Would you believe it? Women more in favour of porn filters than men

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Would you Adam and Eve it? Women more in favour of porn filters than menThree quarters of UK women support the Government's proposals to make internet porn 'opt-in', according to a new survey from market research company Kantar.

The study, reported by The Telegraph and others also discovered that two-thirds of women feel that new laws are required to deal with the problem of online trolling.

When Kantar asked whether people were in favour of the internet porn opt-in proposals they found, perhaps unsurprisingly, that the response from men was not so in line with the Government's plans. Here's what they discovered:

Men
43% in favour of 'opt-in' porn proposals
23% 'strongly' in favour

Women
75% in favour of 'opt-in' porn proposals
59% 'strongly' in favour

Mothers were discovered to be especially concerned about porn with 71% in favour of better internet controls to protect their children, whilst only 57% of childless women backed such plans. Older women were found to feel even more strongly as 94% of the over 65s who were questioned said they supported the opt-in proposals.

Anti-trolling laws

We all know how unpleasant and damaging trolling can be to those on the end of it. 7% of the women in this particular sample had suffered some sort of trolling, and a whopping 83% said that new legislation is required to tackle the trolling problem.

But as before, it's women who feel more strongly about the proposals, with 67% of women backing new laws in comparison to just 48% of men.

Dr Michelle Harrison, chief executive of Kantar, had this to say:

For some time the concerns around internet porn and its impact on children have been growing, but we are now reaching something close to a tipping point on the need to act. Women, and particularly mothers, are anxious about its effects. Alongside this is recognition that internet trolling can have a devastating effect on young people. Once again, this ‘new’ media is old enough for it to have become a mainstream issue at the heart of public policy.

Women more in favour of porn filters than menThe online poll, which used a representative sample of 1,234 people, also discovered that women especially felt that social media companies could play a bigger role in tackling online bullying and trolling, with 91% of women feeling that organisations such as Twitter and Facebook could be more proactive in tackling trolls and bullies.

There was some rough equality in the views on the causes of cyber bullying, with some 72% of women and 64% of men saying that they believed websites and social networks that allowed anonymous posting actually contribute to cyber bullying and trolling.

Will porn filters and trolling laws actually work?

We asked you back in July whether you thought web censorship plans would make kids safer and your responses were resoundingly 'No!'

There is a cultural and education issue here that the UK Government plans to address around children's sex education and the dangers of the internet.

Despite the strong feeling unearthed by Kantar's survey, I do wonder how will the Government tackle parents' concerns with viable and effective control and policing?


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7 Responses to Would you believe it? Women more in favour of porn filters than men

  1. slipstream · 406 days ago

    "anti-trolling laws"? I hope "trolling" here means cyberbullying, and not harmless pranks like rickrolling!

  2. You know if all of these so called concerned mothers had any brains they would just set up web filters on the pcs so that their kids can't access porn. Though I think they are more concerned about their husbands accessing it then their children.

  3. Richard · 406 days ago

    I wonder what the results would have been if they hadn't redefined "opt-in" to mean "opt-out"?

    And the whole "on-by-default" debacle isn't aimed at parents who actually care about what their children view; it's intended to target the hypothetical parents who are too lazy to care.

    I suspect this is a prelude to either not allowing anyone to opt out of the filter, or to publishing a "name and shame" list of everyone who's turned the filter off.

  4. anonymous female · 406 days ago

    "75% in favour of 'opt-in' porn proposals
    59% 'strongly' in favour"

    Really. That makes 134% of those polled then.

    • 'strongly in favour' is a subset of those who are 'in favour'. The figures for women are:

      59% strongly in favour
      16% moderately in favour.
      11% neither for nor against
      8% moderately against
      5% strongly against
      1% don't know

  5. J2897 · 406 days ago

    Regarding internet trolls...

    2003: Trolls were kicked from IRC twice, and if they made fun of someone a third time, they would be banned for a whole day.

    2013: ...a whopping 83% said that new legislation is required to tackle the trolling problem.

  6. Randy · 402 days ago

    They need an .xxx category for porn sites (strongly enforced) to make filtering simpler to implement.

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Lee Munson is the founder of Security FAQs, a social media manager with BH Consulting and a blogger with a huge passion for information security.