A waste of everyone’s time and money?

A column in The Guardian asks if web filters are just a waste of everyone’s time and money and a 16 year old Australian cracked the countries filtering software. Rather than implement a national firewall-type filtering system Australia makes filtering software available for free hoping that parents will restrict what their children can view online.

Which raises the question: wouldn’t traditional parenting skills – such as talking to your children and teaching them about safe searching and surfing and being honest about sex and internet content – be a lot more effective, better-tailored and cheaper than huge government initiatives?

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