Child Pornography: How To Protect Your Child On The Internet
The child pornography industry is a huge one, with about $97 million in revenue! With the help of the internet, it has become some sort of mainstream entertainment. In 2015 alone, Google had an average of 135,000 unique searches per month on pornography. The statistics have since grown since then. If that's not shocking, these statistics about teenagers between (ages 11 and 17) and online photography will shock you.
Statistics About Online Child Pornography
- 9 out of 10 boys and 6 out of 10 girls are exposed to online pornography before they turn 18.
- The first exposure to pornography among boys is 12 years old, on average.
- 83% of boys and 57% of girls are exposed to group sex online.
- 69% of boys and 55% of girls are exposed to same-sex intercourse online.
- 32% of boys and 18% of girls are exposed to bestiality online.
- 15% of boys and 9% of girls have seen child pornography online.
- 71% of teens have done something to hide their online activity from their parents.
- 28% of 16-17-year-olds have unintentionally been exposed to pornography online.
- 20% of 16-year-olds and 30% of 17-year-olds have received a sext.
- 39% of boys and 23% of girls have seen sexual bondage online.
These statistics show that there's an important need to protect your children from online pornography and predators. These predators lurk within online chat rooms to lure teenagers and unsuspecting children into the sinister act of child pornography. We've come up with some tips to help you protect your children from these predators. You also want to guide them into a mature, well-rounded view of sex and sexual activities.
Tips To Protect Your Kids From Online Pornography
- Talk to Them: Protecting your child from online child pornography starts with having an open conversation with them. Depending on their age and maturity, the definitions, descriptions and words you use to explain things to them will differ. The idea is to let them understand they're maturing and will have to start taking responsibility for their actions. You should let them know the relationship between actions and reactions. It's also important for them to always weigh their actions and reactions. Try not to speak from a condescending or accusatory position, but rather a place of understanding. It is best to get our children to be open to us, by being open and loving to them.
- Take Decisions With Them: Create a family plan that lets your kids be involved in the planning of the family. Don’t just set up rules and demand that they follow them. Children are more likely to obey the rules they helped create than the ones imposed on them. When you have the conversations with them, ask for their opinions and see how those can be considered when making decisions. In protecting your child from child pornography, your children have to be involved in the whole process of planning. These rules will include appropriate online behavior and where the internet can be used in the house. Also, how long they can be online daily; weekdays and weekend.
- Use of Protection and Filters: In talking with your child, tell them that pornographic websites will be barred from your home internet service. Your reasons should be stated clearly, taking into consideration their age and maturity. Once you've done this and you have ascertained they fully understand the reasons, employ a good device filter (as opposed to one that works from the modem level). The best internet and phone filters of 2018, according to Educate and Empower Kids, are listed below:
Best Filters of 2018
- Norton Family
- 120 Chapter 5
- Wigito and
- Surfie by Pure Sight
- Put in Place a System of Trust and Verification: You have to show your child that as they grow, you are willing to grant them more levels of trust via occasional verification. You should know your children's passwords, but have an agreement and promise with them not to “Spy” on them. But you'll need to occasionally check in on what they do online(verification). The idea is to get their permission to do this and not snoop or spy on them. This will make them comfortable to let you in on what they go through; challenges and victories.
- Lead by Example: Children learn by precepts and examples. It is not enough to set rules, these rules to an extent should also apply to you. The best example your children can see and learn from is you. Make sure your browser history is not out there for them to access. Also, delete your browser history if you have to visit websites you feel they shouldn’t have access to at their age.
What other strategies do you have for protecting your children from child pornography? Hit us up in the comments.