How to Protect Our Future on the Internet

How to Protect Our Future on the Internet - How to Protect...

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How to Protect our Future on the Internet 1 How to Protect Our Future on the Internet. Pornography is a Billion dollar industry and will never go away as many people say SEX SELLS, and the internet can be a fun and a place for kids to find games, information for homework and other beneficial things that will enhance their growth of learning. The internet has its benefits but it can also be a scary and dangerous place for people trying to navigate the web. Many parents cannot be looking over the shoulder of their children 24/7 to see where they are surfing the web. Parents and the Government needs be doing everything to protect our children from this vile material without intruding on the first amendment of our constitution. Before we start let’s look at some facts about children and internet pornography. According to Webster’s dictionary, pornography is material (as books or a photograph) that depicts erotic behavior and is intended to cause sexual excitement. With more children having access to the internet today, more children are accidently stumbling on pornography with miss spelled websites and etc. The University of New Hampshire recently did a telephone survey on 1,500 children seeing pornography on the internet. Below are the results. 4 2 percent of Internet users’ ages 10 to 17 surveyed said they had seen online pornography in the past year. - 66 percent of those who saw the pornography said they did not want to view the images and had not sought them out.
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- Most kids who reported unwanted exposure were ages 13 to 17. Still, sizable numbers of 10- and 11- year-olds also had unwanted exposure -- 17 percent of boys and 16 percent of girls. - More than one-third of 16- and 17-year-old boys surveyed said they had intentionally visited X-rated sites in the past year. Among girls the same age, 8 percent had done so. Does it lead to early sexuality activity? A psychiatrist at the University of Chicago said “exposure to online pornography could lead kids to become sexually active too soon” (2007). I want to make sure everyone knows that not every child is going to be effected in the same way, but with saying that the more exposure to porn at a young age can make a child more deviant and want to experiment more sexually. Here is a story from a teenager who was exposed “When I was 11 years old I was on AOL and stuff started popping up. I said, "Oh, wow!! What's this?" Oh, I never saw anything like this and my curiosity caused me to go deeper and deeper. I downloaded pornographic pictures and then I started putting into practice some of the things I saw. Before that time, I was not sexually active” (protect). {Although there are no studies about exposure to sexual material on the Internet and resulting behavioral changes, a national study of older teenagers illuminates concerns about changes in the attitudes and beliefs of young people.13 Over half(59%) of respondents believe that viewing Internet pornography may encourage young people to have sex
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This note was uploaded on 12/11/2010 for the course SPE 4100 taught by Professor Koehn,v during the Spring '08 term at Metropolitan State College of Denver.

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