<ObEditorialNote> I want to see this hit the front page, only because I think it'll get roasted :-)... </ObEdNote>
The Internet is very useful. Just like freeways are. The Internet can be a dangerous. Just like freeways can be. Children will use the Internet as adults. The same with freeways.
Gee. Thanks for making the equation that maybe seeing a nekkid person is as dangerous as being hit by a semi at 80 mph. Uh-huh.
Or maybe it's not the nekkid people that you're worried about? Maybe it's the fact that the internet allows anyone to speak their mind, and not just those with certain (i.e., your) viewpoints?
If you shelter your children, you'll get adults who don't know how to defend themselves.
The question is, "What are we doing to make the freeways safe for children to play in?" Answer is, NOTHING! Freeways are not playgrounds. And, as it turns out, neither is the Internet.
The internet can be a playground, or a library, or whatever. I was on the internet when I was nine. I'm well adjusted. I haven't killed anyone. I haven't unprotected sex (mainly cuz I can't get laid, but that's beside the point), and don't exhibit violent tendencies. On a side note, I love extremely bloody and violent video games.
The reason why I'm so well adjusted after all of that baaaad and damaging input? MY PARENTS PAID ATTENTION TO WHAT I DID! If I did something that they didn't approve of, they told me. If I had questions about something, they answered them. At the same time, the let me have freedom to do and see what I wanted to do and see. As a result, I had a much greater base of general knowledge than others my age.
Children who're interested in computers must be given access to computers. Not computer networks. If children need to research material for school projects, they should use encyclopedias. They're clean, wholesome and safe.
Why shouldn't they be able to access their encyclopedia on the internet? Britannica.com is wholesome and safe too! :-) If you don't think that your kids will be doing wholesome things while on the internet, (wow, here's a fscking revolutionary idea...) WATCH THEM! They'll be a whole lot less enthused over the idea of going to penthouse.com if their parent is watching them over their shoulder.
Oh wait. All this requires that the parents get off of their collective asses and pay attention to their children. Never mind then.
You should reverse the fish in my e-mail address