I keep running into the “Safeguard the Web for Children” campaign, which urges bloggers to put pressure on webmasters of adult websites to lock down access to them until visitors can verify they are over 18.
My answer so far has been the same:
Hmm .. I can see where they’re coming from; but I’m not quite sure I agree with the sentiment. Would YOU password-protect your blog to make sure it’s only visible to a closed community? I wouldn’t, and wouldn’t expect other people to do it either.
Let us say, for the sake of argument, a webmaster DID password-protect his/her website; how would he/she know who to give the password to? Would you expect someone wanted access to post them a notarised copy of their birth certificate?
If under-18s want to get onto their website, they will anyway; I remember how ingenious I was as a curious teenager … I prefer focusing on educating my children, rather than trying to keep them in a padded cell to make sure they don’t hurt themselves.
A friend once told me that raising a child is like having a butterfly in your hand. You don’t want to open it, for fear that the beautiful creature will fly away. But if you hold it to tight, and don’t give it enough sunlight, the pretty butterfly will perish and die. Give your kids their due, they are might brighter than you think!
I suppose it’s a testament to the Internet and free speech; as to how easy it is for someone to come up with an idea and then try and change the world to conform to their beliefs. I wish they would think their ideas through though. I’ll end the post in the same way these campaigners spread their “word”
“If you love your children, forward this on to 5 of your friend. If you don’t care, just delete it”