Internet sites could be given ‘cinema-style age ratings’, Culture Secretary says

Posted by Kendall Harmon

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Andy Burnham says he believes that new standards of decency need to be applied to the web. He is planning to negotiate with Barack Obama’s incoming American administration to draw up new international rules for English language websites.

The Cabinet minister describes the internet as “quite a dangerous place” and says he wants internet-service providers (ISPs) to offer parents “child-safe” web services.

Giving film-style ratings to individual websites is one of the options being considered, he confirms. When asked directly whether age ratings could be introduced, Mr Burnham replies: “Yes, that would be an option. This is an area that is really now coming into full focus.”

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Posted December 28, 2008 at 9:09 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Harvey wrote:

Has the newspaper or TV rating system done any good?  I could care less.  Garbage in the press = garbage on TV.  I don’t have to read it if I don’t want to.  I will read it if I think it is noteworthy.

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