What is wrong with the web?

3 minute read.

I dont often or like for that matter wading into these tye of subjects but i thought id have ago this time.

“Parents, please be aware. Don’t let your child be alone in a bedroom with a webcam and a computer with Internet access unsupervised,” said Alberta Integrated Child Exploitation Unit Det. Kevin Fald.

edmontonsun.com – Edmonton News – ‘Don’t let your child have a webcam’

This isnt the exact quote i wanted but it was along the same lines “what do expect when yur child has the latest technology … they shouldnt have it” Why shouldnt have a child have access to the internet and the latest technology, just because somebody might take advantage. The problem is not with the technology or the web services available it is the fact that parents aren’t of the web generation and aren’t giving guidelines to there children.

I am 100% totally against censorship and parental controls as it isnt the answer to the problem in question. As a species we are curious and if boundaries are put there we will break them. An example of this at my old school they had a friendly censornet system which was far to sensitive, it is ok filtering the nasty but images from Hiroshima and the Holocaust are also nasty, were does the filter stop and who says what is ok? The internet is full of rubbish and to somebody this blog will be rubbish and to another it will be valuable information and opinion. By setting up universal rules for children to follow, they are more likely to stay safe only, i am more inclined to say go onto the web and find out what is out there but if you see something that you dont know what it is then close it, now we come onto the Instant Messaging revolution, see this is a simple one only have on your contacts list who you know if you don’t know them dont have them on your contacts list, IM is between friends and family. As you get older you are more inclined to have the barriers and let more people onto your contacts list, but at this point you should know a dodgy character, and not be so gullible.

The US has passed legislation which controls what website operators are allowed to put in their site meta tags. The law bans the use of words which might lead anyone to obscene content.

Newsvine – Meta tag abusers face 20 years in prison

Then onto another not all that dissimilar subject, the US trying to police the web. A mean how are they going to make this one stick and it may be tied to certain things, but what is to stop apple suing me for having a higher rank than them when searching from apple (not that it will ever happen) America is willing itself into a position were it can oversea the internet, but the internet is designed to be a collective of different ideas, not one mass of grey boring information. America designed the inter-network when the phone system was just starting to be used, it was designed so any place on the earth could be contacted even if there were places bombed and cables cut. Tim Burners-Lee created the internet as we now know it to share information, the basis of which any sharing can take place being self-censored not by government but by the user who says, that is the line and i arent going to cross it. This way the internet can meet all its users needs.

Sorry for the sort of rant it had to be done.

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