Porn on my son’s blog

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  • #268744

    I keep a blog for my three year old son, which my family frequents. Today, in the “possibly related posts” list, there was a link to a porn site, complete with big pic of a topless woman if you run your mouse over the link. I’m extremely disappointed that this happened. The option to have related posts listed is activated by default and apparently there is no protection for bloggers. Because this is only listed on the single-post page view and the only reason to go here is to see comments and because all of our comments are sent to us via email, I never view this page. As such, I can’t even be confident that this is the first time a porn site has been linked from my son’s blog. Again, I’m disappointed.

    Obviously, I have sense disabled these links.

    #268876

    aw1923
    Member

    I don’t see the big deal, porn is legal, anyways just go under design and then to extras and check the option to hide related posts…and now you can say you won the war against porn.

    #268877

    christosblog
    Member

    Trust me in twelve years he’ll love it

    #268878

    andrew
    Member

    @diaryofdaniel, please don’t think that the earlier responses represent the whole community here. I’m sorry to hear what appeared on your blog as “possibly related.”
    I’m glad to hear that you disabled the related links feature. I wish that it was off by default, and could be activated by those who want it.
    Andrew

    #268880

    arifsali
    Member

    A better approach is to have kids blog in private. I have one blog for my kid, though I don’t currently have any family members visiting it, but I’d eventually be making them log-in to view. It makes very little sense to have an open blog for young kids (something that parents are managing anyway). I second andrew’s opinion above but I hope you won’t be blaming wordpress for this.

    #268882

    teck07
    Member

    @diaryofdaniel

    Contact Support with the link to the porn site & link to your post you found it on. So staff can take care of it for you.

    #268883

    tellyworth
    Staff

    We’re considering a number of ways to help deal with this sort of problem. It’s complicated by the fact that, whatever we do, the people who run those kinds of sites will do whatever they can to work around it.

    #268889

    raincoaster
    Member

    You should also disable the Snap Preview, which is what showed the pop-up window with the porn picture. With that disabled, of course, you would not see anything unless you actually clicked on the link.

    When you see a blog with Adult sexual content, report it using the admin bar: under Blog Info, you just hit Report as Mature. Staff will then look at the blog and, if they agree with your assessment, will take it off global tag pages, Possibly Related Posts, and Random Post.

    #268892

    aw1923
    Member

    Yeah, I reported a porn site, its actually fun. I think a good idea would just be for wordpress to block sites with the word porn or sex in being included with the other related post sites, until they get moderated. Im sure wordpress has considered this but if they didn’t then this would be a good idea.

    #268894

    raincoaster
    Member

    They did once say that if you use the Porn or Sex tag/category that post will get dropped from the global tag lists, but I don’t know if that’s true for Possibly Related and Random posts. Actually, looking at my own blog I’m not sure it’s true at all anymore.

    #268900

    I understand that there’s no easy fix. Removing it from our site wasn’t particularly difficult, but it’s just regrettable that it has to be done. I wanted to make sure the administrators here are aware of the situation and how it’s affecting their users.

    #268943

    hopeann
    Member

    I just found the same problem on my blog – disabled the links from showing but not happy that there was porn linked from my blog for my young siblings to see either.

    #268947

    That is, and always will be a problem with the possibly related posts. Even if they fix it now, two weeks from now the porn and spam people will figure out a way around it.

    That is why I simply will not use that feature. There is no way I can control what shows up, and no one can guarantee me that inappropriate or completely unrelated links will not show up.

    #268948

    The above of course is my opinion. Other’s mileage may vary.

    #268950

    beemeister
    Member

    My opinion too.

    #268952

    raincoaster
    Member

    I don’t use it because it links to sites Automattic considers important Mainstream Media sites whether or not those sites link to the system. This is simply unfair. It allows us the opportunity to link to big sites…which we already have…and gives us nothing in return. Additionally, if the Mainstream Media had been doing a good job in the first place, the blogosphere as such would never have arisen and Drudge would have no readers.

    #268958

    Drudge has readers!?!

    #268960

    raincoaster
    Member

    It’s my fault; I haven’t updated in days.

    #269012

    I am encouraged by the community’s response to the problem, and hope the first two posters will note not only the number of respondents against porn but the quality of those respondents, since here you have some of the most helpful posters in WordPress. And note as well that they did not take some kind of no-porn-for-minors-only position, either. Porn has no place in civilized society, because it is unfriendly to love. Just to name one effect.

    Nor is it true that porn is legal. This is a dodge, based on confusion. It is similar to the confusion that exists around privacy protection. We saw the results of this confusion in the Virginia Tech shootings; the young shooter had shown clear signs of enormous problems, but had not been restrained because it was assumed that the discussion among the educational professionals in his life was illegal, when in face this is not the case. It is the same with pornography. It is not legal, it is terribly harmful, it has been associated with many manifestations of severe social maladjustment, it makes a hostile environment for women (especially on the internet!), and maybe worst of all, it is boring. But presently these laws are difficult to enforce due to the misrepresentation to the public about their exercise, and the failure of people to protest its use.

    Porn is the absence of sexuality, according to a survey conducted in Japan by a large condom manufacturer, which found that the more an individual ‘used’ porn, the less actual physical relationship they enjoyed with other human beings (I have a blog about this that cites the study). Due to the lack of intercourse, Japan is disappearing.

    If you persist in his good education, Daniel has a chance to have an appropriate reaction to pornography when he is twelve, and twenty: disgust and dismay. Please continue to take steps to keep porn out of his life.

    #269034

    The community’s response to the problem wasn’t a statment on whether porn is good, bad or ugly – simply a matter of addressing the poster’s concerns so that he can enjoy blogging better.

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