United Kingdom to enforce porn site age checks from April 2018

Brunilde Fioravanti
Luglio 17, 2017

An NSPCC spokesperson told Alphr: "Watching online pornography can have a deeply damaging effect on children and teenagers development, both in how they think and behave". So, the aim is to stop them from fantasizing something that is not meant for their immature minds. The British Board of Film and Classification, which sets age limits for films, DVDs and computer games, is set to have its remit expanded to include enforcing age-verification on x-rated sites.

Ahead of this, he claimed authorities were "taking the next step" to ensure there is a legal requirement for adult websites to ensure content is "behind an age verification control".

Mr Hancock said: "All this means that while we can enjoy the freedom of the web, the United Kingdom will have the most robust internet child protection measures of any country in the world".

Users may be asked to provide credit card details, as gambling websites do. Current filtering systems class up to 4m websites as sexual.

According to the Mail on Sunday, sites could also face £250,000 fines for failing to comply.

If the porn website is not ready to apply the new system to their website, then it is possible that the appointed regulator may block their website.

Hancock is expected to make a statement to the House of Commons today.

The Government also plans to appoint a regulator to police sex websites. But the charity said that the new measures did not go far enough and there was a need for additional protection for under-18s on social media. Will Gardner, chief executive of internet safety charity Childnet said: "Steps like this to help restrict access, alongside the provision of free parental controls and education, are key".

"It is essential to help parents and carers, as well as young people, be more aware of this risk and what they can do to prevent exposure and also to make sense of exposure if it happens".

According to a report a year ago by the NSPCC, children are more prone to check out such explicit websites when they are able to access them without any restrictions.

A 2016 study by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) said that 48 percent of 11- to 16-year-olds it questioned had viewed online pornography. It found that 28% had accidentally encountered porn online while browsing, while 19% has purposefully looked for it.

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