MP urges block on suicide searches
The Government should block internet searches for suicide, an MP has said.
The Democratic Unionist Party's justice spokesman William McCrea called on ministers to examine ways of barring access to suicide sites advising web surfers how to kill themselves.
Unveiling his Bill under the Ten Minute Rule, he told the Commons: "A gatekeeper or guardian should be in place to monitor websites, having the power to forward the information to the appropriate authorities with a view to having those websites closed down."
He demanded a computer program where a pop-up window appears on screens when people type in certain suicide-related words, with would-be victims instead directed to sites offering help.
"So much of our young people's communication these days is non-verbal - texting, Facebook, chat rooms, internet gaming - instead of face-to-face communication, which may leave some young people unable to express their feelings when they experience difficult times," said Mr McCrea.
"Many young people talk about 'catching the bus' when they refer to seeking information about suicide on the internet."
His Suicide (Prevention) Bill demands ministers "develop a system of alerts and blocks for internet searches relating to suicide", but stands little chance of becoming law without Government backing.
The MP added: "For too long too many have passed on by because the sorrow and grief of suicide has not touched their family.
"We must do everything we can to help prevent suicide and to provide urgent help and hope for those who are contemplating it."
what do you think?
numb chops if he and others did there job properly and stopped destroying peoples lives then people would not feel like topping them selves..an other goverment donught. get rid of the lot of them and start afresh.
you are the numpty, young people do not care about the economy, they care about love lives, bullying, school work - these issues cause them the distress!
Quite right too Sue,I have first hand knowledge of a youngster taking their (I can use the correct word unlike Elvin) own life and the government etc just did not factor into it. It was more to do with what the media push as looking "perfect".
If they stop all them people from finding out how to kill themselves without undue suffering, what will happen is, they won't know how. That will make them try alternative methods of killing themselves which then leads to serious damage to their bodies and possibly not death which is probably far worse. Think I'll find out about emigrating. Them nuisance neighbours banging on the fencing every time I internet for thirty two years is really getting on my nerves. How does America sound? ... A nice American basement where I can't hear anyone banging on the fencing every time I internet? Think I'll go there.
The only 'BLOCK' that anyone should consider is the one that comes with an axe which should be applied to any political tyrant who wants to control freedom of the internet and other medium outlets. Those who try to impose Censorship should face the death penalty!
That confirms just how stupid these MP's are at times. Have we not got enough loony MP's in the government and the parliament at present. Another call to reduce our freedom in the UK.
This man hasn't got a clue