A spokesman for social networking site Facespace said, "we recognise, as responsible businesses, our share of the duty in solving what is reportedly a major problem. While we would argue against legislation that will in effect attempt the impossible task of censoring the internet, we believe our suggestion offers a good way for children to avoid the problems caused by online bullying and other issues".
The initiative, which comes in the form of a hardware device tentatively named an 'Off Switch', is to be launched on all computer hardware from December 31. Pressing the 'Off Switch' will, say experts, significantly reduce the risk of young people being exposed to online bullies and inappropriate material, and may also reduce potential targeting by paedophiles.
The hardware initiative is to be backed by additional education pamphlets, to be supplied to children through schools, including 'Turn That Crap Off And Go Play Outside', 'Act On Bullying - Punch The Fecker In The Mouth' and 'For Christ's Sake, Be A Responsible Parent Won't You?'.