David Cameron: parents must take responsibility on internet porn

David Cameron says it is up to parents to protect their children from accessing pornography on the internet, rather than the government making drastic changes to the school curriculum. This is from the Guardian

The prime minister admitted he was still “grappling” with how to talk to his own children about the dangers of internet porn.

Sex and relationship education in schools must address internet porn, the prime minister said, but he agreed with education secretary Michael Gove that there was no need for “wholesale reform” of the curriculum.

Speaking on Friday, Cameron said: “We need to make sure we are up to date on the problems of the internet.

“Where I absolutely agree with the education secretary is that I am not looking for wholesale reform of the curriculum on sex education. We should be alert to those points and make those changes, but I don’t think we need wholesale reform.”

On Thursday Gove rejected a call from the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, to upgrade sex education guidelines to keep pace with the explosion in internet porn.

Asked whether parents should play their part in educating children about cyber-porn, rather than leaving the issue to teachers, Cameron said: “We have all got to get involved because of the internet. We all have to learn more about the internet, the dangers of the internet, the issue of access for children.”

Parents needed to be ready to talk to their children about porn and to educate themselves about the use of parental controls to limit what their children could access, he said.

“This is where sex and relationship education at school can help,” he said. “But because so much computer access goes on in the home, I am afraid we are all going to have to get better at understanding all these issues around parental controls.

“We are all going to have to ask ourselves questions about what it is OK for children to access and when. I am grappling with this myself.”

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Are you reassured that the prime minister has made these comments indicating that, ultimately, it is parents rather than schools who need to be responsible for children’s internet usage or do you feel the time is right for schools to play a much greater role via curriculum changes to sex and relationship education that reflect the presence of internet pornography? Please share in the comments or on twitter… 

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Comments

  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Finally, a politician acknowledges the existence of parents rather than insisting that schools do the parenting

  2. genderanded

    Livingstone_S EVAWhd SchoolsImprove this is incredibly problematic re responsibilising parents, especially in relation to class.

  3. LaCatholicState

    SchoolsImprove
    it’s simple….tell children porn is sinful….and to flee from it. Problem almost solved. No need for hand wringing!

  4. rkieran

    Livingstone_S SchoolsImprove Our gov’t and too many in the country are under the false impression all parents can and are prepared to.

  5. LaCatholicState

    rkieran Livingstone_S SchoolsImprove
    wrong…..the government is under the false impression that parents aren’t capable. What a cheek!

  6. RUloveskiing

    LaCatholicState SchoolsImprove eduxarion is key my friend. They have to form their own opinions and make their own decisions.

  7. LaCatholicState

    Susan_Wilde SchoolsImprove
    it’s the Truth! They may not be able to get rid of porn…but they can shun it…as they should.

  8. LaCatholicState

    BramRaider SchoolsImprove
    parents know when exactly to speak to their children regarding this matter! One size does not fit all.

  9. LaCatholicState

    BramRaider SchoolsImprove
    that’s more likely to happen with school sex-ed. Parents bring their own moral perspective. As they should.

  10. RUloveskiing

    LaCatholicState SchoolsImprove agreed. Fully. But as professional educators we have a moral and ethical obligation to society too.

  11. Holly_Christie

    EVAWhd Livingstone_S SchoolsImprove there are too many ways where YP can’t get reached at home. School is the only space…

  12. LaCatholicState

    RUloveskiing SchoolsImprove
    not in this area, or the moral area, you don’t! You are employed to teach algebra etc.

  13. LaCatholicState

    Susan_Wilde SchoolsImprove
    I can…..getting sex-ed at school. Sounds almost as though you want them to look not flee!

  14. RUloveskiing

    LaCatholicState SchoolsImprove oh dear. Very draconian. We are employed to develop and educate young people. Develop citizens.

  15. LaCatholicState

    RUloveskiing SchoolsImprove
    that is the duty of parents..according to their views and beliefs. Teachers must teach factual subjects only

  16. RUloveskiing

    LaCatholicState SchoolsImprove again agree about parents responsibility. But as educators we develop the whole person, not just academia.

  17. RUloveskiing

    LaCatholicState SchoolsImprove if we just did facts then we dont deal with any social issue.No bullying or anything?We must teach morals.

  18. LaCatholicState

    RUloveskiing SchoolsImprove
    parents deal with social issues…according to our own beliefs. We don’t want teachers beliefs!

  19. LaCatholicState

    RUloveskiing SchoolsImprove
    same for morals. Parents teach their own morals to their own children. You have no authority to.

