Protect Our Kids World Wide               -  Against Internet Pornograpy, Predators and Cyber Bullying


The Stats on Internet Pornography

Thursday, April 28 2011 07:57

When No One Is Watching

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Parenting and Pornography
Parenting 20 years ago did not bring the same challenges that we face today. In the early days of dial-up the only access to internet pornography was through dial-in Usenet groups or bulletin boards. Pornography was easier to obtain at your local 7-11 than on your computer. With the explosive growth of the World Wide Web in the 1990s, that all changed.
Pornography can now be accessed on every internet-enabled device from your home computer to your smartphone, internet-enabled video gaming consoles (Wii, Xbox 360, PS3), to your child's iPod Touch, PSP (PlayStation Portable), and more. With WIFI access available everywhere you turn, how do you protect your family when no one is watching?

Pornography Statistics

: 60% of websites visited on the Internet were sexual in nature.

: The Online Computer Library Centre's annual review found 74,000 adult websites accounting for 2% of sites on the net, and together they brought in profits of more than $1 billion; many were small scale, with half making $20,000 a year.

: The two largest individual buyers of bandwidth were U.S. firms in the adult online industry.

: The N2H2 database contained 260 million adult Web pages. This represented an almost 20-fold increase since 1998.

: There were 420 million Web pages of porn from nearly 1.6 million websites, 17 times greater than it was in 2000. It is believed that the majority of these websites are owned by less than 50 companies.

: Revenue from online subscriptions and sales was $2.8 billion, up from $2.5 billion in 2005, according to estimates from Adult Video Network.

: A study from Grunwald Associates, LLC, in cooperation with the National School Boards Association reported the following:
- Nine to seventeen year olds spend about 9 hours a week on online social networking activities (compared to about 10 hours watching TV).
- 96% of students with online access report that they use social networking technologies (chat, text messaging, blogging, online communities, etc.).
- 71% say they use social networking tools at least weekly.

: A study was done by Symantec which found "sex" to be the 4th most used search term on the internet. "Porn" was 6th. According to research from Family Safe Media, the largest group of viewers of Internet porn is children between ages 12 and 17. According to a study cited in the Washington Post, more than 11 million teenagers view Internet pornography on a regular basis.

: According to an anonymous survey published in the Journal of Adolescent Health in August 2009, 96% of teens interviewed had Internet access, and 55.4% reported that they had visited a sexually explicit website.

compiled the statistics shown in the photo on the right (click to enlarge).


Ways to Protect Your Family

Parents have made statements to me such as:

  • I found out that my 12 year old daughter has a MySpace page saying she is 19. What do I do?

  • My 14 year old son was using the computer last night and this morning my 8 year old daughter turned it on and porn pop-ups were everywhere. What can I do?

  • My son was at school and his friend showed him pornography on his iPod Touch. How did he do that?

  • My computer is running really slow and I keep getting pop-up messages about viruses and malware. Can you look at it?

  • I caught my ____________ (you fill in the blank) looking at inappropriate content. How do I block it?

You've heard the saying, "there's an app for that." When it comes to filtering pornography there are many resources available.  The following is the best:
Covenant Eyes provides an "internet accountability" service that monitors how the Internet is used and sends a report to the person you select, such as a friend, parent or mentor. This online transparency helps you think twice about how you use the Web. They also provide internet filtering software for Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Sign up by clicking on the banner below and get 1 MONTH FREE.
Closing Thoughts
While most content filters are very successful in blocking inappropriate content there will always be something that slips through. For the determined user there are ways around even the best filters, so here is what I recommend:



3.Don't let your children have computers in their bedrooms. Put your computer in a high-traffic area like the living room, family room or kitchen.

4.Use the parental controls that are built in to your computer's operating system to limit the time your children can spend online.

5.Lock down mobile devices that have parental controls. See Apple's website for more information.

Written by Luke Gilkerson

The World Wide Web is the greatest invention since the printing press. Nothing else has so radically shaped culture, media, commerce, entertainment, and communication. But with these benefits come great dangers all parents should know about.
7 Internet Dangers

1. Pornography – Warping the minds of youth
Repeatedly viewing pornography, especially from a young age, can radically shape one’s sexual attitudes and beliefs. Frequent exposures to sexually explicit material is closely linked to more permissive attitudes about sex, such as having multiple sexual partners, “one night stands,” cynicism about the need for affection between sexual partners, casual sexual relations with friends, and even mimicking behaviours seen in pornography.

2. Sexting – The unsafe ‘safe sex’
Sexting is sending or receiving nude or partially nude photos or videos through the Internet or cell phones. When teens engage in this risky behaviour, many things can go wrong. These images are easy to forward on to others. At times, these images can be considered “child pornography,” and some teens have already been given felony charges.

