kids and computersI have been reading with interest many news articles and blogs such as this one, about Steve Job’s now famous email exchange with a reporter Ryan Tate about his desire to offer ‘freedom from porn’ on Apple’s iPhone and iPad in particular.

Well in regard to this issue, I am fully supportive of Steve Jobs. I am certainly no prude, religious zealot or left of centre women’s right advocate. I am just an average guy with grand children. In fact, I am all for freedom of expression and do not believe in censorship.

What I do believe in, is that everything has its time and place. And the place for pornography is not where my five year old grandson is looking and listening. Just the same as I would like him not to be exposed to alcohol and cigarette advertising or graphic violence.

I recall reading some time ago about the quantity of pornography available on the internet. It is, as it has always been, a huge industry. But it is just like alcohol. Another huge business. But it’s not for kids.

As a side issue. While porn doesn’t offend me. It certainly does when I am only looking for some clip art.

I agree with Steve Jobs. I want the freedom from unsolicited porn. I am sure I will be able to find it if I really want to.

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5 thoughts on “Freedom From Porn

  • 21/05/2010 at 8:27 pm
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    Amen.

  • 21/05/2010 at 11:28 pm
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    Well said Derek, I totally agree. You certainly do not have to be a prude, religious zealot, or left of center woman's right advocate to express your feelings on this matter. I have a five year old grand daughter as well and I think the smut should be controlled. Also, I do not particularly care for the idea of my 15 year old daughter being exposed to pornography.
    As you said, if anyone wants to find pornography, it will certainly not be a difficult feat.

  • 21/05/2010 at 11:41 pm
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    Thank you for this article. When I speak up against the unwanted onslaught of porn online, I hear negative criticisms that I must be religious, feminist, or a prude. Also, they say just buy a filter. I thought everyone knew their drawbacks.

    I certainly agree that young children shouldn't be subjected to material beyond their maturity level. It's real even if it is a picture or a video. When an adult intentionally subjects a child to porn, it is considered grooming or molestation, because it IS harmful.

    And why would I be a prude if as a survivor of childhood sexual trauma, I wanted to use the whole internet but not view porn?

    And what is puritanical about enjoying your own sex life and not being interested in others'?

    Thank you for this opportunity to vent.

    @peevishpenman

  • 22/05/2010 at 2:08 am
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    I couldn't agree more.

    Well said.

  • 22/05/2010 at 6:27 am
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    This is so true. My 8yr-old son stumbled onto some and has been trying hard to forget what he saw, but how do you forget things like that when you're a little boy? He was so upset at what he saw he came and got me. We've since clamped down the filter even more on the computer, but I'm angry that this porn site would smear muck across my innocent child's mind. If there was a porn-free way to run the internet, I'd be all for it.

    Good post. Excellent point. thanks :)

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