4 women, 4 generations, 4 perceptions… of porn! – III

4 women, 4 generations, 4 perceptions… of porn!

3. Are regulatory measures (UK example) enough to protect minors from viewing +18 content?

 

Ms Boomer: Our youngsters can and will access what they want, like I did all those years ago in Amsterdam, if they have a bit of initiative and no matter how much their parents put child locks on their lives. There seems to be such an unnecessary emphasis and hype on porn right now through Fifty Shades of Grey and its legacy.
50 shades of grey

Ms Liberation: First of all – recent media attention around this issue in the UK has been conveniently skewed to muddle the message, which only makes matters much worse! I get so mad, when the media deliberately joins and confuses child access to porn and child pornography in the same headline or news item. This is nothing but detrimental to the overall objective!

Second of all, I believe that:

  1. There is only a limited amount that regulations, industries and governments can do to control access to +18 materials (which, lets not forget, includes violent movies and gambling) and;
  2. Easy to access adult materials that are extreme, in excess or deviant, can indeed skew the perceptions of what ‘real sex’ is for those who have never had ‘real sex’ and therefore, access should be controlled as much as possible
  3. At the same time, consenting adults in a free world, should be able to make a decision for themselves, be able to explore their sexuality and easily identify that they WANT to and can access this type of content

That said, I believe that the key to the best outcome for ALL points above, without a doubt, is far better education for parents!

Generations Y & Z are classified as ‘natives’ of digital technology, they were born with it and grew up with it, whereas Ms Boomer and myself are considered ‘immigrants’, we have had to learn or be taught. At the end of the day, without proper training of what is even possible in a digital environment, how can we possibly make informed decisions and actions in order to protect those we love, who have lived and socialised within a digital environment all of their lives?

Ms Digital: No, work most definitely must be done at home. I’ll never forget how my mum used to say to me “some things deform rather than inform”, meaning I should have access to things according to my age so I could understand them and not be damaged by them.

She did indeed control what I was exposed to until I was old enough to fully understand the context and decide for myself.  I’m incredibly grateful for that, not only did she protect me when necessary but she also shaped a sensible adult. So from my point of view it’s more of a family job than a government one. Of course, regulations must be in place, so everyone has a ‘rule book’ to follow, but it is the parents who need to do the legwork for best results.

Miss Teen Queen: No not at all, all teenagers have access to the internet at home and on their mobiles and in a lot of cases, the parents don’t really know about parental controls or restrictions, so essentially, the more tech savvy kids can pretty much do what they like.

A mobile device never leaves the hand of a teenager. We live our whole lives on mobile, so parents would really need to be on the ball to set up the necessary blocks. I believe most parents, don’t really know much about how to do this. Sky appears to have good parental controls, but again, they are useless unless the parents understand them and have set them up.  Even if all these measures have been taken in your own home, chances are you can go round to a friends’ house to watch +18 content as their parents may be more easy going about what their kids watch.

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