Filtering Out Common Sense
I did ask the IWF if they had considered how to block such content on mobile devices (which, after all, are far more available to many more kids around the world than home PCs). In fact, because they asked me to, I emailed some questions about this to them. I haven't heard back yet.
And that's part of the problem with all these schemes. They sound good and they make politicans look as if they are doing something to deal with a scourge of a tech-savvy society. But in reality, it's like grabbing a band-aid after your arm has just been blown off.
And even blocking content, which 3G carriers have already started talking about, doesn't protect the younger users of these devices from potential predators.
The only way we could try to stop this is through global law enforcement to shut down servers around the world and imprison the perpetrators. But even from my limited research into the matter I don't expect to see this happen anytime... ever.
As some of the people quoted in the piece said, it really all comes down to education – at home, at school – to try and stop kids from getting into harmful situations. And if that makes you feel somewhat depressed, as I know it does me, well... Bear in mind that in reality the online threat is still a very small one at the moment, even if we can't yet know how (or if) it might grow in the future.
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung