internet filters at their homes to protect their three children from online pornography. The Prime Minister insisted yesterday husbands and wives would have to have difficult conversations about whether or not they want to block adult content. At a Downing Street summit on protecting children online, internet firms confirmed that all 20 million households connected to the internet are to be asked whether they want filters installed.
The Daily Mail 19/11/2013
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Online pornography to be blocked by default, PM announces

Most households in the UK will have pornography blocked by their internet provider unless they choose to receive it, David Cameron has announced. In addition, the prime minister said possessing online pornography depicting rape would become illegal in England and Wales – in line with Scotland. Mr Cameron warned in a speech that access to online pornography was “corroding childhood”. The new measures will apply to both existing and new customers.
BBC News Online 22/7/2013
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Self-Regulation In Online Safety Is Failing Children: Copyright and commerce protected over children, says Peer

Ahead of Tuesday’s summit between the Government and leading web giants, Baroness Howe of Idlicote has responded to growing public concern about the easy availability of pornography and other inappropriate content to children online today. She warns that the Government’s quest for industry self-regulation is taking too long and that the delay is costing the nation’s children too much.

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Ahead of Tuesday’s summit between the Government and leading web giants, Baroness Howe of Idlicote has responded to growing public concern about the easy availability of pornography and other inappropriate content to children online today. She warns that the Government’s quest for industry self-regulation is taking too long and that the delay is costing the nation’s children too much. – See more at: http://www.care.org.uk/protecting-families-online/press-release-self-regulation-in-online-safety-is-failing-children#sthash.VKrcYEdF.dpuf

Baroness Howe introduces her new Online Safety Bill

The Bill provides for an opt-in filtering system for adult content which would protect children from accessing – accidentally or on purpose – adult content online. The internet service you are provided with would be free from adult content such as pornography and violence. However, an option would remain for those aged 18 and over to opt-in to receive such material subject to a brief age verification procedure.

Additionally, the Bill introduces robust educational provisions to address online behavioural challenges such as cyber-bullying which an opt-in system cannot tackle.

Click here to watch a short video featuring Baroness Howe outlining what her Bill seeks to achieve.

 

Writing for Central Lobby, crossbench peer Baroness Howe of Idlicote explains why she is introducing her Online Safety Bill which has had its First Reading in the House of Lords.

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DAVID CAMERON: Nothing matters more than keeping our children safe

Recently there has been a lot of debate about how we protect our children from damaging influences online: pornography, suicide websites, violent videos and so on.

Let me be clear right from the start: I am a father of three young children and I take this issue extremely seriously.

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.

Article by David Cameron on 20th December 2012

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A message from Claire Perry MP

The closing date for submissions to the UKCCIS consultation into Parental Internet Controls is drawing near and it is absolutely vital that everyone who is concerned about this issue to submit their own views so that the Government has a broad understanding of the underlying problems in this area.

As someone who has shown an interest in the issue of Online Child Protection, I want to encourage you and other supporters, especially parents, to contribute to this consultation and give your opinions on how we can better protect children online.   More information on the consultation and how to respond can be found here.

The more submissions this exercise receives, the more Ministers will understand the serious concerns many people across the country feel about Online Child Safety and I hope you will participate in the consultation before the deadline.

Claire Perry

 

Put children before the porn peddlers

With only nine days to go before the end of the Coalition’s public consultation on internet pornography comes yet more powerful evidence of the harm explicit images are doing to the young.  Indeed, every scrap of evidence suggests that children’s free access to online porn is spreading a plague of emotional and social problems in a country already cursed by one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in Europe.

This is why the Mail, backed by scores of MPs, believes so passionately that internet service providers should be made to block access to porn sites by default, with adults having to make a specific request if they want the filter removed.  Our proposal is hardly draconian – and it is true that determined youngsters may find ways round it.  But a system that requires account holders to opt in would protect countless children from being casually exposed to porn without their parents’ knowledge.  The only losers would be the Government’s friends in the online world, who make millions from obscene sites. But are ministers really prepared to put the interests of porn peddlers before the welfare of Britain’s young?
Editorial: The Daily Mail 27/8/2012
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Esther Rantzen: I loathe censorship. But we must block the creeping plague of internet porn causing such harm to our children

Now is the time to act against the creeping plague of pornography on the internet. For the sake of caring parents, and vulnerable children, we must block the images that are destroying so many young people’s happiness.

I say that even though, like most people in our democracy, I prize freedom of speech, and loathe censorship.  Nonetheless, I am absolutely convinced that the Daily Mail is right to fight for legislation to protect our children against the filthy tide of pornography on the internet that threatens to engulf them.
The Daily Mail 23/8/2012
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Scarred by online porn: Number of children ringing ChildLine after seeing hardcore images on internet soars to 50 a month

The number of youngsters ringing ChildLine after encountering videos of hardcore pornography on the internet has soared.  Counsellors are dealing with more than 50 calls a month from teenagers upset after seeing adult images.  Some are said to be worried about becoming addicted to porn.

The number of calls is up 34 per cent over a year, leading to renewed fears about the safety of children online.  Last night, ChildLine founder Esther Rantzen said hardcore adult videos were ‘warping’ children’s understanding of what normal sex is, persuading them to copy behaviour which is ‘disturbing, even dangerous’
The Daily Mail 23/8/2012
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