Kids Seeing Porn on the Web

It's a great big world out there on the Internet. And much of it offers a terrific educational opportunity for our kids. But then there's the
not-so-kid-friendly side…

Are your kids seeing porn on the Web?

Do
you know what your kids are checking out online? Do they have a
computer in the bedroom, where it's harder to monitor what they're up
to?

An alarming percentage of kids and teens are being exposed to porn on the internet, mostly through accidental viewing while surfing the Web, according to researchers at the University of New Hampshire.

They
conducted a telephone survey of 1,500 Web users ages 10 to 17 (with the
parents’ consent). Forty-two percent of the kids said they had seen
online pornography in a recent 12-month span. Sixty-six percent of
those said they had not been searching for those images. Most of the
kids who reported unwanted exposures were ages 13 to 17. But a fair
number of 10- and 11-year-olds also had unwanted exposures — 17 percent
of boys and 16 percent of girls.

More than a third of 16- and
17-year-old boys surveyed said they had intentionally visited
pornographic sites in the past year. For girls that age, the figure was
8 percent.

A generation ago, kids grabbed a peek at a Playboy
magazine
now and then. Today, the stuff they can potentially run across
on the Web is mind-boggling — and could be pretty damaging.

Clearly, we don't want our kids to have unlimited, unmonitored access to the Web. They need us to keep a watchful eye. 

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One Response to “Kids Seeing Porn on the Web”

  1. Great Info. I am astonished with how easy it is for children to access inappropriate websites whether on purpose or by accident. Do filters, blockers work? What is the best way for parents to keep a “watchful eye” as you put it?