Dirty websites to do more to stop minors watching smut

27 October 2014

porn The internet is filled with mucky stuff, but now, dirty websites are being asked to do more with regards to verifying the age of people accessing adult material, as there are too many underage people looking at bongo films.

Mobile phone companies and credit card firms are going to now ensure that someone proves they're older than 18 to get access to explicit material - unless of course, they're just looking at naughty pictures that come up on Google Images. No-one will be policing Google, that's for sure.

This is all because a study showed that one in 20 visitors to adult sites are under 18.

The research for Atvod shows that 6% of people aged 15 or under had been looking at adult-material online over the course of a month and that 112,000 minors accessed PornHub from the UK.

Atvod said that young people using porn sites was an issue so urgent that it was 'critical the legislation is enacted during this Parliament.'

These new plans don't just cover smutty sites, but also places that sell guns and other age restricted things. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is working on the plans with Treasury minister Andrea Leadsom.  A DCMS spokesman said: "We take the issue of child safety online very seriously and have set out a series of robust measures, including family friendly filters, to help keep children safe online."

"We are always looking at ways to build on these measures to make children even safer."

There is a small snag though - these rules will only cover UK-based websites, and seeing as most dirty films are made, distributed and hosted outside of the UK, it won't be making a blind bit of difference to most porn-lovers.

1 comment

  • seb
    i think many (reasonably compos mentis) adults may be disinclined to provide their real life identities to pay p**n sites (which are often run by criminals).

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