Should lying about age on the Internet be a crime?

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Should lying about age on the Internet be a crime?

Unread postby Gay-paul » 29 November 2018, 17:44

Does Lying About Age On Internet Should Be Crime?

The government of my country wants to start to bring kids for false information, lying about age, adult sites and social media into court?

The government of my country wants to start to bring kids for false information, lying about age, adult sites and social media into court?

Do not you think it's an exaggeration. :-)

We have the same age limit for for social media as USA, it's just coincidence.

But to watch porn you need to be at least 18. porn is bad for kids I can not disagree with it, i'm 32 years old, but when i was young in my country (Poland) they Internet in my country was new thing, and so on law regarding too internet, we don't have pornhub but we watch porn picture, and every time until o finished 18 years old i just clicked that i'm 18 and was in no biggie :-)
Now they have make it more protected, like need to create an account.

But many kids on porn sites and facebook just provide false information.

but now our governments,
Our government began to do social campaigns targeting teenagers and their parents, reminding us that according to our law, "giving no real data to gain access to someone else's IT system is a crime" :-)

And that such kids put themselves and their friends in danger.
This is a crime from the hacker category, so far no child has been brought to justice for this, but some say that it is time to start enforcing this law!
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Re: Should lying about age on the Internet be a crime?

Unread postby PopTart » 29 November 2018, 19:31

Honestly, I kinda understand where their coming from and it doesn't just protect kids but also, adults, who may not realise they are talking to kids.

Lets face it, many of us (not all, but many) have shared pics with people, explicit pics, hell I've posted here, but how certain are we, that the person on the other end, is actually really the age they claim, On either side of the divide, kids might be sharing this stuff, with people they think are their age and people our age, might be unknowingly sharing things with kids, who out of curiousity and an eagerness to grow up, might be willing to mislead.

Perhaps, the legislation that has been proposed in Poland is too draconian or not of the right nature, for the purpose, but I think, the purpose atleast, comes from a good place.

I don't have the answer, as to how to deal with the problem, I've described above, but all I can say, is that I'd be horrified to learn someone I might have been speaking to, was underage, even more so to then face legal action as a result. kids can't be held responsbile in some ways, because they aparantly don't know any better, but that wouldn't be the case for someone who has been misled into believing something that was false and I would die to think I'd be labeled something I wasn't for the disception of a minor.
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Re: Should lying about age on the Internet be a crime?

Unread postby acpro » 29 November 2018, 20:10

It's all about context!
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Re: Should lying about age on the Internet be a crime?

Unread postby BlackBoi666 » 1 December 2018, 07:20

Yes. So there will be less kids tricking adults.
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Re: Should lying about age on the Internet be a crime?

Unread postby Gay-paul » 1 December 2018, 17:18

BlackBoi666 wrote:Yes. So there will be less kids tricking adults.


But why punish kids, I think the adults should be punished for hurting those kids, the pervs are the problem :(
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Re: Should lying about age on the Internet be a crime?

Unread postby PopTart » 1 December 2018, 17:44

As I said, perhaps punishment isn't the right way to go about it, but there has to be a drive to make young people understand, the danger they place themselves AND others in, by misleading about their age.

The internet is hard to police, so I cant really see how it would realistically work anyway.

Behaving as if young people can do no harm, doesn't invest in them a sense of responsibility for their actions. Quite the opposite.
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Re: Should lying about age on the Internet be a crime?

Unread postby mxguy01 » 1 December 2018, 18:14

As Poptart points out incarceration, exceptional circumstances excluded, is the wrong way to go about that.

Also, having kids I was was involved in youth organizations. The one thing you get explained to you as the adult is to never put yourself into that situation. In those kinds of situations you call that two deep - never be alone with someone underage. Never put yourself into that position and you won't have to deal with nasty/false accusations. Put yourself into such a situation, and well, your problem too!

So as to the specifics of lying about age - well all I can say is understand the laws and be cautious. Starting there is a minimum.
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Re: Should lying about age on the Internet be a crime?

Unread postby Gay-paul » 1 December 2018, 19:08

PopTart wrote:As I said, perhaps punishment isn't the right way to go about it, but there has to be a drive to make young people understand, the danger they place themselves AND others in, by misleading about their age.

The internet is hard to police, so I cant really see how it would realistically work anyway.

Behaving as if young people can do no harm, doesn't invest in them a sense of responsibility for their actions. Quite the opposite.


But making criminal sanction on it would not help either, doing a social campaign is one thing but making it criminal offence is the other.
Fortunately, this is just a draft law, of an overzealous right-wing politician (I am a rightist myself) who with great probability will not go out of the first reading stage in the Sejn (our parliament)
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