Send Letter about Filtering to your ISP – Act Now!

If you agree that our Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) should provide filtering of pornography themselves as a tool to us to help us restrict access of this material by children within our own homes then let them know.  Nothing works better or faster than consumer pressure, especially if that consumer shows a willingness to move ISP should another introduce the filter first. Beneath the letter are the contact details for the various major ISPs.

Ed Vaizey, the minister for culture will be meeting with the ISPs again on the 18th May, and it would be great for these letters to arrive before that meeting. More about this can be found on Safermedia.

There are three simple things that you can do to help with this now:

  • Amend and print out the letter shown below and send it to your ISP (list if ISP addresses given beneath the letter). Email is good, but a sending a hard copy is better.
  • Send the same letter to your MP asking for their support as well.
  • Spread the word – Like the Facebook post about this, tell your friends, give copies of the letter to them etc.

The Letter:

Dear
URGENT NEED FOR AN ‘OPT IN’ ISP-LEVEL PORNOGRAPHY FILTER
As one of your customers, I would like to draw your attention to this absolutely vital issue. I am glad that you and many other ISPs will be attending a meeting with the Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey MP, in the House of Commons on 18 May regarding the introduction of ISP-level filters to block internet pornography. I believe this would be the best way for the industry to support parents and help us all ensure that children cannot access pornography. This is particularly urgent in view of the fact that technological convergence means it is now possible for internet pornography to be easily viewed on television.
I understand that research clearly indicates that viewing pornography leads to an acceptance of violent and unhealthy notions of sex and relationships, where the objectification of women and aggressive sexual behaviour are the norm.
This is why I strongly support the initiative, suggested by Claire Perry MP, to switch the default setting for internet pornography into our homes to ‘off’, so that it is an ‘opt-IN’ system. Please note:
This is not censorship, as an age verification system would allow over 18s to still be able to opt IN and have their supply of pornography restored on request. 
  • Only an opt-IN system (and not opt-OUT) will provide the safest level of protection that is so urgently needed (Opt-OUT would still put the onus on fallible users to take action to have the porn blocked).
  • This would be family-friendly and likely to attract more customers.
I urge you to support this ‘opt-in’ filter as robustly as possible at the meeting on 18 May, and also apply it to all your services and for all your customers without delay. It is so important to protect our children and young people that if this does not happen, I will change my broadband to an ISP that does implement an opt-in filter. Please let me know what you plan to do.
Yours sincerely,

Signature and Name:
My address:

The ISP Addresses

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3 Responses to “Send Letter about Filtering to your ISP – Act Now!”

  1. Cam-Shaft Says:

    I agree with most of this letter. However I studied the media at University and wrote my dissertation on media violence and it’s relationship with Christians. In my research I found that although media violence can cause the audience to have a rush of adrenaline, or make us feel something superficial for a short period of time (e.g. you see something on TV that makes you angry) it does not cause someone to become violent as a personality trait. If you look at the stories of people who are said to have been influenced by the media, you will find that there is a lot more going on than just the media and the media is only a very small part of that. Of course people who are violent or sadistic seek out certain material but it does not make them that way, they are already that way, hence why they seek it out. The same can be said about other aspects of the media such as sex, etc. We are tempted by porn because something inside us wants to look at it. It’s time we stop using the media as a scapegoat and accept that the problem is our sin.

    However that does not mean that we should not try to control the media’s limits on taste and decency as negative image, etc can still cause short term distress, particularly in children (causing nightmares, etc).

    Also the best way to deal with our temptation is to run from it and by using this ‘opt in’ scheme, it will help us block the temptation.

    But lets remember, the root issue is not the media, they just supply a demand, if there was no demand they would not supply it. The problem is our sin and we should (like here) force the media to not encourage it.

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  2. Peterthewomble Says:

    This seems like a lovely form of newspeak, traditionally an ‘opt in’ service is one which you as the recipient of the service, would opt in to using, i.e. you would specifically choose to use it, you have opted in, and everyone who has not specifically chosen to use it has not opted in and is therefore out.

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