“Children will be blocked from watching online porn under new laws forcing websites to get proof users are aged 18” by Sam Webb

Sam Webb shares important changes that the UK is proposing. Pornographic websites may now have to verify that the user is 18 plus. This is an excerpt from a recent article published by The Daily Mail. The source of this excerpt is http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2608857/Children-blocked-watching-online-porn-new-laws-forcing-websites-proof-users-aged-18.html

People who want to watch pornography will have to prove they are 18 under new Government proposals to stem children’s exposure to online sex.

New laws are being drawn up that will force adults to prove their age with credit card details or other documents before they can access porn sites.

image courtesy of The Daily Mail

image courtesy of The Daily Mail

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is also looking at ways to force overseas providers, such as the popular Luxembourg-based site Pornhub, to adopt similar controls.

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Rachel O’Connell, an adviser to the DCMS, says parents need all the help they can get to regulate their children’s time online.

‘It has become impossible and arguably unhealthy for a parent to monitor all aspects of their digital life,’ she, told the Sunday Times.

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The news about the Government plans comes soon after reports that one in four young people first view porn at age 12 or under, causing concern for parents.

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More than 1,000 16-21 year-olds were asked by ICM about their experiences of online pornography for the documentary, ‘Porn: What’s The Harm?’ on BBC Three, and more than half the respondents thought that online pornography affects what young men and women expect from sex – with the majority (74 per cent) thought it particularly affected men’s expectations.

This is a significantly shortened excerpt. To read the full article, please visit The Daily Mail website http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2608857/Children-blocked-watching-online-porn-new-laws-forcing-websites-proof-users-aged-18.html

Sam Webb is a journalist for The Daily Mail.