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The Internet and Age Restrictions

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avatar Purple_Unicornz
Level 30 : Artisan Narwhal
Hello ____! I've been having some trouble of thinking about you guys, if you see my other blogs I don't directly talk towards you guys, my audience (I know, you're not all "guys". Calm yourself). Let's get into this interwebby and age and maturity kind of stuff!

Introduction and Background Snuff:

By definition, the internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks that use the standard Internet protocol suite to serve billions of users worldwide. The first development of the internet can be traced back to 1958, but the first online networks were developed and put into the "system" in 1966 as a part of the ARPA network program. The World Wide Web (a network of computer networks, NOT the Internet - different snuff) only came online and into play in 1993. Ask your parents, they most likely didn't have "the Internet" or computers when they were kids.

This all started and blew up when age-restrictions on the internet popped up. You had to be a specific age which they would determine from the age or the year you said you were born in your member profile thingy when you made your account. They have this on sites like YouTube, and Facebook. (On YouTube you have to be 18+ years old to watch R or inappropriately deamed footage that is posted. On Facebook, you actually have to be 13 years old to make an account).

Why Were Age Restrictions Put in Place?:

Age restrictions and softwares like SafeSearch on Google and other softwares targeted for family friendly internet use were put in place to protect small children (or people under 18 years old) from pornographic or vulgar internet websites, photos, images, text, and ect. Some smart parent saw their son or daughter on the internet and realised their kid was on a really innapropriate site for their age.

The parent said,"Ummm, son? What are you looking at?".
Kid responds, "I don't know... why didn't you tell me about this stuff?".
Parent: *facepalm* "Get off that and let me call my friend, I'm sure he can fix this... Or you're never going to use that again."

Keep in mind that these "restrictions", weren't really put in place to restrict your freedom, but to protect you. If you're 18+ or mature, I think you know you couldn't have handled the images you might have seen or are looking at now when you were 11.

Pro Age Restriction Reasons and Responses:

Exposing your self in public is illegal in the USA, but people on the internet can do that freely. Going on the internet for extended periods of time is becoming a major part for many tweens, teens, and children in this generation. Do you want your son or daughter, your younger sibling to see someone exposing their "private parts" if you wouldn't allow it in the "real world"? Of course not! These "age restrictions" aren't restrictions, they are little internet guardians who protect your "little" ones from harm.

These age restrictions does not only protect kids from inappropriate content, but from websites where there might be an online chat where someone could talk suggestively in a way that is too mature for their age. This prevents meet ups with people who could possibly harm them. There have been many events where that has been the case.

Quotes from Debate.org:

Against Age Restrictions and Responses:

How can content be "rated" as inappropriate for a specific age group? Who has the authority to decide what you are mature enough to see, or not to see? That is exactly it! No one actually has the power to determine what you are capable of seeing, hearing, or interacting with because everyone is different. Yes the majority of the people who are usually restricted are not ready to handle the content, but their are individuals who are ready, and these restrictions are bothersome. Is it fair to restrict one person in order to protect many others? Let their parents restrain their children and rule what they may see on the internet.

The internet is a symbol of freedom, why restrict the exact thing it stands for? Of course you could make a fake account and lie about your age to get past the age restrictions, what if you're on YouTube and you want to watch a clip that is restricted because of your real age. Age restrictions prevent a lot of lawsuits from parents, but it also creates quite a few as well for people who think they rights to freedom are being oppressed.

More Quotes from Debate.org

On a Personal Note:

I believe that it is okay for the parents or guardians of someone under 18 years old, have the right the restrict what the child/teenager may view, see, or post on the internet. Sure when your 18, you can do whatever you want. You have become an adult and it is now your responsibility to make educated choices for your life. When your a kid, trust your parents, they're only trying to protect you.

My parents did restrict what movies I could watch, only when I passed a certain age I could watch that recommended age to watch it in. For example, I only started watching PG-13 rated movies when I turned 13. I restricted myself too after encountering a, "mature" photo when I looked up minecraft memes. I was like "Umm...(Turms SafeSearch on Google on and keeps it there forever). So I turned on Safe Search by my own judgement. Yes, my parents also restricted my internet use, but that got through, so I put an extra layer of internet protection for my own good.

You may think you are mature enough to see vulgar or mature content when you are under 18, I would respect your parents' judgement, (you're probably under their roof so it would be a good idea) but if you truly believe you are mature enough; you should be able to make that decision by yourself, shouldn't you?.

Signing off,

Purple Unicornz

o ®Peace out my Unicornzo ®

01/06/2013 5:19 pm
Level 65 : High Grandmaster Modder
But game age restrictions should be put down
01/06/2013 5:53 pm
Level 3 : Apprentice Ranger
Are you kidding me?!?!?! Everyone knows video games cause violence. Just look at Virginia Tech. he play CS:S He trained of that game. I am a devout christian and the bible says that Violence leads to more violence. Look at Bin Laden, He was an avid video game player and look at all those people he killed. Kids need to learn their place and go to church every sunday. Then they need to go to a christian school so they can learn to live the word of God and all this disgusting vulgar media should be taken and burned. Then the world will be a much better place. Also Kids are exposed to violence in TV too. They watch all these Left-Wing TV Shows that depict this violence. I saw a study by Fox News that showed that violence has been on the rise for the last decade - especially in young teens like yourselfs. You know what? It's time to repent your sins and become a good Christian. Tell your parents you want to go to church every sunday and want to repent and pray to the lord to repent your sins. The left wing media is the cause and they need to be censored. Obama needs to be impeached and video games should be burned and replaced with bibles.
01/06/2013 6:05 pm
Level 65 : High Grandmaster Modder
Im not religous and im not going to bash at anything you beleive in.
But people need to differentiate between media and real life, If you think you can go around burning drug fields with flamethrowers in real life you've got a problem.
Its not the media, its the consumers fualt.
01/06/2013 6:11 pm
Level 3 : Apprentice Ranger
Leave the good-god worshiping belivers who see the light out of it. The left wingers are the problem . They think that we will stand for it. We will not let our kids be corrupted by your evil ways of bringing violence into our homes. There needs to be censorship on the internet and TV
03/07/2013 2:23 pm
Level 12 : Journeyman Spelunker
God doesn't exist
01/06/2013 5:28 pm
Level 30 : Artisan Narwhal
Totally, we are allowed to see way more violent movies than CoD or MW3 that are rated like PG-13 and stuff
01/06/2013 3:52 am
Level 3 : Apprentice Ranger
Do your parent's know that you are doing this?
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