Two weeks ago, I took part in a panel discussion on child safety online, and also did a video interview on the subject for Vieuws.eu.
The internet is generally speaking very much safer for children than the physical world, even if it is true that some of the problems of the physical world are sometimes reflected on the internet.
The biggest internet related threat to our children is that they might inherit a society with less freedom than the one we got from our parents, if we allow well-meaning but misguided politicians to introduce censorship and general surveillance on the net. We know for a fact that the copyright industry is deliberately using child porn as an argument to introduce censorship on the net, as the thin wedge to get censorship accepted as a principle, to help them get file sharing sites censored.
“We want the same laws, and in particular the same fundamental rights, applied on the internet as in the rest of society,” I say in the interview.
Watch the interview at vieuws.eu (4 min)