The internet is a wild west of shootouts via online gaming, bar fights via forum flame wars, and long desolate plains where the law does not apply. As reported in guardian.co.uk Britain will be putting some sheriffs in those towns via the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCISS). They will be starting the program with over 100 private and public sectors watching over cyber bullying, online pornography, violent video games, and websites that encourage young people to harm themselves (which doesn’t specify if those websites are forum posters telling each other to run into a knife or there are actually websites kids like to frequent that list an array of means of self torture). The principle of this organization is to make the unpredictable nature of browsing the internet safe for young children similar to censoring cable TV. If this program is implemented correctly, I would see a significant decrease in high pitched, vulgar, British children retaliating on being killed with a verbal onslaught of all curse words unholy. Imagine an Xbox live experience without children, unfortunately we live in an imperfect world where IKEA takes 15 minutes to navigate and Taco Bell doesn’t deliver.
I think this is definitely a step in the right direction and with the backing of Gordon Brown, the UK’s Prime Minister, this should be a fully fleshed out program. However, the true filth on the internet has been allowed to grow and expand for so long will the UKCISS really be able to regulate it? The internet has come a long way over the years with advancements in social networking where most competitive and cooperative game play is done online, people can meet their future soul-mates, and you can even create your dungeons and dragons rule set 4 campaign and share with your friends! Okay, that last one may be more for me than anyone else but the internet is going to become a staple in modern society, more regulation like this should keep our children safe, and the neglectful parents shouldn’t have to worry what their heathens tell me what to do with my private parks and innocent farm animals.
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