The largest ISPs in the UK (BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin) are working on plans to offer UK consumers “a choice at the point of purchase over whether they want adult content on their home internet, laptops or smart phones.”
So instead of an easily bypassed software filter or site blocking solution that sits on one’s desktop, the new system will provide for automatic safe Internet access at the ISP level, upon purchase of the service (nothing else is required).
This is all we’re asking for in the US: parental and consumer choice for a general Community Internet option that is in compliance with already existing laws meant to protect children from illegal, inappropriate materials. It would be wonderful if US ISPs would also lead the way and simply provide this option–but after several years of lobbying they have refused to do so. It’s time for our Congress to step in and require ISPs to provide this option for those parents and families who want it.
Just as US automobile companies ulimately needed to be required to provide seat belts to protect people, it’s now well past time to require that the the US Internet industry provide an Internet option that allows parents to protect their children from hard-core, illegal, inappropriate materials if they so choose.
Please help make this happen! Sign the Safe Internet Petition today and let your government representatives that you care about our kids; and if you’ve sent a petition previously, please keep sending them until we’re heard and action is taken!