Pornography on the internet must be on the top of the list for parents concerns for their kids.
I had made some really scary discovery whilst researching on how to address this issue for my home, and here are the shocking results:
Did you know?
The multi-billion-dollar pornography industry is using the Internet to tap into a new market unashamedly, the sanctity of American homes. There are 4.2 million pornographic websites. That equals roughly 12% of all websites in the world.
80% of 15-17 year olds have had multiple hard-core exposures.
90% of 8-16 year olds have viewed porn online (most while doing homework.)
29% of 7-17 year olds would freely give out home address.
14% of 7-17 year olds would freely give out email address. 26 Childrens character names (Including Pokeman and Action Man) are linked to thousands of porn links.
The average age of first Internet exposure to pornography is 11 years old.
One in five children ages 10-17 have received a sexual solicitation over the Internet.
70% of sexual advances over the Internet happened while youngsters were on a home computer.
A survey of 600 households conducted by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children found that 20% of parents do not know any of their childrens Internet passwords, instant messaging nicknames or email addresses.
Incidents of child sexual exploitation have risen from 4,573 in 1998 to 112,083 in 2004, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
96% of kids have gone online; 74% having access at home and 61% use the Internet on a typical day.
Twenty percent of youths received sexual solicitations. Eighty-nine percent of sexual solicitations of youths were made in chat rooms.
The report compiled for the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that nearly nine out of 10 young people, ages 12 through 17, have online access up from about three-quarters of young people in 2000.
Older teen girls who were surveyed, ages 15 to 17, are among the most intense users of the Internet and cell phones, including text messaging.
One in four children who use the Internet are exposed to unwanted sexual material.
21% of teens say they have looked at something on the Internet that they wouldnt want their parents to know.
Yikes! What on earth is happening? Pokemon character names used as links to porn sites?