Good Idea?

According to a story on the BBC news website, convicted sex offenders will have their e-mail addresses blocked from social networking sites like Facebook. Apparently this is the latest exciting and innovative measure designed to protect children from online paedophiles.

Well, that’ll work- after all, it’s just so difficult to get a new e-mail address.

I’m not sure what’s most worrying: the false sense of security that this will engender in gullible parents, or the fact that Jim Gamble – Chief Executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre – thinks that it’s a measure that “has real potential to accelerate online child protection”. As I’ve said on many occasions, something has to be done to protect children online, and I don’t know what the answer is. But I don’t think this is it.

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