  • Nearly 1 in 5 teens who receive a sext share it with someone else.
  • 20% of teens have sent or posted a nude or semi-nude image of themselves.
  • Of those who have sent sexts, 76% of girls and 57% of guys sent it to get someone else to like them.

3. Cyberbullying – The mean way kids treat each other online
Bullying happens on both the playground and in the digital world. Hurtful words are exchanged. Rumours start easily and spread quickly. Profiles and e-mails are hacked. And these types of activities are common today:

4. Predators – Those seeking to ensnare our children
The Internet is a perfect forum to meet new people, but some with malicious intent can use it to “befriend” your child. Internet predators are expert manipulators, able to foster a relationship of dependence with a teenager. Most prey on a teen’s desire to be liked, their desire for romance, or their sexual curiosity. Often a predator “grooms” a child through flattery, sympathy, and by investing time in their online relationship. These can then turn into offline relationships or, in extreme cases, opportunities for kidnapping or abduction.

  • 76% of predators are 26 or older.
  • 47% of offenders are 20 years old than their victims.
  • 83% of victims who met their offender face-to-face willingly went somewhere with them.

5. Gaming – More risks of exposure to sexual media and interactions
While online and console games can be very fun, educational, and interactive, there are also hidden dangers. Much of the content of some games include sexual content, violence, and crude language. Plus, Internet-connected games enable kids to interact with strangers, some of which can be bad influences or mean your kids harm.

6. Social Networks – Redefining privacy
Social networks like Facebook are very popular online activities. But parents should be aware of the image their teens are projecting as well as the influences they are absorbing online.

7. YouTube – ‘Broadcast yourself’ culture means anything goes
YouTube is the world’s largest video sharing website. But because anyone can upload anything to YouTube, often videos can break the Community Guidelines for YouTube, and even those that do not can still be full of sexual innuendo, provocative content, and foul language.

  • 48 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute (about 8 years of content uploaded every day).
  • Over 3 billion videos are viewed every day on YouTube.
  • Users upload the equivalent of 240,000 full length films every week.

Sexting Statistics: What do the surveys say?
Written by Luke Gilkerson

“It’s a way to express your feelings. If a guy and a girl are in love, instead of saying it face to face, they can say it through technology.” (18-year-old guy from Brooklyn)

Sending nude or otherwise provocative images of yourself online or through your cell phone is called “sexting.” Over the last several years this issue has received more and more press, due largely to more publicized cases involving politicians, athletes, and celebrities.
Just how common is it? What should parents be concerned about?
Overview of Sexting Surveys

A number of surveys have been done on the subject of sexting.

The Prevalence of Sending Sexts Among Young People
What percentage of young people have sexted?

Estimates run from as low as 4% to as high as 20%. Comparing the studies, it is safe to say 7-9% of older teens (14-17 years old) send sexts, while older age groups tend to be involved in sexting at higher percentages, perhaps 20% or even more.

  • Conservative estimates say 4% of cell-owning teens (ages 12-17) have sent a “sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude” photo or video of themselves. The oldest teens were the most likely to report having sent a sext: 8% of 17-year-olds have sent one, compared to 4% of 12-year-olds (Pew Internet survey).
  • According to the MTV-AP survey, 13% of respondents (ages 14-24) have used their cell phone or the Internet to “send naked pictures” of themselves to someone else. The Executive Summary reports sending a sext is more common among 18-24-year olds (19%) than 14-17-year-olds (7%).
  • Another estimate says 9% of teens (ages 13-18) have sent a sext (Cox survey).
  • More liberal estimates say 20% of teens (ages 13-19) have posted or sent a nude or semi-nude image of themselves. Additionally, 33% of young adults (ages 20-26) have done the same (National Campaign survey).

Why such a large range of estimates?

  • First, some of the samples were limited. The National Campaign and Cox surveys come from non-probability online panels, which may not represent the general populace.
  • Second, some of the surveys, like the Pew Internet survey, limited their questions to include only sending images through cell phones, and did not include posting photos or videos to social networks or other websites.
  • Third, not all surveys sampled the same age groups. The Pew study, which yielded the lowest percentage (4%), also included the youngest sample (12-year-olds along with teens). Eighteen-year-olds were included in the Cox survey, yielding 9% who were sexters. The National Campaign survey included 18- and 19-year-olds, and yielded the highest percentage (20%).

The Prevalence of Receiving Sexts Among Young People
What percentage of young people have received sext messages?

Again, the older they get, the more prevalent it is.

Among younger groups (12-years-old), it could be as low as 4%. Among 17-year-olds, it could be as high as 30%. And among older teens and young adults, these percentages are likely even higher.

