WHY THE AGE VERIFICATION SYSTEM FOR PORN SITES IS FUNDAMENTALLY DOOMED TO FAILURE

Why The Age Verification System For Porn Sites Is Fundamentally Doomed To Failure
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WHY THE AGE VERIFICATION SYSTEM FOR PORN SITES IS FUNDAMENTALLY DOOMED TO FAILURE



Written by Oscar Henson
17 Monday 17th July 2017

Today the government announced plans to introduce mandatory age checks for all pornography websites, starting April 2018.

Details of the precise nature of the checks are unconfirmed, but suggestions have included introducing mandatory credit card checks, with heavy fines chargable to sites that fail to comply. 

Since announcing the plans, a number of individuals involved have vocally criticised the government's plans.

"It seems to me to be a very premature date," commented Dr Victoria Nash, lead author of a report commissioned in the run-up to the law being drafted.

"The idea you can get a regulatory body up and running in that timeframe seems extraordinary to me.

"And while I don't have a problem with asking these companies to act responsibly, I don't see it as a solution to stopping minors seeing pornography."

 

 

"It may make it harder for children to stumble across pornography, especially in the younger age range, but it will do nothing to stop determined teenagers," Dr Nash concluded.

Reading the plans now, one can’t help but agree that the idea is fundamentally doomed to failure – and for two simple reasons.

 

1. Teenagers are cleverer than adults

The main problem with tasking politicians to introduce IT solutions of any kind is that kids are and always will be way more technologically advanced than their parents. How do adults expect to control teenage internet usage when, according to a recent study, 71% of parents still rely on their kids for IT advice?   

It’s a well established fact that kids are way better at adapting to new technologies than their parents. Kids have more time on their hands to play with new devices, and a massive pool of mates to share new information with. They are naturally more curious and less risk-averse than adults, so are better equipped to tackle problems head on and educate themselves about the bits they don’t understand.

Most teenagers reading about the new age caps will already have in mind about a zillion potential routes for weedling around them. Proxy servers? VPNs? Anybody with access to the internet and a healthy interest in Game of Thrones will be well acquainted with these terms (Ms May, if you’re reading this – would you please) and if they aren’t then they’ll most definitely know somebody who can help them.

For better or for worse, society in the age of the internet is a heaving metropolis of noise and filth - and the kids are in possession of the keys to the city.

 

2. Teenagers are horny

Do you remember being 15?

I do. I knew the precise time-point of every pair of boobs in every film I owned, and spent a good year of my life frantically trying to put my penis inside and on top of practically every reachable object and surface in my room.

Ms. May – you have met your maker.  

 

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