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24 February 2007

Safeguard the Web for Children

FACT: Children today are often left alone with a computer and sometimes visit pornographic sites accidentally. I'm not a parent but exposure to sexual images can warp their innocent and delicate minds to an extent that could affect their future behaviour. Something had to be done about this and my blogger friend Mihaela Lica has my full support for this great initiative. Basically, Blogger Power, is an open letter to all adult website owners:

"Please require a password-protected login before allowing even free access to explicit adult content. We understand that selling porn is your business and we respect your right to make a legal living. But understand our legitimate concerns and work with us. You already have the “warning adult content” on your websites. Yet kids, who are not legal customers of your product, ignore the warning. So to prevent them from having direct access to explicit images, texts and sounds, the simplest way is to have a password-protected login. No more 'free tours' before a visitor supplies basic information."

Protect the innocent. As a graphic designer, I have previously shown my support by creating a special artwork (favicon) for this just cause, but that isn't enough to make me sleep in peace at nights. Like Jon Harmon said "These web site operators are not the kind of people who are easily shamed out of bad behavior." We need all bloggers to encourage adult sites to do the right thing and keep children safe.

Your voice matters. As you might already know, I'm not a fan of blog memes because they usually don't refer to relative content but are merely created to have search engine optimization effects. However, this is not a campaign against pornography as a whole. Nor it is not about restricting legitimate free speech and legal commerce. This is just a common sense request to protect the kids. For that reason, I urge the following 20 bloggers to help with their support entries:

You can join this campaign by writing about it on your blog and tag 20 others, even if you haven’t been tagged. Let's show them the Blogger Power!

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