Children need protection. Their parents will not be always sitting by them to make sure they are safe while using the Internet . Of course not all children are bad, but even in some game websites there are some links which will lead you to some immoral and inappropriate websites, so blocking these kinds of web sites will make your children safe and let you relax.
Look at the amount of stupidity, racism, sexism, pornography, and basically other junk on the internet. I and many others don't and shouldn't have to muddle our way through this junk every time we go on the internet. Little children should not be exposed to these things early on or it could damage their development. So in the end, I would prefer for the internet to be regulated so we don't have to go through this internet filth every day.
If you want the truth, find out about it yourself. Firsthand. Not from some loud-mouth trolls or bullies which are so prevalent nowadays online. Plus there is ore misinformation than real information online these days. So it even more confusing and scary. It stops progress. A business that is good ,but being bashed by one "unhappy" client, even though its the client's fault, may actually close down. How is that a good thing?
I believe that the Internet should be treated like a public place and should be policed accordingly. That means censoring adult or offensive sites that are readily accessible to children, among other much-needed censoring measures.
Some of the websites on the internet show different things such as information or adult themes and rude pictures. These should be censored so under aged children cannot see the inappropriate content. By doing this we are making sure that our children can live innocent and happy lives without being exposed to many different things.
I think what's being missed here is that there are more harmful things on the internet than just pornography or sexual images we don't want our kids to see. The most dangerous things are ones that adults don't know about.
For example, pro-anorexia websites, where viewers have access to extreme diets, "inspiring" photos of severely skinny girls, and codes of conduct. These codes include phrases like "If you aren't thin, you aren't attractive" and " You must buy clothes, style your hair, take laxatives, starve yourself, do anything to make yourself look thinner". Sure, you can make the argument that parents shouldn't let their kids onto these sites. But the truth is a lot of parents aren't even aware that their child has an eating disorder.
Another thing trending on the web these days are suicide and self harm how-to's. The target audience is mostly teenagers and young adults looking for help in taking their own life. They can even take a quiz to see which method of suicide is best for them.
I think in cases like these, there is absolutely no reason that this information should be accessible.
The internet should censor things that could possibly induce violent behavior. Do you think the boston bombers knew off top on how to make bombs? No! That information can be found online. Just a while back I was watching a video of a dude who apparently found out how to make an assault rifle out of a 3D printer. A PRINTER !! The irony. And someone thought it was a good idea to put it on the net. We do not only have to worry about people with guns but depressed people with 3D printers !!! Censor some of this unnecessary mess.
It's not the freedom of speech that is targeted in the Internet censorship targets, it's the posers, the hackers, the theft of personal information, the wide spread of pornography, the social disconnect of people because of online game addictions. Internet should be strictly regulated to ensure the cyber wellness of people using it. It's not enough for the parents to tell their children not to go to pornographic websites because there is no assurance for the children to follow what their parents have said.
The internet has been providing people with mental illnesses graphic images and ideas that fill their head. Why do you think we have people shooting up movie theaters and being able to make homemade bombs? All of this information is available online and provides a training ground for sick individuals. How many child molesters do you think have been created from the sick crap available online? I think we need some serious online protection.
Why are we allowing this information on the Internet? Just sign on, type in your subject, build a bomb and kill our citizens! This is insanity! We do not need to feed the minds of the radical nuts and insane people. To allow propaganda to be accessed is crazy. We should stop it.
If you're censoring things people are putting on the internet, it's a violation of their freedom speech and press and you can't do that. Plus, the internet is the internet. Regular civilians aren't the bosses of it.They can't monitor everything that goes on there. Also, how do you know exactly everything that your censoring couldn't be helpful to someone? Just because you, one worthless little person, thinks it's corrupting kids or the internet as it was made, you're way out of line.
The Internet was made to be free and so that anyone could share the ideology that they wish. By suppressing our right to share our ideas you're suppressing our right to our freedom. Yes, I acknowledge the negatives but there is much more positives from freedom of speech than censorship.
I think we should have privacy online. Parents and guardians should trust kids on the internet. Only 10% of kids actually do bad stuff on the internet, but what about the other 90%? Parents should stop stressing about your kids and read a book and relax. Children start obeying your parents and everyone will be happy.
To censor the Internet would take away from one's freedom of expression. One could not blog their ideas or share art in places such as DeviantART and the censorship would spread to other facets of daily life. Censorship is not even defined by the Supreme Court which means it's held to the individual judge case by case.
You've seen how people are treated in China. They have no freedom of speech, even more so on the internet where it's most valued. Emails are pilfered through by government officials to check for anti-government sentiments, and bloggers and other types of news officials are severely at risk for imprisonment if they're found out by the government. It's has shown to be oppressive in other countries', so why would you want it here.
You should be allowed to do or say whatever you want without the government interfering. You shouldn't have to worry about getting arrested for downloading some music. If we let this go on then eventually everything even remotely politically incorrect will be censored and the people with different opinions will be oppressed.
There is no reason for internet censorship. What we can't get in the internet we can get at libraries, magazines, and books. Might as well ban them all too. Then ban all art, museums, farms, and whole cities too. They all contain the same thing the internet does.
There are programs that can manually censor things for people who want to keep their ignorance. It is not the job of any one entity to censor anything. Who decides what is appropriate or not? It should be each individual's choice. If you don't want your children seeing obscene things, do the job yourself and stop relying the government for something you should already be doing.
Censoring the Internet should be the parents' job whether or not they want their child to surf the net. If people are so scared that their kids will accidentally cross over onto the "dark side" of the Internet, there is always parental locks, and even total ban from the intent! Even if they "don't have tat ability", technology will still keep on growing regardless of the efforts of both the parents and the real terrorists...
By censoring the internet, they'd be taking away the inherent right to freedom of speech. SOPA was a bad idea already. I mean, the more you opress people, the more they'll push back. Take down a torrent site, a new one pops up. Block something to people under 18, they'll just lie about their age. It's useless.
The internet is not owned by anyone. It is a place of free information that anyone may access whenever they want. Limitations is like saying lets just give in a little and maybe they will stop. People tried that in WWII and millions of people died. You cannot trust corporate funded corrupt politicians with you freedom. Obscene is only arbitrary, what offends you does not offend me in the slightest. If you don't like it then don't use it. No one is holding a gun to your held and telling you to watch porn. With censorship, it only gives the government more power to do as they please. Just because I don't like Christians I should be able to shut down all religious sites?