We are in the process of drawing the government's attention to the role of the media in the riots. Not the only cause, but a very significant one that must not be ignored. See how the hugely popular videogame Grand Theft
Auto glamourises crime.
Miranda Suit, the co-founder of the nutter group Safermedia, says she is grateful there has been an official review of sexualisation. Suit told Vatican Radio parents need support in protecting their children from over-sexualisation:
We think it is absolutely vital to give parents support, because there are going to be more parents where both father and mother are working, there are going to be more pressures on families in general, she said. Certainly,
the biggest complaint we've had...is from parents who say that they are trying very hard to protect their children, and sometimes they succeed within their home to create a very family-friendly environment, but as soon as the child is outside,
or as soon as the child is on the internet unsupervised, there is a terrible world of very explicit sexual material out there.
She said parents are hoping the government changes its policy of leaving the matter exclusively in the hands of parents.
They have said that because in the past the government has tended to emphasize parental responsibility -- and of course parental responsibility is very important -- but very responsible parents have been finding that even
they cannot do a good enough job, in their opinion, because as the Bailey Review says, there is this wallpaper throughout our environment of sexually explicit images.
Mediawatch-UK, the nutter campaign group, says children today are the polluted generation . It will launch a campaign tomorrow to alert parents. Acting with the charity Safermedia, it will put up 10ft-high letters reading Block Porn
outside BT's headquarters in London as part of a drive to encourage providers to restrict access to pornographic content.
A Mediawatch spokeswoman said: Parents seem to be unaware of the scale of their children's porn consumption. Seventy-five per cent of teenagers say their parents have never talked about porn with them.
Far from being harmless, we are seeing evidence that children's consumption of pornography is affecting their development.
On the 7th February 2011, Ed Vaizey MP, the Minister for Culture met with the major British ISPs to discuss the potential of this suggestion. Following a good discussion, the ISPs are now looking at the technical side of implementation and the
next meeting with Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey MP, is today on the 18th May 2011.
As part of this campaign, on May 16th 2011 Safermedia travelled to central London and built a 10ft structure with coloured blocks outside the BT headquarters calling on ISPs to BLOCK PORN at the source.
Safermedia has voiced supposed concerns over a shot of Mariah Carey on the front of OK! magazine.
The pregnant singer is on the front cover of the latest edition of the celebrity gossip magazine with her belly exposed and her husband, Nick Cannon, covering her cleavage with his hands.
The group is asking people to write letters of complaint to the magazine's publishers and the Press Complaints Commission.
Safermedia claim that the advert demeans women and sexualises pregnancy and motherhood unnecessarily . This is an unusually explicit cover for OK! Magazine ... and is another example of pornography becoming increasingly
mainstream in all forms of the media.
I love the way the way that Channel 4 are criticised for having an agenda for entertainment hiding behind sex education. Then at the same time the Christian nutters are hiding their own agenda for prohibiting pre-marital sex hiding behind concern
for teenagers' health.
With Ofcom failing to act, the public must speak out against television programmes like C4's The Joy of Teen Se x which actively promote risky sexual behaviour
Channel 4's series, The Joy of Teen Sex (JTS) has taken television to new depths of sexual explicitness by encouraging teenagers to be filmed attending their frank and honest Sex Advice Shop for help with their most
intimate sexual worries.
C4 warned JTS would include graphic sex and full frontal nudity , but what follows is far worse: an arousing cocktail of graphic displays of sexual anatomy and sexual positions (heterosexual, homosexual and lesbian),
followed by pornographic demonstrations by actors who look like teenagers themselves.
The three disarming young female presenters - a doctor, social worker (not yet qualified) and sex coach (actually a sex-toy saleswoman) - advise us, While we think you should wait until at least 16 before losing your
virginity, we can't pretend teen sex is not happening, we should embrace it and face it head on.
The teenagers are encouraged to improve their sex lives with advice on oral and anal sex, genital plastic surgery and piercing (we saw one lad having a ring inserted in his penis), S&M, sex toys, sex-enhancing
drugs and working in the sex industry. No mention of avoiding promiscuous relationships, just instructions to use condoms for so-called protection against STIs and pregnancy. Oral sex is portrayed in an exceptionally positive light despite
recent research showing a link with mouth cancer. Advice on anal sex focuses on making it less painful as opposed to warning of the serious health risks.
This promotion of risky behaviour is absolutely unacceptable and potentially dangerous to young people's health. It is the very opposite of training a child in the way he should go. (Proverbs 22:6).
The politically influential online community Mumsnet has withdrawn support for a campaign to make ISPs block access to all adult content unless the customer specifically asks the ISP to let them see it.
