Age ratings for websites


by Rumbold
27th December, 2008 at 9:39 am    

Seems unworkable to me:

“Film-style age ratings could be applied to websites to protect children from harmful and offensive material, Culture Secretary Andy Burnham has said.”


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  1. Simon — on 27th December, 2008 at 9:46 am  

    The only way this could be enforced if every citizen had their own unique digital signature that would identify them…

    Which is just too scary to comtemplate.

    When with this authoritarian bunker of winkers disappear?

  2. Random Guy — on 27th December, 2008 at 10:20 am  

    Well, the morons at ICAAN have continously rejected the creation of an .xxx domain, which in my opinion would make things much much easier to enforce. Thats the easiest way forward in my opinion…

  3. persephone — on 27th December, 2008 at 2:46 pm  

    The internet does need some sane method to regulate it and/or a way to ensure that parents for eg can make a decision to set a control on their home PC. (I don’t mean parental controls on PC’ sat the moment which do not filter out alot of the inapropriate stuff)

    But before this goes too far, is there any data to show risks/incidents are increasing?

  4. Sunny — on 27th December, 2008 at 4:18 pm  

    The guy is stupid, not because its unworkable but because there are companies already doing this.

    You can install programmes like NetNanny that will restrict your browsing to explicit sites.

  5. anon, — on 27th December, 2008 at 4:42 pm  

    And what if you WANT TO access offensive things? You aren’t harming anyone else.

    This governement is getting increasingly authoritarian.

  6. persephone — on 27th December, 2008 at 6:38 pm  

    Anon @ 5

    I assume the type of s/w that is mentioned @4 tags the protection to a particular user name ie adult ensures they use a different username to log on the PC than the child

  7. Sunny — on 28th December, 2008 at 1:49 am  

    And what if you WANT TO access offensive things?

    Just use an anonymizer, if your parents have controls set on your browser. Otherwise, the govt an’t really enforce this, so I dont know why some of you people are getting your knickers in a twist.

  8. Amrit — on 28th December, 2008 at 2:06 am  

    I think M. Vowl has the last word on this. :-D

    http://enemiesofreason.blogspot.com/2008/12/why-age-ratings-for-websites-would-be.html

    ‘Otherwise, the govt an’t really enforce this, so I dont know why some of you people are getting your knickers in a twist.’

    Um… because it shows yet again the populist, authoritarian and deeply-ignorant depths to which our govt. will stoop to look like they’re ‘doing something’?

    (This is just another attempt to distract us from the ongoing recession, isn’t it? ‘Look – we’ve fucked the economy, but we’ll save your children yet!’).

  9. Kulvinder — on 28th December, 2008 at 3:33 am  

    Most of the 18 rated video nasties were seen by my friends and i by the age of about 12. Theres nothing quite like a government sponsored explicit rating for filtering out all the mediocre crap and highlighting what the good stuff is for young boys.

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