Read Part 1 There are a number of factors to consider when looking at the repercussions of teens looking at pornography. Let’s look at a few more consequences. – – – – The Internet Engine There are hundreds of millions of pornographic Web pages on the Internet. What makes Internet porn unique? A generation ago, to access and view pornography, one would need to drive to the seedy side of town and dare being spotted walking into to an adult book store. Usually the inconvenience and the fear of shame would be enough to prohibit most from making the drive. Not to … Continue reading →
The world has gone through rapid change in the last 20 years. One of the greatest technological advancements of last two decades has been the widespread usability of the Internet. The World Wide Web has radically changed the way we communicate, do business, organize finances, purchase merchandise and services, and find information. This change has been so radical that some sociologists call younger men and women the “Internet generation.” The Internet is a wonderful tool, a worldwide canvas for anyone to display their ideas. Never before has the world been so connected to information and news. Anyone can share anything. … Continue reading →
One of the key aspects of accountability is that it opens doors for communication. It “breaks the ice,” so to speak. It does this even for people who never get a highly rated site, simply allowing the partner to ask the question, “How are you doing?” Well, in this case, a son was indeed looking at pornography, and got caught by his dad, a pastor. Here are the dad’s words (given here with his permission): From: [mailto:] Sent: Tuesday, August 05, 2008 11:14 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Son spared. I would just like to say thank you for your service … Continue reading →
Just how many teens are talking with strangers online, and how many are meeting up with those strangers? In 2006, Cox Communications partnered with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and TV host and children’s advocate John Walsh to better understand teen online behavior, Internet safety, and the role parents play in their children’s use of online media. They conducted a national survey among 1,000 U.S. teenagers ages 13-17. Their report shows that nearly 7 out of 10 teens have received personal messages from people they’ve never met. These teens were asked “When someone whose name you don’t … Continue reading →
When it comes to the subject of teens and children using chat rooms and social networking sites (such as MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and Bebo), there are two prevailing attitudes or philosophies about safety. One school of thought is more cautious about how much information a teen should post about themselves online; the other is less cautious; each school of thought showcases its own Internet safety experts. How much information should a student post on their online profile?