[clug] Internet Censorship - Advice?

Neill Cox neill.cox at ingenious.com.au
Thu Dec 4 13:24:30 GMT 2008

 It's really not as simple as banning your children from using the 'net and
it's often not possible to supervise them all the time they're on the 'net.

I personally solve this problem by having an authenticating proxy and a
firewall and by checking the logs and talking to my children when they visit
sites I'd rather they didn't.  Works for me because I'm more of a geek than
my kids, but it's not something that would work for most parents I know.

I am opposed to the clean feed system because:

1) It will infringe on the rights of adults.
2) It won't work.
3) It will slow internet access down.

This doesn't mean that there isn't a place for an opt-in system for parents
who want their children's 'net access filtered.

Being a parent is a huge investment of time, energy and money.  Not everyone
who would like some help in monitoring/controlling their children's use of
the internet is stupid or evil.

Personally I don't think that a certificate based system is likely to work
either but you risk having your views discounted if you treat everyone who
disagrees with you as an enemy.

I'm also not sure how condoms got into this discussion, now how the porn
industry is going to make any money by faking certificates so children can
see porn.


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