Over half (57%) of UK Christians would be prepared to pay more for their internet usage in order to fund a scheme in which users have to actively ‘opt-in’ to access online pornographic content, a new ComRes poll, commissioned by Premier Christian Media Trust, reveals.
The survey supports findings from a cross-party inquiry report into the subject of on-line child safety chaired by Claire Perry, MP for Devizes. However, the report finds that ISP claims that an opt-in model would add substantial cost to internet services are unfounded.
Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale and President of the Liberal Democrats said, “Young people should not be subjected to easily accessible images that objectify and dehumanise other humans, this is not about prudishness but about protecting children and protecting the freedom of parents to raise their children within appropriate boundaries.”
Premier Christian Media Trust, launched the Safetynet Campaign earlier this year in partnership with Safermedia in a bid to protect children from internet pornography. The campaign calls on the Government to introduce legislation to ensure that Internet Service Providers [ISPs] filter pornography at source - it has gathered over 75,000 signatures since.
John Morris, Managing Director of financial services organisation the Harvest Partnership Ltd said, “The silent majority has been awakened by the need to protect children and vulnerable people from internet pornography. That is why, even when people are concerned about their jobs and with all the pressures on the family budget during the current period of austerity, they are prepared to prioritise this matter so highly.”
Peter Kerridge, CEO of Premier Christian Media, organisers of the Safetynet Campaign said, “I’m a father of two myself, and this issue really concerns me. Children need to be protected, and to do this ISPs need to block pornography at network level – allowing both new and existing users to make an active choice whether to opt-in to adult content, whilst allowing children the freedom to use the internet without stumbling across hard-core pornography.”
Methodology: ComRes surveyed 519 UK Christians on the ComRes Cpanel between 8th and 30th March 2012 by online questionnaire. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. The data were weighted UK denomination, as defined in the 2005 Church Census.