" Mum faces jail over 14-year-old daughter's downloading " ...was the headline I read on the Inquirer site this morning. The story here paints the picture of a poor internet illiterate mother with no money faceing jail after her daughter unknowingly broke the law by file shareing music. She faces a £4,000 bill and can't pay so may end up in jail. When I followed the link to the full article from the local press, I couldn't help notice a few 'errors' is this woman and her childs defence. local press article "Mrs Price's daughter Emily, 14, has been breaking the law for two years." *****"Emily says she didn't know that the file-sharing program she used was wrong." "I saw a TV programme about downloading music the other week." *****"I asked Emily if she was doing it and she said she wasn't." HELLO!!!! - when you ask someone if they are doing something and they deny it ...... the KNOW they are doing wrong. --------- "downloaded the songs in her bedroom without her mum knowing." "I don't even know how to use a computer." "I've never even switched one on. I just pay the bills" says it all really - stupid mother lets her child have access to the net without any checks and balances. Its not like there haven't been numerous TV programes and News articles about potential dangers, fraud , missuse of computers and the internet. If you donlt know anything about computers, you should NEVER let a child onto one - simply as that. The media are trying to play this as a sob story - I say tough, accept some responsabilty. The child KNEW she was doing wrong - she was shareing files for 2 years, denied doing it, then got caught. Mother let a child access the internet in her bedroom with NO idea what she was up to - the internet has EVERYTHING available on it somewhere in terms of information - from the most extreme sexual depravities to brain washing propaganda from extremist groups. What on earth are parents thinking .... ( or not in these cases ) leting kids have have access to the net. The woman deserves being sent to prison / fined and held up to an example to others. Kids don't NEED access to the internet - in fact I would go so far as saying its bad for them in more ways than simply the obvious. Why bother thinking properly about your homework when you can cut/paste/print material straight of the net. I didn't have the internet helping me with my school work and I doubt the majority of this sites users did either. My parents wouldn't have allowed me to go to the pictures to see a certificate 18 when I was 10 .... but on the internet you can browse and pull up REAL autopsy photos of desmembered corpses, a damn site more disturbing than a holywood film...... and there will be very few internet filters if any that would stop a child seeing that sort of material. Parents should start accepting responsabilty - start getting the kids off the internet and out into the park where they can get fit and socialise properly - and away from an uncensored, uncheckable and essentially dangerous for the inept internet. Might free up alot of bandwidth and take out alot of zombie computers being used to DoS attack internet servers in the process.