So, Wait, Is .xxx Good Or Bad For Kids?

from the you've-got-us-all-mixed-up-now dept

It would appear that we now have two different groups of politicians, both of whom are trying to appear more "protective of our children" tossing around a political football concerning the .xxx top-level domain. Back in December, the US administration stepped in and pressured ICANN not to approve .xxx for adult sites, after conservative and religious groups protested such a red-light district online as "legitimizing" such content -- and, of course, this was bad for the cause of "protecting our children." Meanwhile, earlier this month, some US Senators started pushing a bill that would force the creation of such a domain and require all adult content sites to reside there. Again, this was put forth as a way of "protecting our children." So, for those of you who expect the government to parent your children for you, .xxx is either the best thing or the worst thing for protecting your kids. Meanwhile, ICANN, who is supposed to be making this decision on its own and who is also supposed to be separate from the US government, had planned to meet on this again this week, with approval of .xxx expected. Except... US officials have again stepped in to force ICANN to hold off, thus showing that ICANN doesn't seem to have quite the independence it claims to have. As the discussion on this continues, expect to hear over and over again the importance of protecting our children -- but who protects our children from ridiculous political battles?

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    alfred davenport, 29 Mar 2006 @ 1:55pm

    i tottaly aggre with James. My dad made 3 "mistakes" when he was rasein me. 1, put a lock on my door. 2, put a computer in that room with a lock. And 3 hook internet up to that computer in the locked room. My kids will have computer in there rooms, with internet, and locks. If they want to look at porn fine with me, as long as they know what they are doing, and they do it in the locked room on there computer, on there internet, as long as there not saveing any of it to the network i dont care. The only reason i would care about it being on the network is because i dont nead my computer dieing on me from some bug from the sites, but outher than that i wont care. Hell, I think that people shuld be protecting the kids from Bush, not porn, if they dont like looking at porn they wont look at it, plane and simple. Also if you tell a teen aged kid not to do something what is the first thing they do, unless its one of the perfect kids hat everyone in school hates, they go and do exatly what you told them not to do, so by blocking the sites they just want to see them more, its a fact of life. But thats just my point of vew

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