Our Children And Porn

A major concern of parents is exposure of their children to online pornography.  That concern is well founded.  According to pornharmsresearch.com, "The average age that children are exposed to pornography is eleven."  And viewing pornography definitely has negative effects on children.  Pornharmsresearch.com gives the following points about children viewing pornography:

  • "Pornography gives children unrealistic ideas about sex (often that violence is appropriate and women are to be subjugated) and the opposite gender, affecting their ability to develop healthy relationships.  It becomes difficult to form intimate relationships beyond sexual arousal and pleasure.
  • With over 90% of youth ages 12-18 using the Internet, the media has arguably become the leading sex educator in the U.S. today instead of parents and school education programs.
  • Children exposed to pornography tend to engage in sexual acts at younger ages, resulting in increased STDs, unwanted pregnancy and many other emotional consequences.
  • 90% of 8-16 year olds have viewed porn online, most admit that it is while doing homework."

What can parents do?  Checking out and purchasing parental control software is one step, however that only puts filters on personal devices.  A June 7, 2018 email from The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) explains how they are working on a broader front: "The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has been making progress with corporate policy advocacy because we contend that no organization or corporation should profit from, or contribute to, sexual exploitation.  

During June 2018, NCOSE staff, "...are meeting separately with executives at Google and with executives at Comcast! Both companies are starting to make improvements to filtering systems that will allow families and individuals to avoid pornography. We are meeting to thank them for these efforts, and to give them suggestions for the most important improvements."

Steps toward measures of control over the porn that is so easily accessible via modern technology is vital to the well-being of our children.  We applaud the work of NCOSE!  (Learn more about their efforts at www.endsexualexploitation.org.)
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So what's the connection between porn and trafficking? 
A 6/8/18 Facebook post by Pornography Harms explains it this way, 'When people say they don't care about the problem of pornography, but they're concerned about sex trafficking or sexual violence, I want to ask them 'What industry do you think is normalizing these crimes and giving some men the idea that they're entitled to women's bodies any time they want?'  The connection is crystal clear.  #Pornography creates and drives the demand for trafficked women, children, and men. #pornharms #endexploitation"

Learn more at https://endsexualexploitation.org/

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