Time to face facts: we can’t stop kids from watching porn

IT’s time we talked about pornography. In fact, the sensible time to talk about it would have been a couple of years ago, when the Digital Economy Bill was beginning its passage through parliament. Now – mere weeks before this UK-wide legislation is due to be implemented – feels much too late.

From next month, in theory, it should not be possible for anyone in the UK to watch online pornography without first proving they are over 18. I say in theory, because at this late stage no-one seems at all sure how age verification will work, how the privacy of adult viewers will be protected, or what (if anything) will be done to stop web-savvy teenagers finding ways around whatever systems are put in place.

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