Mitt Romney, one member of the mob running for President, has offered an incredibly naive proposal to make the web safe for kids.
And I want to make sure that every new computer sold in this country after I become president has installed on it a filter to block all pornography, and that parents can click that filter and make sure their kids don’t see that kind of stuff coming into their computer.
Ok. Who gets to decide what is to be filtered? Romney certainly isn’t the one to do it since he doesn’t seem to know the difference between MySpace and YouTube.
“YouTube is a website that allows kids to network with one another and make friends and contact each other,” Romney explained. “YouTube looked to see if they had any convicted sex offenders on their web site. They had 29,000.”
So, if we do require this filter, how do we get parents to click it? Surveys show that most of them don’t use the V-chip to block TV shows, largely because they haven’t learned how.
There’s certainly nothing wrong with parents using filtering software to limit use of the web by their kids. In fact, I wish more of them would.
If a parent learns to properly set up and configure the software, it probably means they are taking an active role in guiding their children’s use of the web, and likely in other areas as well.
However, this big brother idea, like others floating around the legislative process, is largely driven by ignorance and fear of the unknown and which has little chance of succeeding.
Rather than suggesting that people educate themselves about the web and take the responsibility to manage it in their own homes, Romney offers this overly simplistic, sound byte solution.
One which would push the government even further into the censorship business.