Re: East versus West
I have to agree here - dumbing down the whole of the Internet because a child may see something is not the way to go.
In the real world there are adult spaces where children can be tolerated but it is the parent's responsibility - being asked to moderate my language in a pub after 9pm* 'because there are children present' did not go down well! There has to be a balance.
Wrapping the little darlings in cotton wool is wrong, exposing them to 4chan/8kun and their lookalikes is also pretty wrong - they will eventually come across people like that in real life but pre-teens don't need that.
Moderating what a child sees and interacts with always used to be called Parenting - I am not trying to blame parents who have a difficult time trying to keep their kids away from this stuff but, with 20:20 hindsight maybe giving smart phones with unlimited internet access to 10 year olds wasn't such a bright idea after all? The problem is it only takes 1 ignorant parent who can't see the harm and they all want one!
Pandoras box has been opened. I cannot see any amount of regulation closing it again unless it cripples the adult version of the internet - or at least makes it difficult to navigate through ID / Age Verification etc. that most kids will learn to bypass anyway.
*in my defence it was nearer 10pm