Is GodBlock a good idea?
What is Godblock?
So I have been seeing this "Godblock" software coming up everywhere and have been asked by several people what I thought about it considering my anti-theist, atheist, and parental positions. Here is what the GodBlock website says:
GodBlock is a web filter that blocks religious content. It is targeted at parents and schools who wish to protect their kids from the often violent, sexual, and psychologically harmful material in many holy texts, and from being indoctrinated into any religion before they are of the age to make such decisions. When installed properly, GodBlock will test each page that your child visits before it is loaded, looking for passages from holy texts, names of religious figures, and other signs of religious propaganda. If none are found, then your child is allowed to browse freely.
I'm not really all that supportive of this software as it's purported here. To me, it seems to be surpressing information; therefore, sheltering children in the process. I don't like the idea of sheltering children. I was sheltered to an extent as a child.
Internet, Religion, and Children
Personally I don't feel like children, this being infant till their teens, should be exposed to religion in any sense. At these ages though, I feel like if the child is on the internet, they need to be monitored. If a child has questions about faith, they should feel free to explore those without judgement from you as a parent. That isn't the way to build a healthy trusting relationship with your child.
What I would suggest, and I say suggest as it's your kid, parent however the fuck you want to, is that you should be supportive of your child. Let them know that you are there to answer any questions without any judgement. Regardless of which way your child goes, with the exception of turning into another Fred Phelps, you should stand by their ability to make the decision even if you disagree with it. That's not saying you're happy about their decision but just that you're happy about your child making their own decisions.
Ultimately it's up to the parent as to how they want to raise their child. I'm not saying that you shouldn't buy this software or put this software on your computer to prevent your children from being exposed to religion on the internet. I would hope that if your child is on the internet before you want them even concerned with religion, you would already be monitoring their internet use considering the number of potential threats on the internet.