Bravo, McDonald’s, for protecting children and households from Internet porn | Fox News

Bravo, McDonald’s, for protecting children and households from Internet porn | Fox News

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One of Americas most profitable companies and most beloved brands, McDonalds, has shown that corporations can behave responsibly for the safety of all of its clients. Recently, the company decided it would filter its public Wi-Fi to block both porn and child pornography( child abuse images) from being viewed in its restaurants.

Internet safety is now the fourth top-ranked health issue for U.S. children. Internet pornograrphy has been called the largest unregulated social experimentation in history with peer-reviewed research showing that online porn is in fact a public health crisis.

Recently, both the state of Utah and the proposed platform for the GOP have declared porn a public health issue.

There is much scientific research on the deleterious effects of Internet pornography on the developing brains of children and teens and fueling role of porn on child sexual exploitation and predation.

According to federal officials, public Wi-Fi services are increasingly being used to traffic child pornography, the sex solicitation of children, and other criminal activities such as identity theft, hacking and terrorism. These criminal misdemeanours are difficult to deter because of the anonymity offered by open Wi-Fi hotspots.

In fact, nearly half of all teens believe that sending naked images and sexually explicit images of themselves or others are part of everyday life. Two-thirds of teenage girls and half of all teenage sons believe it would be easier growing up if porn were harder to access.

Parents need to know which family restaurants are safer from online menaces.

Additionally, according to federal officials, public Wi-Fi services are increasingly being used to traffic child pornography, the sex solicitation of children, and other criminal activities such as identity stealing, hacking and terrorism. These criminal misdemeanours are difficult to deter because of the anonymity offered by open Wi-Fi hotspots.

My organization, Enough Is Enough, launched the National Porn Free Wi-Fi campaign in the fall of 2014, with virtually 50,000 petitions and 75 partner organizations encouraging McDonalds and Starbucks to lead corporate America in filtering Wi-Fi. Both companies were early adopters in the U.K ., where they voluntarily filtered porn and child pornography on their public Wi-Fi networks under the private public U.K. initiative led by Prime Minister Cameron.

McDonalds answered quickly and positively to the initial outreach to their CEO in springtime 2014, and began exploring options for WiFi filtering. To date, over two years later, Starbucks has yet to respond.

In the first three months of 2016, McDonalds began to implement their new filtered Wi-Fi policy in their corporate-owned eateries in the U.S ., and stimulated the same service available to their franchisees. While McDonald’s wasn’t aware of any pornography related incidents in their stores, their move to offer filtered Wi-Fi is clearly a major step in the right direction. The bottom line — the majority of McDonalds eateries now offer safer Wi-Fi access for their patrons.

Parents now can have peace of mind that when they or their children go to McDonalds, they will have a safer and more friendly Wi-Fi experience, free from porn, from child porn and from potential sexual exploitation and predation.

McDonalds deserves widespread praise for this act of corporate responsibility and commitment to children and family safety.

By proactively filtering pornography and child porn on their Wi-Fi, McDonalds now joins others such as Chick-fil-A and Panera Bread in demonstrating their commitment to provide safe and reassuring Wi-Fi resulting in a family friendly environment for all of their patrons. Other companies that offer free public Wi-Fi need to realize that that corporate responsibility is also good customer service.

Implementing a safe friendly Wi-Fi policy and effective filtering is a win-win for eateries, hotels, resorts, airports, airlines, shopping mall, theme park and other companies that offer free public WiFi. Safe and reassuring WiFi effectively helps to 😛 TAGEND Prevent children, teens and other patrons from being exposed to pornography and child pornography. Prevent children and teens from easily bypassing filters and other parental control tools set up by their parents on their Internet devices. Prevent sex predators from accessing illegal child and flying under the radar of law enforcement agencies.
Avoid a potential hostile work environment for company employees. Protect hard-earned family-friendly brand; and Maintain consistency considering corporate best practices and family-friendly policies.

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