Monday, 24 November 2014

Automatic Parental Controls

So my internet got really messed up last Friday and really that was the worst time for it to happen. My internet service provider decided to add automatic parental controls to my internet which means that some of the websites I frequent are now blocked to me.
Well fuck you too BT
To be honest I heard they were rolling this out ages ago and thought that it had passed me by and I wouldn't be subject to it. I guess I was just late to be added to the list. It's also possible that someone in my family turned them on but the only person who would is my sister and she has a completely separate ISP now she's moved out. At least I think she does.

Automatic parental controls has become a thing by a lot of ISPs these days and a lot of them block perfectly legitimate sites. I'm not actually trying to access porn or anything like that. This kind of automatic blocking bothers me. Especially something like automatic parental controls. Seriously all you're doing is impeding the people who don't have children or who don't want parental controls even if they have children. It's not the ISPs responsibility to set up parental controls. I set up controls myself on the computers my nieces use and I feel parents should do the same rather than let someone else do it for them automatically. It's going to take days to turn these off because even though I changed my password and can log on to my BT mail, a BT ID is a totally different thing and I'm going to need to wait for a letter from BT so I can set a second one up. My phone has also had these settings put on them by Vodafone.

God damn it.

Have you been hit by automatic parental controls? How do you feel about them? 

7 comments:

  1. Seriously, I don't understand this automatic blocking. We should be able to choose ourselves.

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  2. I don't understand the automatic blocking either. Censorship taken too far.

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  3. Wow I didn't know about these, annoying for sure...and kids will find a way.

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  4. Yeah, I don't get this either. Thankfully, we don't have this here (yet). If I want controls, I'll install them my damn self. But as it stands, I'm a 30 year old guy with no kids and if I want to read messed up content or watch some Brazilian fart porn then dammit I'm gonna do it.

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  5. What the fuck is that? Surely you can disable it, would seem a tad on the "near illegal" side otherwise.

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  6. I have never heard of automatic parental controls until now, I don't know how I feel about them maybe would be good for some families but you need to be able to disable them if children do not use your computer

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  7. Huh. We don't have that in the U.S. At least, I don't think we do.

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