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Letter: Law mandating porn filters on devices brings peace of mind and other filters would be welcome

FILE - Smartphone. (AP Photo/Raphael Satter, File)

I for one am overjoyed to read that our state legislature and governor have chosen to do the right thing by signing into law a ban on devices being sold in our great state without porn filters on. As a millennial father of young children, I have spent many a sleepless night worrying about the day my daughters get their first smartphones and I will have to navigate the complex labyrinth of their phone’s settings app to figure out how to turn on a porn filter. Now I can rest assured that when I buy them their first phone, I can just let ‘em rip!

Moreover, I won’t have to keep learning and relearning how to perform this complicated action on my own new iPhone that I purchase every year, ensuring that the spiritual head of this household will be safe from the dangers of brassiere ads, chili-recipe websites flagged for the word “spicy” and any other dangerous materials that would poison his innocent brain.

As a conservative, I normally balk at any suggestion that our government intervene in private industry, especially to mandate expensive and ridiculous niche features for products in order to cater to an extreme, ideological minority, but hey, when policy is good, it’s good!

My only complaint is that this law hasn’t gone far enough. Why not add filters that screen for materials that are not faith-promoting, or small sensors that detect when the Spirit has left the room and send us notifications so we know to get the heck out?

Our government installs guard rails on our most dangerous roads so that when good folks like me get a little tired behind the wheel we can get a bit of shut-eye without rolling off a cliff. So why shouldn’t they do the same for our phones?

Kyle Pyfer, Logan

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