Parental Responsibility: Why I shouldn’t have to tell my ISP I want to watch porn.

28 Jul

Our Prime minister David Cameron’s twitter picture, because he’s so down with the kids that he is helping them spend less time being hassled by their parents.

At what point did it become anyone else’s job to look after your kids than yours?  Other than going to school and paying for child care NO ONES. Even when it comes to schooling a child a parent has to do their bit and pay some attention to their precious little thing.

David Cameron, I mean this as sincerely as possible. IT IS NOT YOUR JOB TO ENABLE BAD PARENTING. Neither is it the job of the UK Internet service providers. When sorting out the wireless connection to my student flat at no point should I have to opt out of porn because John and Jane are letting little 8 year old Jamie spend all of his time in front of the laptop they bought him for Christmas even though they are struggling to pay their mortgage.

I completely understand  a parent’s  desire to protect their child from over exposure to pornographic imagery, heck I wrote 5000 words about censorship and desensitization for an essay. I also think that there is a point where porn becomes too much, alas I am also a big fan of Game of thrones so it’s not like I’m that bothered.

Yes I did just link to that. You know exactly what I mean. Don’t lie to yourself.

The point I’m trying to make here is that if you do not want your child exposed to porn you shouldn’t be moaning at B.T. and Talk Talk and Sky about it now should you? Maybe you should do this thing called PAYING ATTENTION TO YOUR CHILD. Or just not giving them an iphone or a laptop? oh and then there’s all that software that enables parents to very easily limit a the internet access of a give device isn’t there?

The idea of enforcing limits on porn having been put anywhere near our prime minister leaves us with two massive problems.

1. Neglectful parenting is not only being enabled but also encouraged. Rather than letting their children sit at a computer for hours on end maybe parents should spend time with them? Reading? Board Games? God Forbid video games? Or even something creative like teaching them how to cook or getting them lessons towards swimming? Something more productive than the world of “OH MY GOD! Did you see what jenny posted on twitter the other day?” that our culture has managed to immerse itself in. (She says on her blog) At the end of the day parents need to actually spend time with their kid’s and help encourage them to do something other than staring at a screen. This is much more important then not letting them watch porn. Ignoring the whole kid’s aren’t just looking at porn argument, they’re watching films like the human centipede which is much more worrying, children really do benefit from doing something else with their time. A game of scrabble can be pretty fun for parents too, as long as they don’t start arguing between themselves about the disallowing of pronouns. (fun fact: monopoly is a lot cheaper than a laptop)

2. The leader of our country is wasting his time worrying about porn in context other than whatever him and his wife get up to. It’s as if we don’t have real problems to deal with like everything going on in the NHS or why haven’t we got much of a space program or why we are still risking the lives of our soldiers and the residents of the countries they currently inhabit? No David Cameron’s Job at the moment is letting people stick their kids in front of a computer without fear that they might go looking for porn because they make no effort to talk to their children about things and spend time with them.

I would like to say end of rant, but there are still a lot of problems with the new policies being put in place. Like the utter nonsense about sexism towards woman, because it’s not like porn portrays a stereotype of men or that women would ever watch enough porn to notice, no, never. I don’t even want to go into the problems with that argument.

Final note: I love my parent’s with all my heart, my fondest memories of childhood are of weekends spent with mum painting something or going kayaking with dad.

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8 Responses to “Parental Responsibility: Why I shouldn’t have to tell my ISP I want to watch porn.”

  1. littlecarrion August 8, 2013 at 19:07 #

    I don’t really engage myself with Politics; even though I should. Nevertheless, every point you have made here I have no qualms with.

    The ‘ OH MY GOD! Did you see what jenny posted on twitter the other day?’ basically sums up a big chunk of society nowadays. The parents need to realise that by enabling their children to immerse themselves in the ‘internet’ , they are missing out on the basic crutches that make up a childhood i.e cooking, outdoor activities, all games in general.

    All I’ve got to say is a big basket of kudos Holly, this argument is ground in dirt and extremely solid! I’m thinking we could hack Cameron’s PC and leave this on his desktop? 😉

    • namelessnonfiction August 8, 2013 at 20:04 #

      I may have sent him an angry tweet. Sadly it was ignored.

      I’m not overly into politics myself, it’s just the idea that our pm is getting involved in letting parents ignore their kids is ridiculous.

      • littlecarrion August 8, 2013 at 20:23 #

        He just can’t handle the truth.

        It /is/ ridiculous and the thought that he doesn’t actually realise how ridiculous is it…and if he does, he’s not doing very well to fix the problem…just irks me that little bit more.

      • namelessnonfiction August 8, 2013 at 23:11 #

        The whole boycott ask.fm thing is even worse. It is not the websites fault that a girl has died. It is the attitude of the users.

      • littlecarrion August 9, 2013 at 05:51 #

        The website wouldn’t even be that prevalent – without it’s users. The best the owners could do would be block/delete the accounts – that doesn’t stop the bullies from clicking the ‘sign up’ button though.

      • namelessnonfiction August 9, 2013 at 11:19 #

        A lot of it was anonymous. Interestingly there is a block anonymous users setting.

  2. littlecarrion August 9, 2013 at 05:55 #

    Apparently they owners can trace the bullies’ accounts and are willing to help the police.

    • namelessnonfiction August 9, 2013 at 11:20 #

      I think it’s just disgusting how a website is being blamed for people’s actions.

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