THE PARENTS' CREED FOR THE INTERNET:|
A Ten-Point Manifesto
Repeat after me:
1. I am a parent.
2. I brought a child/children into this world through sexual actions which I freely, willingly and knowingly engaged in. Nobody did this for me.
3. My children are my responsibility, and as such I am responsible to house them, feed them, clothe them, raise them,
teach them right from wrong, make sure they get the proper education, and keep them safe from harm. These are the legal
and social responsibilities I agreed to take on when I concieved and/or adopted my children. |
4. As the parent and/or legal guardian of my children, I understand that their safety is my sole and primary responsibility:
8. I understand that, should my children become exposed to objectionable content, it is a reflection of my inability to supervise my children properly, and not an indictment of the person or persons who created websites with content designed as entertainment for a mature audience.
9. I understand that while I may find certain content to be objectionable and inappropriate for my children, other adults have the right and privilege of enjoying that same content in the privacy of their own homes, and my lack of responsibility toward my child's safety does not give me the right to infringe upon the collective rights of others.
10. As a parent, it is my goal to be as good and watchful of my children as I am capable of being, understanding that I may make mistakes along the way for which I cannot fault others. The responsibility for my children's safety lies completely upon me, until they reach the age of legal adulthood and can make their own autonomous decisions about the nature and type of content they wish to view.
There are many places that are unsuitable for children, and where logically and legally they should not be: playing inside gun cases, hanging out in cocktail lounges and strip joints, operating motor vehicles, etc. Likewise, there are products that children are forbidden by law to purchase: cigarettes, alcoholoc beverages, pornographic magazines, and so on. The internet is just such a place, with the danger of child molestors lurking in chat rooms, explicit adult content embedded in innocuous-looking emails, and information on the making of everything from homemade bombs to methamphetamine available at a few keystrokes.
Censorship and red-lining of the internet have been proposed and shot down as both unconstitutional and not effective enough. Internet filtering has proven to be inadequate. The creation of top-level domain extensions (such as .kids or .xxx) has been rejected as too burdensome for those companies that the TLD's are intended for. Perhaps the time has come to consider legislating the internet as an age-restricted entity like cigarettes, booze, dirty magazines, and ammunition. Support of a child-free internet will result in protection of children from the harmful aspects which the internet delivers without bias to the home. Think about it. Act on it. Join the push to make the internet a child-free zone for the safety of all children!