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Should children’s internet use be filtered? Multi-stakeholder prudishness impedes open deliberation

August 2, 2013

At the recently held Safer Internet Forum in Brussels, teenagers and their parents expressed strong views against filtering tools. It seems that no-one likes the language of control (as in ‘parental controls’). Kids wish to be trusted, guided, and have their rights respected. Parents wish to trust, though they also wish to be informed and supported. The result was legitimate and important advocacy for open, honest and unembarrassed communication between parents and children. So perhaps filtering tools are unnecessary? An interesting article by Sonia Livingstone on LSE Media Policy Project (read more)

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