  20. RUloveskiing

    LaCatholicState SchoolsImprove again agreed. Teachers should just give the balanced approach. Not their own opinion. Educate all views.

  21. RUloveskiing

    LaCatholicState SchoolsImprove again, a draconian attitude. Some children are not lucky enough to have the role models at home.

  22. LaCatholicState

    RUloveskiing SchoolsImprove
    Teachers should just teach objective facts in academic subjects….that’s what schools are for!

  23. LaCatholicState

    RUloveskiing SchoolsImprove
    because parents have been told they aren’t fit to educate their children. But it is their primary duty to.

  24. FranabelleXxX

    RUloveskiing think you’re totally right! LaCatholicState is so small minded. Of course it’s a teacher’s duty to develop the whole child!

  25. LaCatholicState

    FranabelleXxX RUloveskiing
    no it isn’t! Teachers are to teach facts…..parents are to develop their child…as they see fit.

  26. LaCatholicState

    stupotwakefield FranabelleXxX RUloveskiing
    facts belong to everybody….and are provable. That’s all I want from teachers…thank you!

  27. stupotwakefield

    LaCatholicState FranabelleXxX RUloveskiing Day after death. “Sir who was Margaret Thatcher?”. How shld a teacher answer?

  28. RUloveskiing

    LaCatholicState stupotwakefield FranabelleXxX vast majority of parents really appreciate the guidance and support we give each individual

  29. stupotwakefield

    LaCatholicState FranabelleXxX RUloveskiing “A late Brit P.M”. “Sir why was she so devisive?” .” Ask your parents”

  30. RUloveskiing

    LaCatholicState stupotwakefield FranabelleXxX heinous in your opinon. Which I respect. But there are lots out there that are different.

  31. RUloveskiing

    LaCatholicState stupotwakefield FranabelleXxX and this is key. Educate the whole individual so they can make their own decisions.

  32. LaCatholicState

    RUloveskiing stupotwakefield FranabelleXxX
    parents still have a DUTY to educate their children. They must not neglect it..or be told to

  33. LaCatholicState

    RUloveskiing stupotwakefield FranabelleXxX
    Parents educate their children….to follow their beliefs. Teachers must NEVER!

  34. LaCatholicState

    RUloveskiing stupotwakefield FranabelleXxX
    you just want to impart your own values…..to other’s children! Buzz off.

  35. stupotwakefield

    LaCatholicState FranabelleXxX RUloveskiing I disagree. It is my job to answer the question by showing the range of poss opinions

  36. stupotwakefield

    LaCatholicState FranabelleXxX RUloveskiing so do you disagree with teaching history. Sorry for dawdle, going as fast as cab.

  37. RUloveskiing

    LaCatholicState stupotwakefield FranabelleXxX each school has its own ethos. Just choose the one you agree most with. Its a debate surely

  38. RUloveskiing

    stupotwakefield LaCatholicState FranabelleXxX completely agree. Educate individual with all sides of story to form personal opinion.

  39. LaCatholicState

    RUloveskiing stupotwakefield FranabelleXxX
    I agree! That’s why we need lots of free schools. But parents still must do their duty

  40. LaCatholicState

    stupotwakefield FranabelleXxX RUloveskiing
    History should be taught….factually. Don’t dawdle …as in giving all different OPINIONS

  41. LaCatholicState

    RUloveskiing stupotwakefield FranabelleXxX
    no time for that. Give facts only! Thanks teachers….but that’s your job.

  42. RUloveskiing

    LaCatholicState stupotwakefield FranabelleXxX so you disagree that schools can help disadvantaged youngsters? Who can they turn to?

  43. stupotwakefield

    LaCatholicState FranabelleXxX RUloveskiing teach hist, re, literature, evolution, frog, through facts only!! No interpretation?

  44. LaCatholicState

    RUloveskiing stupotwakefield FranabelleXxX
    Church mostly. Teachers are not surrogate parents! Why …..u don’t even change nappies!

  45. RUloveskiing

    LaCatholicState stupotwakefield FranabelleXxX and if the child wont go to church? Schools have the links with the services to support.

  46. LaCatholicState

    RUloveskiing stupotwakefield FranabelleXxX
    oh please. Not social services! Noooo! Neighbours friends community….will have to step in

  47. LaCatholicState

    RUloveskiing stupotwakefield FranabelleXxX
    or would you like to change nappies too….and midnight feeds?! Why not?!