  • Conservative estimates from Pew Internet indicate 15% of cell-owning teens (ages 12-17) say they have received sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude images of someone they know. The results show a steady increase as kids get older: 4% of 12-year-olds receiving these images compared to 20% of 16-year-olds and 30% of 17-year-olds.
  • The Cox survey found similar results: 17% of teens (ages 13-18) have received a sext.
  • Of the 14-24-year-olds who took the MTV-AP survey, 21% said, “Someone sent me, on my cell phone or on the Internet, naked pictures or videos of themselves.” Additionally, 8% said they participated in a webcam chat during which someone else performed sexual activities.
  • More liberal findings from the National Campaign’s survey show 31% of 13-19 year olds have received sexts, as have 46% of young adults (20-26-year-olds).

The Visibility of Sexting regardless of how common sending, receiving, or showing sexts is, surveys show
it is a fairly visible activity among teens and young adults.

  • When 535 students from 18 schools in South West UK responded to a survey, 39% said at least one of their friends has “shared intimate pictures/videos” with a boyfriend or girlfriend. When the same students were asked how many incidents of sexting in the past year they were aware of, 50% said “one or two” incidents, 19% said “a few,” and 24% said it happens regularly or all the time (SW Grid for Learning).
  • The National Campaign survey revealed 49% of teens (13-19) believe sending sexts is fairly or very common among people their age; 65% of young adults (20-26) said the same for their age group.

Who Sexts Are Sent To when sexting occurs, who is the intended recipient?
The most common person a sexter sends a picture or video to is a boyfriend or girlfriend.

  • In the National Campaign survey, 69% of teen sexters (13-19) identified a boyfriend or girlfriend as the recipient; 60% of teen sexters (13-18) said the same in the Cox survey; as did 59% of sexters in the MTV-AP survey.
  • Sexts are also sent to people whom the sexter is interested in dating. In the National Campaign survey, 30% of teen sexters said they have sent them to “someone I wanted to date or hook up with”; 18% said the same in the MTV-AP survey; 21% in the Cox survey said they have sent sexts to “someone I had a crush on.”
  • Sexts are also sent to friends: 27% of sexting teens in the National Campaign survey report sending sexts to one or more good friends; 14% of sexting teens in the Cox survey said they had sent a sext to their “best friend”; 11% of sexters in the MTV-AP survey said “a good friend.”
  • Smaller percentages send sexts to people with whom they are less familiar. The National Campaign survey states 15% of teen sexters sent the sexts to “someone I only knew online,” and 7% to “someone I just met.” In the Cox survey, 11% of sexters send they sent the sexts to “someone I don’t know.”

The Harms Associated with Sexting – Not Just a Legal Matter
On several occasions, teens who have sent, received, or forwarded nude images have actually faced child porn charges—a felony crime. While some states have downgraded the law to classify sexting as a misdemeanour, in most places this is not the case.
While potential criminal charges is one of the major harms that can come from sexting, it is not, by any means, the most widespread harm.

1. A Predictor of Sexual Activity and Attitudes

Sexting is just one more example of the sex-on-tap culture in which we live.
According to the Adolescent Health Survey, which surveyed 23,000 high school students in the Boston area, students who have had sexual intercourse are five times more likely than virgins to be involved in sexting.
According to the National Campaign survey, the most common reason why a teen sends or posts a sext is to be “fun/flirtatious” (63% of sexters). Additionally, 43% said they have sent sexts as a “sexy” present for their boyfriend or girlfriend, 25% “to get a guy/girl’s attention,” and 24% “to feel sexy.”
Cyberbullying expert Kate McCaffrey says, “The Internet is saturated with sexual imagery. It’s the norm.” In this world of digital sexuality, “Girls generally feel some sort of pressure to give something sexually that they’re not comfortable doing,” she says.

2. A Precursor to Virtual Slander

Sexy digital photos or videos can easily be forwarded or shown to others.
Danah Boyd, Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research, says in nearly every school she visits she hears the same types of stories of sexting gone awry. The stories become quickly formulaic, she says. “Formula #1: Boy and girl are dating, images are shared. Boy and girl break up. Spurned lover shames the other by spreading images. Formula #2: Girl really likes boy, sends him sexy images. He responds by sharing them, shaming her.”

  • According to the National Campaign survey, 14% of teens (13-19) said they have shared a sext with someone other than the one it was originally meant for; 29% of teens said they have had sexts shared with them that were not meant for them to see.
  • Similar estimates were found by the MTV-AP survey: 18% of young people (14-24) said they have shared sexts sent to them with another person. The survey also indicates more specific sexting activities: 10% said that someone had sent them naked pictures or videos of someone else that they know personally, while 13% said someone had showed them pictures.

In more serious cases, this can also lead to something referred to as “sextortion,” when people use the pictures of videos as a form of blackmail.

