May 1, 2009
Hypothetically, let's say your 11-year-old son figures out how to google images and uses this newly found talent at his elementary school's computer lab. (Googling Images is where you go to http://www.google.com/, search for something and click on Images. Try it some time, it's fun!)
Let's say, hypothetically again, that this same 11-year-old knows how to clear his screen fast. When the teacher (equipped with a computer that displays all student activity in the lab) is away helping another student, he can run amuck and restore his screen super-hero fast when the teacher gets back to her desk.
Suppose (all this is hypothetical of course) that your son typed in a word of question, say "lesbo" then took a gawking gander at all the fun images. Maybe there's a substitute there that day, maybe not. He calls 9 other boys over to join in - even had some type "lesbo" on their own computers. One of those 9 boys recognizes the inappropriateness of the situation and blows the whistle. Maybe the police are called and maybe two of the ring-leaders are charged with distribution of pornography.
Was this the first time? Not likely. (Hypothetically however, there's a viewable history on the child's computer which might hypothetically answer that question for us.)
What do you do? (Here's the multiple choice part of the post)
A) Acknowledge that your child knew better, establish a natural consequence of serious relativity and require that your child apologize profusely.
B) Beat him to a pulp.
C) Teach 'em more tricks for finding porn on the internet.
D) Call the KSL Doug Wright show and blame the school for not having "filters".
Let's talk about filters for a minute, shall we? This hypothetical mom claims the child typed a few words that "didn't work" but was able to type "lesbian". She didn't hypothetically elaborate on what words didn't work. According to a hypothetical source in the classroom however, the word was "lesbo" not "lesbian". Hypothetically, one can conclude that "lesbian" was being filtered but "lesbo" was not.
My full name (first middle maiden) is the same as a popular porn star. Image google my full maiden name and you'll get a suprise. See - I'm saving you from yourself at this very moment by not telling you what my first middle and maiden are. Saving you. 'Cause porn is that hard to find.
At this point friends, I challenge you to list all forms or references to "lesbian". We can add them to the list of unusable words at the school.
This will save the poor hypothetical child from finding porn ever again.