Internet Pornography: Making the Internet Safe For Children

Telus openly offers pay-per-download adult content and I was reading an article that stated “Telus’ decision to offer pornography was partly based on its tracking of the Internet sites accessed by its subscribers. That tracking discovered that about 20 percent of the search terms entered by clients on their mobile Internet browsers were intended to find adult content. Further, 13 of the top 25 websites accessed were pornographic websites of the most explicit kind; and only two of those sites offered any kind of “control” — asking subscribers to affirm that they were over 18.” This bring me to the project Blogger Power, which is a campaign to safeguard the internet for children against pornography.

I can see where the creators of Project Blogger Power, Mihaela and Jon are coming from and what they are doing is admirable. I applaud them for their efforts.

I certainly believe in protecting our children, but I’m not sure if having the blogosphere encourage adult sites to password protect pages is the answer here or if it will work.

Seeing inappropriate material is not the greatest danger to our children online. Statics show that the average age of a child’s first Internet exposure to pornography is 11 years old. 90% 8-16 year olds have viewed porn online ( most while doing homework.)

The greater threat comes from children using Internet communication tools such as chat rooms, network sites, e-mail and instant messaging that can put them at risk of encountering online predators and seeing pornography.

We should be addressing the concern that comes from Social network sites like MySpace, Facebook and Xanga. I believe in adult supervision and education. Both schools and libraries should have filters in place as a means to prevent children in schools and libraries from accessing pornography.

Statics report that every second – 28,258 Internet users are viewing pornography with 97% of men searching for free porn, 86% searching for playboy, where 64% of women are searching for adult sex and 59% of women are searching for cyber sex. There are 72 million visitors to pornography: Monthly. 34 % of internet users have received unwanted exposure to sexual material online. Internet porn statistics showed there are about 4.2 million pornographic websites constituting 12 per cent of the total websites.

Sadly children’s character names are even linked to thousands of porn links. At CyberTipline.org one can report pornographic websites that trick minors into viewing pornographic material. It is a crime to knowingly use a misleading domain name to deceive children into viewing content that is offensive and harmful to minors. Anyone doing so could be looking at spending four years in prison if convicted.

We have a responsibility to help make the internet safer for our children, but I believe the first and best answer to this growing problem is adult supervision and education.

What are your thoughts?

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