The Internet filters imposed by the British nanny state, which Prime Minister David Cameron states will stop children from "stumbling across hardcore legal pornography," reportedly do more than just block porn. According to the BBC, the filters also block access to a variety of "websites offering sex education and advice on sexual health and porn addiction." And, according to Peter N. Hansteen, the filters also block access to technological and civil liberties websites. Some argue that this may have been the point all along. Another opinion here.
So summing up, checking a semi-random collection of mainly fairly mainstream and some rather obscure tech URLs shows that far from focusing on its stated main objective, keeping innocent children away from online porn, the UK Internet filter shuts the UK's children out of a number of valuable IT resources, was well as several important civil liberties resources.
And if this is the true face of Parental Controls, I for one would take using controls like these as a sufficient indicator that the parents in question are in fact not qualified to do their parenting without proper supervision.
If this is an indicator of how the collective of United Kingdom Internet Nannies is to maintain their filtering regime, they are most certainly part of a bigger problem than the one they claim to be working to solve.
If it's any consolation, the Brits don't like this site very much either.
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