4. What are your thoughts on controlling access to porn and other adult programming, gaming, gambling, etc?
Ms Boomer: Like Amsterdam, left alone the market will saturate, people will become desensitised and it will loose hype and popularity or at least reduce to ‘normal’ proportions. Drive it underground through prohibition and you will see an even bigger revival that we are seeing right now. Porn is legal in our societies and if David Cameron manages to get it banned, it will see its greatest revival yet. It is a massive industry and always will be. Let those who want to use it, use it and teach your children the difference between ‘real’ and ‘fantasy’.
Ms Liberation: I believe it’s a totally unrealistic objective! Something amazing happened back in 2003, when adult wap sites first started appearing in the UK. The industry got together and found a way to control access by joining the forces of the Mobile Network Operators, independent regulators and the adult industry before this budding new entertainment channel became too big to manage.
Therefore, on mobile, there have already been access controls for many years and because they’ve always been there, consumers know they must identify themselves in order to access content. Because of this, the system works, the industry makes it’s money, minors are protected, MNO’s benefit commercially from adult entertainment whilst ticking all the boxes related to positive brand association and responsibility for their customers and everyone is happy.
Trying to achieve this same result in something so vast and open as the Internet is logistically impossible and will only result in serious economic consequences for the UK as well as on-going problems with non-adult sites getting banned! It just doesn’t work on any level.
Which takes us back to the only sensible route. Educating parents and those who care for and educate children and giving them the tools they need to control access themselves!
Ms Digital: It should definitely be controlled. Consenting adults will always be able to access it but their kids will be protected, and so will be the industry for that matter! Which is why there are multiple non-profit organisations with mostly adult companies as their members who focus on protecting minors and responsible, ethical production of adult entertainment. Some people need to finally understand such industries don’t get richer by exposing the under aged to their products and have as much interest as the government in restricting access for minors!
Miss Teen Queen: It is always a good idea to have some level of access control and I believe certain controls should be in place where they make sense to do so and when implemented in a sensible way. However, at the end of the day, it all comes down to the parents taking responsibility to protect their children and the access that they have.