There is that ah-ha sound, which Homer Simpson blurts out at that critical moment when Homer realizes his blunder. Well, I thought I just heard that same sound coming from Apple, with the advent of FaceTime services.
Unfortunately, what was designed to advance the social networks and mobile interaction has only furthered the advancement of the porn industry. Seems a bit ironic with all the efforts Apple has taken to assure the safety of its phone by scrutinizing its apps. FaceTime is not even an outside developer’s app. It is a main feature of the phone.
Let’s not start pointing fingers; Apple has gone to great lengths to circumvent pornography access to the iPhone. “Apple can’t be seen as responsible any more than makers of routers or hardware are responsible for the content you are looking at,” said Jonathan Zittrain, a co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
It is inevitable that our children are at risk of becoming victims of technology; along with the good comes the bad. Some of the greatest security afforded our children are their parents. An informed parent, who empowers their child on a regular basis, also helps secure his or her child future when it comes time to making better-informed decisions.
An ugly truth is porn providers have always been early adopters, and a great deal of our technology has been advanced through the adult industry. Look back at some of the events, 1970s VCRs, DVDs, Internet streaming videos, all early adapters, which spurred the growth and advancement of the adult industry, along with the technology. “The first time someone created a camera there was someone who said, ‘Wouldn’t it be good for someone to take off their clothes in front of this camera?’” said Michael Gartenberg, vice president at Interpret LLC, a media research company.
The days of keeping the computer out of the bedroom and in a public place are gone, especially with the onset of the “pocket PC” also known as the smart phone…Smart phones need smart users.
“Unfortunately, both children and sexual predators are often ahead of parents when comes to technology,” says Donna Rice Hughes, president of Enough Is Enough, a child safety group.
Again, The CyberHood Watch cannot stress enough the importance of an informed parent to help empower his or her child in the digital age to make better-informed decisions.
david c ballard
radio security journalist
Additional coverage: NYDaily News