• Kids Getting Hooked on Porn

    by  • June 12, 2013 • Sex, Sexualization • 1 Comment

    Stat4The ease with which one can access hardcore pornography on the Internet has become a standard joke in the popular culture… but it’s not funny when innocent young children are being exposed to sexually explicit imagery.  The push in schools and elsewhere to get kids connected and proficient on computers at a very young age means that school-aged children are spending more time on computers and online, putting them at greater risk of unwanted exposure to pornography and those images are eroding their innocence and shaping the way they view sexuality.

    • 79% of youth unwanted exposure to pornography occurs in the home.
    • 80% of 15-17-year-olds reported having multiple exposures to hard-core pornography
    • 90% of 8-16-year-olds report having viewed porn online, most while doing homework
    • There has been an increase in sexual material being presented to children despite the use of Internet filtering, blocking and other monitoring software being used by their parents at home.

    All children are curious about the body and, as they get older, about sex. But exposure to pornography at a young age can set children on a destructive path that can end in addiction.

    Enough Is Enough and Fox News 59 recently highlighted this terrifying trend and the impact it’s having on children:

    “…seeing those images at a young age can have devastating effects later in life. It’s so intriguing that it fixates their brain,” said Sheets.  “It is something called “brain lock” and it brain locks them and it drives them to this compulsion to want to look at more of it.”

    Experts say it is not just “kids being kids,” or something they will grow out of; this p*rn* problem could continue to haunt these children into adulthood. It started when “Bill” was 9. “My brother and sister played a p*rn* in front of me,” said “Bill.”He is now a recovering sex addict.”

    And we have seen more and more cases of acting out what they are seeing. In February, seven 5th graders were suspended for playing “The Game.” It involved boys and girls touching each other inappropriately.”

    “This week, a mother sued an elementary school on the campus of Ball State University.  The mother claimed her son, and other 10-year-olds repeatedly had access to p*rn*graphic materials.  The complaint stated the boys would act what they saw out on each other.”

    “…it breaks down to parents in the home, at church and at school.  She said proactive steps could keep kids from getting curious with electronics by accessing parental controls.”

    If you’re a parent, there are steps you can take to limit the likelihood your child will be exposed to pornography online. Make your child use a shared or family computer, and keep it in a family room or other central location where you can keep an eye on your child while he or she is online. Make use of internet filters, blocking and tracking software. “Friend” your child on social media sites. And keep lines of communication open so that if your child sees something inappropriate, they feel safe talking to you about it. These and more Internet safety tips are available at www.internetsafety101.org.

     

     

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    One Response to Kids Getting Hooked on Porn

    1. Steve Botes
      June 14, 2013 at 11:58 am

      About twenty years ago I made a formal suggestion to ICAAN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) that they establish a series of high level domains comprised of “XXX”.

      At the time we had only a few domains… .com .gov and others. I did not think it was appropriate to censor the internet. And in fact will argue strongly that censorship should never happen. However, I DO want to know when I am entering an adult neighborhood. Forcing sites with adult content to register as a “XXX” or “XX?” domain would do that. Blocking on my or my child’s computer would be easy. I have two girls 10 and 12 but had no children at the time I made the suggestion. I have seen them accidentally wind up where they should not be. I have been to the library and watched teenagers view content that made me blush. Rural libraries such as the one where I live have little enough money for books let alone strong filters.

      My suggestion was “flamed” in the chat rooms as censorship. That is absurd. It is no different than putting a rating on a movie or identifying the red light district in Amsterdam. In fact not providing some guidelines for the internet may actually result in more censorship.

      Anybody remember how angry they were when entering http://www.whitehouse.com took you to a pornographic web site? How many children and adults entered the ‘.com’ rather than ‘.gov’? I did and was quite embarrassed given the situation at the time. The owner of the site found reason to change it’s format when he began a family and started to worry about his children. I happened to see a Tonight Show with Jay Leno in which he was a guest. It was rather enlightening to see his change of heart. He was also willing to admit that he missed the revenue the site had generated before cleaning it up.

      I have heard a number of others individuals, including Jay Leno, suggest that a ‘XXX’ domain would be appreciated. One of the common objections that sites would lose their customer base is hogwash. They would have to change their domain name, yes but there are many ways to do that without much impact. I also find it hard to believe that with a little prior notification the existing customer base would not be able to find their favorite adult site. Ever here of forwarding?

      Today I am still strongly of opinion that adult domains should be established and adult themed websites be required to use them. No exceptions nor excuses.

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