Culture, Media and Sport CommitteeWritten evidence submitted by Phil Alexander

Children nowadays have the ability to access large quantities of very useful information effectively replacing the large and space-taking encyclopaedias of days passing.

What ruins the good that we appreciate is the low down, corrupting content that even adults are safer without.

As a parent of four children I would welcome a large padlock on all content that was unsuitable to children, the key to which would also be locked away.

Please could the Government urgently developing a secure firewall and legislate a mandatory download that blocked such content and the owners of computers that feel they must defile themselves, would have to apply to a Government watchdog?

Why do less than half of our parents have blocks on home computers? If the parents aren’t bothered, pity help the children.

I appeal to the pity there is in the House, to have the heart to get this cracked.

September 2013

Prepared 18th March 2014