Tuesday 24 January 2017

Ian O'Doherty : Safer internet day – it comes but once a year

Published 11/02/2014 | 02:30

George Clooney arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards, the actor's look-a-likes often frequent the internet dating sites
George Clooney arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards, the actor's look-a-likes often frequent the internet dating sites

Got the bunting ready? Have you put aside some valuable parenting time to have a long and serious chat with your delightful offspring about how best to utilise d'internet without them falling foul of – deep breath – paedophiles /predators/bullies/ pro-anorexia/pro-suicide and pro-binge drinking sites?

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Have you alerted them to the dangers of neo-Nazi and other racist material? Have you warned them to stay away from fundamentalist Muslim terrorist websites that are chock-full of lovely, moving home videos of our fanatic friends slowly cutting someone's head off, or eating their organs?

What, you mean you didn't know that your kid is only a click away from a vast reservoir of snuff movies, where people take some weird, almost sexual pleasure from watching someone being slowly decapitated?

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