Bullying Statistics: Fast Facts About Cyberbullying
Written by Luke Gilkerson

The American Academy of Pediatrics calls Cyberbullying the “most common online risk for all teens.”
Cyberbullying is deliberately using digital media to communicate false, embarrassing, or hostile information about or to another person.
Types of Bullying Online according to the
, there are many types of Cyberbullying:

  • Gossip: Posting or sending cruel gossip to damage a person’s reputation and relationships with friends, family, and acquaintances.
  • Exclusion: Deliberately excluding someone from an online group.
  • Impersonation: Breaking into someone’s e-mail or other online account and sending messages that will cause embarrassment or damage to the person’s reputation and affect his or her relationship with others.
  • Harassment: Repeatedly posting or sending offensive, rude, and insulting messages.
  • Cyber-stalking: Posting or sending unwanted or intimidating messages, which may include threats.
  • Flaming: Online fights where scornful and offensive messages are posted on websites, forums, or blogs.
  • Outing and Trickery: Tricking someone into revealing secrets or embarrassing information, this is then shared online.
  • Cyber-threats: Remarks on the Internet threatening or implying violent behaviour, displaying suicidal tendencies.

Cyberbullying Facts

  • 32% of online teens say they have been targets of a range of annoying or potentially menacing online activities. 15% of teens overall say someone has forwarded or posted a private message they’ve written, 13% say someone has spread a rumour about them online, 13% say someone has sent them a threatening or aggressive message, and 6% say someone has posted embarrassing pictures of them online.
  • 38% of online girls report being bullied compared with 26% of online boys. In particular, 41% of older girls (15-17) report being bullied—more than any other age or gender group.
  • 39% of social network users have been cyber-bullied in some way, compared with 22% of online teens who do not use social networks.
  • 20% of teens (12-17) say “people are mostly unkind” on online social networks. Younger teenage girls (12-13) are considerably more likely to say this. One in three (33%) younger teen girls who use social media say that people their age are “mostly unkind” to one another on social network sites.
  • 15% of teens on social networks have experienced someone being mean or cruel to them on a social network site. There are no statistically significant differences by age, gender, race, socioeconomic status, or any other demographic characteristic.
  • 13% of teens who use social media (12-17) say they have had an experience on a social network that made them feel nervous about going to school the next day. This is more common among younger teens (20%) than older teens (11%).
  • 88% of social media-using teens say they have seen someone be mean or cruel to another person on a social network site. 12% of these say they witness this kind of behaviour “frequently.”
  • When teens see others being mean or cruel on social networks, frequently 55% see other people just ignoring what is going on, 27% see others defending the victim, 20% see others telling the offender to stop, and 19% see others join in on the harassment.
  • 36% of teens who have witnessed others being cruel on social networks have looked to someone for advice about what to do.
  • 67% of all teens say bullying and harassment happens more offline than online.
  • 1 in 6 parentsknow their child has been bullied over social media. In over half of these cases, their child was a repeat victim. Over half of parents whose children have social media accounts are concerned about Cyberbullying and more than three-quarters of parents have discussed the issue of online bullying with their children.
  • 11% of middle school students were victims of Cyberbullying in the past two months. Girls are more likely than boys to be victims or bully/victims.
  • “Hyper-networking” teens (those who spend more than three hours per school day on online social networks) are 110% more likely to be a victim of Cyberbullying, compared to those who don’t spend as much time on social networks.

Anti Bullying Campaigns and Programs

Effects of Bullying

“While bullying through physical intimidation has long been a problem among teenagers, Cyberbullying by using computers and smart phones to send rumours or post cruel messages has become more prevalent in recent years,” explains Dr. Jennifer Caudle. “Even though there might not be physical injuries, Cyberbullying leaves deep emotional scars on the victim.”
Warning signs of being cyber-bullied can include:

  • appearing sad, moody, or anxious
  • avoiding school
  • withdrawing from social activities
  • experiencing a drop in grades
  • appearing upset after using the computer
  • appearing upset after viewing a text message

In extreme cases, physical bullying and online bullying can drive a child or teen to deep depression and even suicide (sometimes called “bullycide”). Since 1983, over 150 children have taken their own lives due, in part, to the extreme pressure of being bullied.
When it comes to suicides related to Cyberbullying, some names have made national headlines in recent years.Ryan Halligan (2003) may be the earliest known case of suicide provoked by Internet taunts, but unfortunately many others have followed: Jeffrey Johnston (2005), Kristina Calco (2006), Rachael Neblett (2006),  Megan Meier (2006), Jesse Logan (2008), Alexa Berman (2008), Michael Joseph Berry (2008), Iain Steele (2009), Hope Wittsell (2009), Tyler Clementi (2010), Ashley Rogers (2010), Alexis Skye Pilkington (2010), Phoebe Prince (2010), and Amanda Cummings (2011).
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