  48. RUloveskiing

    LaCatholicState stupotwakefield FranabelleXxX I love your world. These children are disadvantaged because parents et al have failed them.

  49. RUloveskiing

    LaCatholicState stupotwakefield FranabelleXxX and schools are paet of the community too. We have a professional, moral and ethical role.

  50. RUloveskiing

    LaCatholicState stupotwakefield FranabelleXxX also, I dont help youbgsters because I am a teacher. I help because I am a nice person.

  51. LaCatholicState

    RUloveskiing stupotwakefield FranabelleXxX
    not really. we are looking for those who love all children….in an upaid capacity.

  52. LaCatholicState

    RUloveskiing stupotwakefield FranabelleXxX
    then parents must be encouraged and or brought to task for neglect…both fathers and mothers

  53. LaCatholicState

    RUloveskiing stupotwakefield FranabelleXxX
    well so does anybody…and I guess ur pay packet helps! Love is all you need.

  54. RUloveskiing

    LaCatholicState stupotwakefield FranabelleXxX for me, my pay is a nice bonus yes, but I do not do what I do cos of the money.

  55. LaCatholicState

    RUloveskiing stupotwakefield FranabelleXxX
    yeah….because parent’s role has been undermined. It needs to be strengthened!!!

  56. LaCatholicState

    RUloveskiing stupotwakefield FranabelleXxX
    sure……give up your pay packet then. Plenty of good Christian women do voluntary work!

  57. RUloveskiing

    LaCatholicState stupotwakefield FranabelleXxX I have a family to provide for. As a responsible parent I must provide for them.

  58. LaCatholicState

    RUloveskiing stupotwakefield FranabelleXxX
    I agree. Then teach facts to our children and well pay you gladly for it. Love tho is free

  59. RUloveskiing

    LaCatholicState stupotwakefield FranabelleXxX and I do lots of charity work too thank you. I am not judging you so pls do not judge me.

  60. RUloveskiing

    LaCatholicState stupotwakefield FranabelleXxX but some parents do not provide love for their children. Thays where others such as schools

  61. LaCatholicState

    RUloveskiing stupotwakefield FranabelleXxX
    very few parents don’t love their children But don’t think u can do better. That’s sick!

  62. LaCatholicState

    RUloveskiing stupotwakefield FranabelleXxX
    schools can never replace parents. they even bully children sometimes!

  63. LaCatholicState

    @Holly_Christie EVAWhd Livingstone_S SchoolsImprove    Parnents must do their duty…..and protect and educate their children in this area.  Stop undermining parents!

  64. We now have a generation of Google kids who don’t know the world without the Internet, we need to educate them properly about long, lasting & loving relationships – our children are so influenced by online content and allot of young adults actually think that relationships are conducted like the content they are viewing on Porn websites, unaware that real life relationships can be lasting and loving.   Yes of course it is up to parents to set boundaries and parameters, but equally, not every child has a parent / guardian / carer -SexED is vital at school and needs to be updated and kept up to date, this is why the UK has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in Europe!  “Old School Thoughts for a new generation”  Educate! Educate! Educate!

  65. wraitken

    SchoolsImprove kind of agree with him for first time, but must be a joint approach with parents and schools as parents won’t do it

  66. ballater6

    SchoolsImprove and adults who don’t know where they are as they use sat nav to rely on rather than thinking about where they are going!

  67. Susan_Wilde

    LaCatholicState What on earth makes you say something so defamatory? Lessons on morality from the Catholic Church? Motes, logs, eyes?

  68. rrunsworth

    wraitken SchoolsImprove Agree joint approach but many parents clueless, schs need to be more pro-active, kids more likely 2 access at home

  69. LaCatholicState

    Susan_Wilde
    It’s what Im beginning to suspect! I’d rather morality lessons from the Catholic Church…than teachers, thank you.

  70. LaCatholicState

    rrunsworth SchoolsImprove wraitken
    have you proof most parents are clueless?! I would think teachers themselves are quite clueless

  71. LaCatholicState

    rrunsworth SchoolsImprove wraitken
    Have you proof many parents are clueless?! I think they are very clued up….just need confidence!

  72. LaCatholicState

    Jacqui Thompson  Most children have a parent or guardian…..and they should educate them in this area according to their belief system.  It is their natural duty to.

  73. rrunsworth

    LaCatholicState Agree, for some it’s lack of confidence, others I’m afraid it’s through not understanding social media, hence the clueless

  74. LaCatholicState

    rrunsworth
    Yes but we’re not talking about social media…but about porn. And parents must warn their children against it.

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