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You might have seen recent posts on Bing getting under attack because of the video preview feature, which works (obviously) for “normal” videos as well as for porn…
To be clear upfront: I am the daddy of two great sons at the age of 7 and 10, so at least the 10-year-old starts to get interested in such things.
Let’s start with the feature discussion first. I went to Bing’s video search engine and searched for a term which definitely will return porn content (I did not dare to do it on my Microsoft notebook – I did it on my private PC ). This is what happens:
If I then click on “change” above, I see the default settings (which are preventing access to sexual explicit sites):
And, when I then want to change it to “off”, I get the following warning:
So far the facts as they are today. Now come the emotions and the discussions about what is good and what is bad. So, looking at my son, there are two scenarios we separate in our family:
So, I am definitely convinced that turning all the possible filters on will drive my kids to the neighbor's house to look at the same inappropriate pictures as the policies there might be less restrictive. Just to leave me in a wrong sense of safety and without any control about what is going on with my kids – which would be really, really bad.
From my point of view, this problem is part of the education of my kids. How do we raise them and what values are important to us. So, there are a few key tasks which are outside technology, which are the duty of parents (even though some tend to ignore this pretty often):
Yes, I know that the world is evil out there and that we all have to work together to fight illegal content on the Internet. There is child porn and child abuse and a lot of people (like me) are working everyday to reduce this disgusting phenomenon. You should not get me wrong: I definitely do not want to play something like this down. But on the other hand, I am convinced that we should not feel like we can solve these problems with technology. It is our duty as parents to raise our kids in a responsible manner – this cannot be done by better search filters or parental controls. I know that there are cultural differences across the globe but at the end of the day it might change the way you educate the kids but not the ultimate goal.
To finalize this post, let me add a few links:
Now, let me add a final statement: The opinions shared in here are my personal opinions and might be challenged as such.