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Keep Your Child Safe from Internet Porn

The statistics are scary: the average age of a child when first exposed to Internet porn is 11 years old, with the largest consumers of porn being the 12-to-17-year-old group.

And almost 90 percent of eight to 16-year-olds have viewed porn online, most while doing homework.

Of those who were accidentally exposed to porn while surfing the Web, 66 percent say they did not seek the images out, and did not want to view them.

Donna Rice Hughes, a noted Internet safety expert, says that every child who views pornography will not necessarily be negatively affected.

Just as one drink will not make a person an alcoholic, Hughes says, so the child who occasionally views pornography will not automatically become a sexual deviant.

Hughes warns that the harm comes after repeated exposures, when a child may be drawn to seek it out, and can quickly become addicted after that.

So learning more about the dangers of Internet porn and how you can protect your child is critical.

One good way to prepare children for accidental viewing of Internet porn is by letting your child know beforehand that they may occasionally come across unwanted information or pictures, and to let you know if this happens.

Another way to protect your child is to buy Internet filtering software to block porn sites. While not 100-percent effective, the software will cut down substantially on the times that your child may come across pornographic or questionable material.

A helpful information site for porn and kids is called protectkids.com. Here you can learn about the dangers your child may be exposed to on the Internet, and other ways to reduce the risk that your child will be harmed.

The site also provides safety tools and shows parents the warning signs of porn exposure, as well as how to report a cybercrime, if needed.

Protecting your child from the dangers of the Internet may not be easy, but the satisfaction of having a more secure and healthy child will make it all worthwhile.

November 13, 2008 - Posted by | Computer, Cultural | , , , ,

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