PORN Could Automatically Blocked on PCs in Britain to Protect Kids

PORN could be automatically blocked from every computer in Britain under government plans to protect kids, it emerged today.Communications Minister Ed Vaizey revealed: "This is a very serious matter. "I think it's very important that it's the ISPs that come up with solutions to protect children. Vaizey has summoned some biggest broadband firms, including BT, […]

PORN could be automatically blocked from every computer in Britain under government plans to protect kids, it emerged today.

Communications Minister Ed Vaizey revealed: "This is a very serious matter. "I think it's very important that it's the ISPs that come up with solutions to protect children. Vaizey has summoned some biggest broadband firms, including BT, Virgin Media and TalkTalk, to a meeting next month for talks.

He hopes they'll agree to ditch the current "opt-out" system - where people have to turn on computer "parental controls" to block porn - in favour of the "opt-in" idea.

TalkTalk, which also operates Tiscali and Aol.co.uk, is launching a free service next year which'll only give access to sites on a cinema-style rating system.

Parents can also choose to give ISP a list of adult sites they want to view.

Campaigner Miranda Suit, of charity Safermedia, said: "In the past, internet porn was regarded as a moral issue or a matter of taste.

"Now it has become a mental health issue because we know the damage it's causing. "We're seeing perverse sexual behaviour among children.

"Legislation is both justifiable and feasible."

A Virgin Media spokeswoman added: "We're able to block sites, so it would be possible to do the same on the internet.

"It's just a question of finding the right approach."

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