Now That Chat Rooms Are Banned, Let's Get Rid Of Mobile Phones Too
from the calm-down,-people dept
It seems that some people will never understand the difference between the technology itself and doing something bad with the technology. They love to blame the technology for the action - and that's why we end up with policies banning useful technologies just because some people might misuse them. Following yesterday's news that MSN was shutting down its chat rooms, childrens' watchdog groups started cheering - without thinking through what they were saying. As we mentioned at the time, it's not like kids (and the "bad elements" MSN says caused this) won't go find other places to chat where there will be even less monitoring. Now, however, one of the groups proudly welcoming Microsoft's move is now saying that we need to go further and deal with the "problem" presented by children using mobile phones - which are described as being even more dangerous than chat rooms. It seems that these mobile phones are simply evil because they allow pedophiles to contact children all the time. Notice that it's the mobile phones and the mobile internet that are being blamed and not the pedophiles who deserve the blame. Whatever happened to educating children on potential dangers and raising them in a way that they know better than to end up dealing with pedophiles? People need to remember it's not the technology that is the problem, but the people using it for such reasons.