Censorship vs. Child Protection: The Big Debate
When it comes to the online world, and especially the recent enactment of the Digital Economy Act (DEA) in the UK, there is a new debate between those who want censorship for the web and those who want protection for all web users. There is a big difference between these two groups though they often get lumped in together.
Those who want censorship would have any material they find objectionable completely removed from the web. They believe that the things they don’t like should not be liked by anyone. This is a slippery slope because one day it is the prevention of a certain type of fetish and the next it could be the online suppression of political opinions. Any level of censorship creates a precedent for even more of the same.
However, protection is 100% different. Through protections, like age verification, we can assure that the adult content throughout the internet is only reaching those who are actually supposed to be watching it. The content is still there, it is just behind an age verification wall which makes it hard for a young child to accidentally stumble onto something much too mature for their years.
Though many consider the debate between censorship and protection a big one, it’s really clear as day and the two topics are completely different from one another. It’s truly not even a debate. One is a form of suppression from a government, and the other is a government looking out for all of its people - not only those who wish to look at adult content such as porn or gambling sites online.
For those who believe that the DEA is a censorship issue, they should keep in mind that this may actually make it harder for further censorship to occur. That’s because we will be able to confirm that those enjoying this type of content online are all of the proper age and consenting adults.
Why remove content when there are no prying eyes who shouldn’t be looking, and the reduced risk of adults who do not want to see this type of content accidentally viewing it?
Protection is what we need to keep the youngest members of our society safe. However, it’s not only kids who get the benefit of protection.
It also covers your granny who does not want to watch porn, and any adult who browses the web but does not want to accidentally come upon adult materials. It’s helpful for everyone and makes the web a safe place.
When someone suggests content needs to be censored to keep children safe, they are being disingenuous at best. The far better solution is to remove children from the equation by simply verifying the age of each consumer and ensuring only adults, who have the ability to make choices for themselves about what content they consume, are in the audience.
That is what AVSecure provides and our services are all aimed at affording the maximum amount of anonymous protection without any form of censorship or invasive data mining. It really is a simple answer, and the only worthwhile route to take once the facts are examined objectively.