MP Calls For Age Opt-In For Online Porn

A Conservative MP has called for ISPs to utilise an opt-in age verification system to control children’s access to Internet pornography.

Claire Perry MP for Devizes in Wiltshire, proposed the idea in a commons debate, making the claim that ISPs should “share the responsibility” for protecting children online.

Perry, a mother of three herself, said: "We already successfully regulate British TV channels, cinema screens, High Street hoardings and newsagent shelves to stop children seeing inappropriate images and mobile phone companies are able to restrict access to adult material so why should the Internet be any different?"

According to the BBC, one in three children under the age of 10 have seen pornography online.

Other countries have already experimented with legislative control over what children can and cannot access online. China last year made it mandatory for new computers to come with a pre-installed programme that specifically restricted children’s access to online pornography, although the project has now been dropped as the measures were unenforceable.

MPs will now debate what methods can be explored to further protect online users under 18.