Kids Can Still Get Porn On Their Phones -- Well, Not Really
from the very-tiny-people dept
We've seen plenty of studies and exposes talking about how easy it is for kids to access porn with all these dangerous new technologies like iPods or mobile phones. They all ignore the same point -- that the technology may be new, but the idea of kids using them to check out porn isn't. Blame put on the technologies, or the technology providers, is generally misplaced. So it's little surprise to see a sensationalistic headline again touting how easily kids can access mobile porn in the UK, blaming mobile operators for a "loophole". The only problem is that the real facts of the story don't back this up. The issue wasn't that the writers were able to buy porn directly from a handset registered to a 15-year-old -- the operator's filters properly blocked that. They're complaining that it's the operators fault they were able to buy codes for access to a porn site -- they then accessed from their PC -- using premium rate SMS. They sent off a message, and got charged about $2.65 to receive one back with codes they then entered on their computer to access a porn site. How exactly is that the fault of the carrier? Should they take the blame for all the free porn sites kids can access on the internet too? If a parent is worried enough to block porn on their kids' phone (even if they don't really work), why wouldn't they similarly try to block their kids from seeing porn on the web? And again, what's that got to do with the mobile operator?