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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    Jack G, 29 Mar 2006 @ 3:55pm

    this is ridiculous..

    i believe that every measure a parent deems necissary to "protect" their offspring should be used. and if it takes the support of the ".xxx" domain, than so be it. blaming the current administration for this, when you later mention in your comment that the parents should be in control, is bone-headed and stupid. i believe that if we could get an educated discussion going on, instead of a name calling/ignorant forum, we could further this issue. if you are going to argue something, dont contradict, or mis-spell. stick to your morals, and beliefs. im for the .xxx domain, proving that it would be easier to find only further proves the effectiveness of this solution. the easier it is to find,the easier it is to detect this problem, and then prevent it in the future. most of the comments have lost sight on the fact we are talking about children, not adults. if you think this will harm your own personal searching, and thats what your arguing about, take a look at the big picture, a kid NOT exposed to this situation would be more likely to stay away from sexual behavior and pre-marital sex. someone that is exposed, and their parents APPROVE of this behavior, will be more likely to justify immoral and illegal things later in life. i believe we should protect our children from these things, enforce morals, and pass the .xxx

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