Negligent breeder’s lament
Internet is public space.
Internet is not your nanny.
The world has no obligation to make itself a nursery to your specifications.
Watch your damn child!
Internet is not for children! If you allow your child…
Watch your fucking kid. The Internet is not a place for children. No one has to censor themselves just because you want to shield your kid. Want to shield your kid? Don’t let them surf the net unsupervised. Dumb shit.
I guess we’ll stop laws about showing pornographic images to children offline too because *gasp* ~censorship~ (guarantee all the people posting this shit online are well aware it’s easy for kids who like the show to stumble across, so they’re really not that much better)! I guess we’ll get rid of any rules and regulations offline too, since no one should have to practice any form of self-control and self-censorship on anything they think or desire to do. Yeah, I think that makes a lot of sense. *Eye roll*
As I said in my response, I agree with supervision. This parent practiced some piss poor judgement when it comes to what’s on the Internet, that’s quite obvious. This child shouldn’t have been unsupervised on the Internet, and if she was planning to Google, the parents involved should have searched it before she did. But if you actually think it’s okay for (often violent) pornographic images about a show specifically aimed at children to be distributed online in a way that a child would be able to access, supervised or not, then that’s kind of weird.
It would be like if a child and mom entered the bookstore, the daughter went to the children’s section to look through MLP picture books, and opened them to find (often violent) pornographic images instead. What the hell! This is the children’s section! She picked up a book on a subject produced FOR children! The mother turned away for a few seconds, but is still furious that someone would create a book like that in the first place and then make it available in the children’s section. And then some random person from across the aisle starts shouting at her, “Dumb negligent woman! Watch your kid! People don’t have to censor themselves you know! This is your fault! The world is not a place for children!” And as my followers know, I agree the world isn’t a proper environment for children, but that doesn’t change that millions exist and need to be protected. I guess we could blame the mom in that scenario for not looking through each book before her child picks it up off the shelf, but why should she have to be concerned about what her child might find in a MLP book? That’s ridiculous. In reference to my previous response, the bookstore clerks (search engines!) need to be organizing their shelves better if we’re not going to hold the authors who published the content with certain tags accountable.
No one’s contradicted this, at least not directly, but a lot of this is coming down to the following: The Internet has an impact. The Internet is a part of the world, and it is real life. It is not some magical virtual plane where people shouldn’t be held accountable for the shitty things they do, like publishing pornography of characters under search tags for a show that has been clearly made for the entertainment of young children. Children of any age should be able to browse their child-oriented interests on the web with supervision and without fear of stumbling upon violent sexualized images of their interests. They’re going to use the Internet throughout their lives anyway, and part of teaching people how to use a big part of life is introducing it to them in smaller and progressive steps starting at a younger age. Obviously the Internet “use” of a 4 year old child will/should look much different from that of a child of other ages. Same with the way they spend time at a bookstore.
I hold the opinion that the organization of the Internet needs major reform so that all types of people can safely make use of it. I doubt the Internet is going away any time soon, and it becomes an integral part of people’s lives once they start school anyway. It’s good for a child to already have some working knowledge of the tool, but parents need to be smart about how they teach that.
Fuck, while I may dislike MLP and its fandom, I really have to agree.
The internet is not your goddam free babysitter! Go and watch your fucking crotch fruit or else stuff like this will happen.