See this? This is part of the problem, stop being so stereotypically blinkered.
The rest of the world doesn't care if the US government is spying on its own citizens. The US government is ACCOUNTABLE to its own citizens (well nominally, but hey...), so if they don't like it they're in a position to do something about it.
As a none US citizen, I care that the US government is spying on ME, unilaterally and without any accountability.
This is what the rest of the world cares about. Stop pissing away what little sympathy you have by moaning like a spoiled child about the bad shit your government is doing to YOU, and open your fucking eyes to what it's doing to EVERYONE ELSE.
And, like lots of other things that shouldn't happen, they will. Their parent will be desperately trying to get some work done, or cooking dinner, or watching another child. Children now increasingly get to use tablets for entertainment, and a parent won't be constantly watching the screen, even though it can access the web.
I don't think network-level filters are the best way to address it. But let's stop pretending this is as simple as telling some lazy parents to get their act together.
Why? It's an interactive device that they can play Tetris or Angry Birds on. It's not a stick of dynamite. Most parents will be more worried about what the kid does to the tablet than vice versa. It's only a risky item because some people can't stand the idea of there being any way to access the internet that doesn't include all of the less salubrious bits.
I don't find the Internet tamer now than in the past. Maybe the ratio of non-porn sites to porn sites has increased, but it's trivially easy to find really hardcore porn in video form now with all of the 'tube sites.
I've also heard there have been increased expectations of anal sex from teen girls due to its increased prevalence in porn.
That might have worked when most households had 1 or 2 desktop PCs and a 56k modem between them.
Now, everything is starting to have internet access in one way or another including games consoles.
Whilst very young children might need a lot of supervision regardless, I don't think 12 years olds are going to be too happy with their parents sitting in their bedrooms with them all evening while they play xbox.
In theory: No they shouldn't you're right. In practice: It doesn't matter. I'm not saying it doesn't have any effect, but me and everyone my age I know grew up with unsupervised internet. 'It never done me any harm.'
I apologize for posting blogspam but I refuse to post the DailyMail on HN.
Either way the mods took this article off the frontpage.
As a side note, the border security do not operate under the same laws as the US courts/police. It's a grey area where they can arbitrarily deny you for looking at them the wrong way. Free speech doesn't apply at border crossings. In addition noone was arrested domestically. Not the best analogy.