Re: Go ahead please... block social networks by default as well.(@ murph)
"unless you think child porn should be legal and it should be 'up to the individual' to decide if they want to look at it? "
Watch out! Your straw dog is creating a fire storm! and:
"if you don't want it on record that you 'opted in' ..."
I don't give a shit about being on record for having 'opted out' of the filtering scheme, or as you hinted, 'opting in' to porn. But I have an issue with giving governments another powerful tool for controlling/misinforming the masses. And a tool that would be managed by a committee, to boot.
Now, give me a filtering system with a parental control that would allow adults(e.g. as identified by an account/pass) to access whatever they want, while the kids would surf a sanitized version of the Internet. See? No privacy invasion, no kids watching porn*, everyone is happy!.
Note*: Except for the ones able to hack through these filters as if they were made of very thin paper, i.e. most of them, as the knowledge of these hacks travels really fast.
Do you want to prevent your kids from seeing nasty things in the Net? Follow these easy instructions:
1:- limit their access to Internet so they can access it only at times when there is some adult at home.
2:- Don't put an Internet connected computer in their room. Put it in the living room, or somewhere where adults can take a peek at what the youn' ones are doing.
3:- Learn about security and teach your children about it, and explain openly the issues they may find when online.