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Porn for Kids: How to Protect Children From Pornography

Porn for Kids

Pornography is one of the largest industries in the entire world. In fact, in 2006, pornography revenue passed $97 billion, and the amount has continued to increase. $13 billion of this comes directly from the United States. In fact, every second of every day, over $3,000 is spent on porn, with over 28,000 Internet viewers looking up porn at the same time. On top of it all, a new porn video is uploaded to the Internet from just the United States every 39 minutes. All of this points to an ever growing business. While there are hundreds of billions of dollars to be made online through the Internet, it places children in harm’s way from accidentally viewing inappropriate content. Porn for kids is illegal, as content online showing any sort of sexual content requires viewers to be at least 18 years of age to legally view the content. Of course, it is still possible for children to view this free kids porn, so blocking the material and making sure children are not able to see this are extremely vital as a parent. The last thing you want is for your child to view these images and videos. While the chance of them stumbling across this content grows every single day, it is possible to protect them as well. After all, it is important to prevent them from viewing content that you do not want them to gain access to.

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Statistics

While there is the Internet at school, the majority of unwanted exposure occurs at home. 79 percent of all undesired exposure to porn occurs right in your home, which is what makes it so important for you to protect your computer and your children from this sort of content. Sadly, child pornography is also one of the largest and fastest growing businesses online. Although illegal in the United states to not only produce but to view and store, the Internet Watch Foundation determined over 1,500 child abuse domains available over the Internet and despite being illegal in the States, 58 percent of these domains are inside of the United States. It is often discovered that individuals who possess child pornography also sexually abuse children in reality. In total, around 40 percent of those who have been arrested for child pornography also have been found guilty of child sexual abuse as well. The vast majority (83 percent) of child pornography online revolves around children between the age of 6 and 12. 39 percent of child pornography occurs between the ages of three and five, while another 19 percent is images of toddlers under the age of three. Currently, child pornography brings in $3 billion annually.

Youth and the Internet

Children are, by nature, curious and are going to explore their boundaries. Whether it is in real life or online, this is almost always going to be the case. When using the Internet, children are going to look up just about anything. While they might not understand what they are looking up, through a simple search engine, it is possible to access just about anything. However, unsupervised children can run into all sorts of problems that might lead to extremely bad interactions. 48 percent of children in kindergarten and first grade interacted with other individuals over the Internet, and while 50 percent of children in this age group are supervised while using the Internet at home, the other half are allowed to do what they please. While using the Internet, 48 percent of children said they saw material that they believed to be inappropriate and made them uncomfortable, and while 72 percent of children told an adult, a quarter of these children kept it to themselves.

Checking Later Doesn’t Always Help

Some parents believe that simply checking the Internet after a child is done using it is enough to prevent their child from looking up and finding something inappropriate. However, 32 percent of all teenagers clear out their browser history after they have finished using the Internet, 16 percent have a private email address and social media accounts their parents do not know about and almost half of teenagers close out a window they believe might land them in trouble when they hear a parent approaching. Even some general parent filters do not work, as 11 percent of children, according to the Harris Interactive McAfee poll, said they knew hot to unlock and disable parental control filters.

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The Importance of Protecting Your Child Online

Children have access to not only pornography online but also individuals who might try to exploit them as well. 52 percent of teens reported giving out personal information online to another person they did not know, including photos of themselves and physical descriptions. All of this takes place, even though the family computer is often located in a public location of the house, with 74 percent of families saying the computer is openly situated where just about anyone is able to access it. While online 90 percent of males between the ages of 13 and 14 reported accessing pornography, with 70 percent of females doing the same. By this age, one in three boys are already heavy pornography viewers and actively view porn on a regular basis. The pornography often comes up by accident though, as only a third of these children stated they went to the porn websites on purpose. Instead, the vast majority accidentally viewed the content while performing normal Internet searches or when visiting online chat rooms.

Important Services But Not Perfect

It is important to do whatever you can in order to block out porn from your children. In general, you can turn on the parental filter features on your computer. The best way to do this is to create separate log-ins for each individual inside of the home. This way, you can adjust the filters for each individual. You can also remove access to altering the filters on these accounts as well. With this at your disposal, the only way someone can change the filter settings on an account is by your child accessing your account and learning your password to turn off the filter.

Of course, this is not the only way to protect your child and, despite a good feature, it is not always perfect. You can install blocking software that scans the website for inappropriate information. This generally works well as it can prevent images and videos from coming up and stop your child from reaching a pornographic website. General Internet searches can sometimes bypass this. If this is the case, you can set the search features of the computer to “Safe”, which blocks up the majority of the other pornographic features, although it is easy enough for a child to change these settings right in the browser.

You might wonder if some of the more popular websites your child might visit contain porn. You might wonder “is there porn on YouTube?” and while generally, there is no classified porn, and Google does a good job at removing and blocking actual nudity and sexual acts, it is possible to view some softcore content that has not yet been flagged, and videos with suggestive language often skips past the censors.

In order to truly know what your child is actually doing online, you need to monitor what they do. Your child can clear out the search engine and Internet browser, or they can even remove certain entries, so it still looks normal. Instead though, you can install a key logging software. With the key logging software, you can view everything they have typed, clicked on and entered, and these programs often install without any sort of notification or icon and the only way to actually open the program up is by holding down a certain set of keys on the keyboard. This way, you always know what your child is doing online and you can also build a sense of trust between you and your child.

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There is all sorts of content online you probably don’t want your child to gain access to, especially at such a young age. The porn industry is one of the largest in the world, so with such a large industry it does spread across almost every single corner of the Internet. While the mainstream industry often tries its best to prevent children from accessing its websites, there are other, third party websites, that make it that much easier to visit. Due to this, you need to know how to protect your children and keep porn for kids away from them. There are certain actions you can take advantage of in order to protect them, and while it is not always possible to be standing over their shoulder every minute of every day they are online, there are certain features you can utilize while you combat porn and any possible effect the industry might have on your child, should they accidentally stumble across a website and view the material.

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