The campaign, started by Claire Perry MP with the backing of morality in media activitists SaferMedia, has received a sympathetic hearing from Ed Vaizey, the Minister for the Internet.
Mumsnet site admins assumed their community would happily support a campaign that claimed to protect children and make the ISPs take responsibility for Internet content, and established a campaign page on the website. But the campaign was
met with robust criticism from within the Mumsnet community that the proposal was technically unworkable, an illiberal censorship that would quickly lead to blocking Wikileaks, and that it was dangerous to shift blame to ISPs for bad parenting.
Perhaps the most telling argument was that the Mumsnet site itself could be blocked over its depictions of breast feeding.
The Mumsnet campaign page in favour of Internet blocking has now been deleted, leaving only a 300-entry discussion thread and write-ups by Mumsnet bloggers to document the policy blunder.
Update: Safermedia describe the Mumsnet decision as an 'hysterical reaction'
Claire Perry, who writing in yesterday's Telegraph, defended the policy of filtering the web to protect children, was surprised to learn of Mumsnet's u-turn on the matter and said that she would be taking it up with the founders of the site.
Pippa Smith, co-chairwoman of Safer Media, the Christian group behind the campaign for anti-pornography filters to be switched on by default, said: I am surprised that parents would be critical of the campaign because the idea is to help
parents. If internet users have to opt in to view pornography parents don't have to worry about protecting their children from it...I think there has to be censorship to protect children. If you're over 18 you won't be censored [under the
proposals] . [But parents will be faced with blocked websites if they have opted for filtering for their children. At the moment it would be quite tricky to set up a separately configured connection for each family
When asked about Mumsnet's about-turn on the matter, she replied: You do hear of the odd story of hysterical reactions on this kind of online forum. I'm not concerned about our campaign on the basis of what is said on one website.
Claire Perry the nutter backbench MP has claimed there is a scary degree of favourable consensus between campaigners, the government and ISPs on introducing internet blocking that would mean internet users would have to opt in to access
Claire Perry, the Conservative MP for Devizes, said a meeting on Monday had been very productive . Perry is backing a campaign by Christian groups who fear the influence of the internet on children. They want network-level filters that
would block legal sex sites by default.
Despite her comments about the meeting on Twitter, ISP sources denied they gave any ground to Perry on the issue. They remain opposed to the campaign on both principle and technical grounds.
ISPs favour educating parents and offering software and services that allow them to control access to pornography at home.
Eg BT have announced a new Family Protection desktop package free to account holders, arguing that at this time these [network level] controls can't match the functionality offered by PC-based parental-control software .
Ed Vaizey said: More needs to be done to help parents protect their children and the roundtable was a useful first step.
The nutters of Mediawatch-UK and Safermedia are looking forward to Monday's meeting with government minister Ed Vaizey.
The political campaigners are pushing their demands for ISP blocking with adult material only enabled for those that opt in and verify their age.
Mediawatch rant on about all the worlds ills seemingly down to porn on the internet but don't really consider too much about the practicalities of trying to define a filter to match the needs of all ages from tots to parents.
But Mediawatch-uk have made a little progress they now seem to support the idea that adults are allowed access to porn. Last time this was mentioned they wanted to put people in prison for 3 years for the possession of R18 porn. Mediawatch-UK
wrote on their blog:
We support the proposal for an opt-in system to block adult sites at source unless specifically requested.
Of course once the blocking process is place the next step will be to 'nudge' society pressurising people not to opt in.
According to the Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA), they together with a number of ISPs have also been invited to the meeting. Representatives of UKCCIS and children's charities will also be present.
I bet they haven't invited anyone to represent the views of the millions of people who enjoy various forms of adult interests on the net..
Safermedia are reporting that they have been having meetings with MPs in parliament regarding their campaign for ISP internet blocking.
They have announced that on 7th February 2011 Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture will be having meetings with British ISPs to push for an opt-in system to block internet pornography.
They have called on their supporters to email Vaizey so as to give an impression of public support.
Safermedia wrote on their blog site:
We would urge you to fill in your name, address and organisation (if appropriate) on the letter to Mr Vaizey below, and send this email as soon as possible, and before 7 February, to email@example.com.
Dear Mr Vaizey,
Thank you for your efforts in arranging a meeting with internet service providers to discuss how the industry can better support parents and help them ensure that their children cannot access pornography. Research clearly
indicates that viewing pornography leads to an acceptance of violent and unhealthy notions of sex and relationships, where the objectification of women and aggressive sexual behaviour are the norm. That is why I strongly support your initiative,
suggested by Claire Perry MP, to switch the default setting for internet pornography in to our homes to off , and implement an opt-in system. I urge you to promote it as robustly as possible at your forthcoming round table meeting
with the ISPs in February.