Sunday 17 December 2017

Government sits idly by while children remain unprotected

Sinead Moriarty

Sinead Moriarty

I THINK it's fair to say that most parents would welcome an anti-pornography filter on their home broadband connections. With the advent of the internet and the explosion of online porn, children these days only have to type in the word 'breast' to be greeted with an onslaught of hard-core images and videos.

As parents, we want to protect our children. It's our job to keep them safe and secure. Home is a child's haven, a place where they can be themselves, a place where they can get away from the stresses and strains of the school yard. Surely then, we would want them to be protected inside the home from disturbing images?

Why then does the Irish Government, many of them parents themselves, feel it is unnecessary to follow the UK's lead in introducing anti-pornography filters? These filters are aimed at all home broadband connections and are being sought in Britain as part of an initiative to prevent children from seeing adult imagery. But Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte says: "This isn't something that is being prioritised by the Government here." Why not?

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