Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Turn off, tune out, be safe. Man.

Yet another story entreating us to think of the children.
More than half of children in the UK using the internet have had an "unwanted experience", a poll suggests.

Really? Well, let's face it, it's not just the children, is it? I have had a number of unwanted experiences because I keep seeing stories that remind me that NuLabour are still in power, that Gordon Brown isn't dead, that Cameron is an arsehole and, worst of all, twice a week I get an unwanted reminder that Polly Toynbee still spouts utter, utter shit.

In short, every single day I surf the web, I am reminded that fucking socialists still exist, which is, as far as I am concerned, a unwanted experience.
The NSPCC found 50.4% of 2,053 children had experienced problems such as bullying, being threatened or sexually harassed while online.

As Dizzy pointed out in reference to that extraordinary story about a "rape" occuring in the virtual world of Second Life, they can always log off the bloody thing.
It is concerned about the popularity of social networking sites such as Bebo or MySpace, which it says 52% of children aged 11-16 use once a day.

The NSPCC says these could heighten children's exposure to abusive people.

Well, that'll prepare them for real life in Blair's Britain, eh? Besides, in my experience, it's usually the children that are abusive anyway.

But, of course, won't somebody think of the children?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

The NSPCC is an organization due a bigger looking-at than it gets, but it is always difficult as it is held in particular public affection.

It's underlying agenda is rather nasty; it sees parents in general and fathers in particular as the biggest danger to children. The remedy, of course, being more money to the NSPCC, and greater state interference in the family.

In practice the NSPCC doesn't do as much hands-on preventative support as you might imagine; it tends to keep its money for lobbying. As it can always claim 'confidentiality' we never really see any identified children saying 'the NSPCC helped my dad get off drugs, my mum to recover from a breakdown, and kept my family together by paying for home carer to look after my disabled brother.' Instead, there is always the claim, but never the proof, that they are 'preventing abuse'.

As we have seen in cases such as Climbie the NSPCC can't be bothered to do actual work for the money. It is so much easier to blame the Social Services department and in subsequent enquiries they usually escape examination because people are asking where the tax money went, not 'how come these tin-rattling tossers are still claiming charitable status?'

They also waste stupid amounts of money on their anti-smacking campaign, which has less to do with protecting children than trying to demonize parents. What I resent most about that campaign is that it brings out some deeply peculiar people on both sides and tries to drag in to public law that which should be a matter for the parents involved and nobody else.

JuliaM said...

"The NSPCC is an organization due a bigger looking-at than it gets, but it is always difficult as it is held in particular public affection."

Just like the RSPCA...

Shotgun said...

Little bastards should grow up and stop being such fucking whimps..ot's a good fucking hiding they need to teach them.

Unity said...

I'm not surprising so many young people have had a bad experience visiting sites like Bebo.

Juts had a look myself and, so far as I can see, it appears to be an online dyslexics' convention.

Andy Cooke said...

I note that they've slid a number of issues together:
The NSPCC found 50.4% of 2,053 children had experienced problems such as bullying, being threatened or sexually harassed while online.

So, does this mean if 50% of children in state schools have experienced bullying (probably an underestimate) and that one child somehwere has been sexually harassed by his/her teacher, we can say that:

"More than half of children at state schools have experienced problems such as bullying or sexual harassment by teachers"

Guido Faux said...

"unwanted experience"

So the little fuckers were searching for porn and up popped net-nanny.

Big deal. At least they will be motivated to learn how to hack and actually learn something.

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