Web policy is over-protection

29th December 2000 at 00:00
I AGREE totally with the policy that we must protect children from threats through the web.

However, the lengths that seem to be demanded on web-based media would only be effective if they were extended to other media: all television and magazine reports about schools and children would need to blur the faces of those involved to stop them from being spotted by paedophiles; all newspapers that run articles with children's photos unblurred would need to be stopped; all printed prospectuses ad school photos would need to remove children from the risk that their publicity could generate; and all church-based publications would need the same rules.

All of which would be an over-reaction.

However, I would recommend that children's photos are never linked to their personal addresses; children are never left to use the internet unsupervised and they only visit chatrooms where members are not anonymous and are verified by a third party.

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