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Your Kids On Porn … or NOT
by Vicki Tiede
Let’s just, for a moment, agree to take off all the blinders. Regardless of how great a parent you are or how careful you’ve been about raising your children in the church, the fact of the matter is pornography has a pervasive Internet presence and tempts even the best kids.
“Not in MY house!” you insist.
Seriously, don’t kid yourself.
Walt Mueller of the Center of Parent and Youth Understanding has stated that in all his research when he assesses the various issues students are facing today–broken homes, divorce, cutting, illegal drugs, depression, bullying and the like—that pornography is THE issue that we need to set our target on.
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According to Family Safe, the average age of a kid’s first Internet exposure to pornography is 11. Odds are once a child has seen it, they’ll seek it out. This is supported by the fact that the largest consumers of Internet porn are those between the ages of 12 and 17. Ninety percent of 8- to 16-year-olds have viewed porn online.
The sad fact is, many of our kids have no need to seek out porn, because it finds them. (Don’t believe me? Check out: www.kff.org—“Key Facts—Teens Online—Fall 2002”) Seventy percent of teens ages 15-17 report that they have accidentally stumbled upon Internet pornography. One recent study found that 47 percent of school-aged children received porn spam on a daily basis. This study also found that as many as one in five children open the spam they receive. (Symantec survey reveals more than 80 percent of children using e-mail receive inappropriate spam daily,” Business Wire, June 9, 2003.)
Allow me to offer a small cup of painful reality …
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