Protecting Children through Trigger Phrases

John Reid, British Home Secretary had this to say: A”kite mark” standard is being planned by the home secretary to help protect children from internet paedophiles. John Reid told GMTV he planned a system of approved software so parents could feel assured their child was safe from paedophiles while online. He said the idea was…

John Reid, British Home Secretary had this to say:

A”kite mark” standard is being planned by the home secretary to help protect children from internet paedophiles.

John Reid told GMTV he planned a system of approved software so parents could feel assured their child was safe from paedophiles while online.

He said the idea was to have a system which alerts parents if trigger phrases were used while their child was online.

More details of the measures, which he called “a major step forward”, would be unveiled on Wednesday, he said.

“Protecting children is probably the biggest obligation of a civilised society,” he told GMTV’s Sunday Programme.

I’ll be on a plane on Wednesday, and not around much for a week or so. So if you see details of these “measures” please post here? Thanks darlin’s! (PS Wots a “kite mark”?)

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  1. A Kite Mark appears to be the symbol used in some sort of British Standards certifications scheme.

    Sigh, I’m not convinced that this is the way. I mean, we’re yet to really develop reliable algorithms for filtering spam. I just don’t think the answer will come from censorship/filtering applied at the most local level. Again, going back to the spam analogy, the bad guys will always be more clever and more dedicated to their task than any one team of developers. The good answers will come from the collective genius of a great community.

    The thing that stuck in my craw with this really though was the beautiful piece of rhetoric: “Protecting children is probably the biggest obligation of a civilised society,”. Do people who say things like that actually believe it as it comes out of their mouths? A quick look at wikipedia reveals that somewhere between 20 and 30% of children in the UK live in a poverty stricken houshold. No no, we care. A lot.

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