Stop Shifting Blame

Currently making the rounds around the news world is this headline…

Father will fight Facebook in court over ‘suggestive’ photos of girl, 12

The full story can be found Here but basically it’s about a father trying to sue Facebook because his 12 year old daughter has been posting slutty photos of herself on Facebook. The terms and conditions of Facebook states that only people over the age of 13 can use Facebook but as we all know, we all lied on these sort of these when we were that age.

The girl in question is in care, she’s not living with her father so he can’t really physically stop her from using Facebook.

His solicitor stated:

The father’s solicitor, Hilary Carmichael, has set up Childrenonfacebook.com, a website for parents who believe their youngsters may be at risk on the social network.

She said: ‘I believe Facebook isn’t suitable for under-18s but the company isn’t even able to uphold its own policy of keeping under-13s out. If a child goes into an off-licence to buy alcohol or a shop to buy cigarettes, they’re asked for ID to prove their age.

Yes children are asked for I.D. in shops but this isn’t a shop, it’s a computer, for most parents it’s their job to supervise children on what web sites they use, you don’t try and sue every porn website out there because a child has wandered onto there, why? Because you can BLOCK WEBSITES, so block your children from going on Facebook and do your job as a parent. Setting up stupid websites for parents who can’t control what their children are doing isn’t the answer.

Now I understand that the father in question can’t physically stop his daughter from going on Facebook with her being in care but is it Facebook’s fault? No, no it’s not. It’s the care home where the daughter is residing that he needs to be taking the matter up with, no where in that article does the father blame the care home, he places the entire blame solely on Facebook. Facebook can’t stop under 13s from joining them as much as porn sites can’t stop under 18s from viewing them.

The care home are more to blame for this than anyone else.

Not only that but the father will try and seek an injunction from Facebook operating in Northern Ireland if they don’t ban his daughter from permanently using Facebook. Excuse me? You want to punish everyone else in your country because of your own short comings?

He must realise that this court case will go no where for him, Facebook are too big to be dented by some idiotic Irishman, that can’t control his own family.

But it reminds me of the news reports around video games and how they’re making children violent, which again was total bullshit, parents blaming violence on games such as Grand Theft Auto, with the shooting and the road rage, but the fact is, if you are doing your job as a parent correctly then there would be no issue, there is a reason why a games for 18 year olds and over.

The only way a child could get their hands on this game is if the parent or some other adult buys it for them and even then they’d have to play it at home, so obviously parents aren’t looking out what their kids are doing in their own house!

Sure a child could be banned at home from using Facebook, set up an account elsewhere and access it via iPod touches and smartphones as someone at work told me, he thinks the parents can’t be at fault then, no, it makes it even more their fault, because they’re the ones buying their barely teenage children this technology. When I was 12 I didn’t need a phone, why the fuck would you need a phone at that age? iPods, okay, children like music, but you can still monitor what they’re doing with these devices. It’s called being a parent.

It really pisses me off when I see parents shifting the blame from themselves, people may feel sorry for this idiotic Irishman but the fact remains, if he did his job as parent correctly in the first place then maybe his child wouldn’t be in a care home where she’s free to post pathetic perverted photos of herself on a social website.

And just like when the game industry survived without paying anything out, Facebook will survive also. It’s alright saying that the site is “guilty of negligence”, but it’s your negligence as a parent that has lead to this.

Was it the butterfly effect that lead to this? Or destiny? Or was it your inept-ability as a person?

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Author: 'Ard Pete

Hey everyone, my names Pete, friends call me 'Ard Pete because... well, I'm well 'Ard. Currently in Chesterfield, England, currently working as an I.T. Technical Lead for BT Business and Public Sector; it sounds more glamourous than it is but I'm a dab hand with Microsoft products. I enjoy television, mainly any Star Trek, all of Stargate, Lost, anything Joss Whedon has produced, 24 and House. Favourite music includes; Mumford and Sons, Jason Mraz, Eminem, Chris Cornell, Ludovico Einaudi, Goo Goo Dolls, Muse, 30 Seconds To Mars basically a wide variety of anything that's real, I hate dance, trance and anything like that, I don't consider that to be music. Not much of a sports guy, I like Professional Wrestling, Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing, I can watch Football but only when I'm forced to watch it. Favourite author is Terry Pratchett, favourite film is Armageddon, favourite comedian is Lee Evans, favourite idiot is Karl Pilkington, favourite game is GTAIII, if there's anything else you wish to know, don't hesitate to ask. I'll more than likely not be busy.

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