Have you heard about internet pornography? If you haven’t, then you’ve probably not used the internet your entire life. For every person who has tried to surf the web, check email, or simply research on something useful, there’s almost a one hundred percent chance of stumbling on an internet porn site.
Pornography these days is permanently attached to the internet. This is primarily caused by two factors. One is the fact that the demand for porn is very great and that the World Wide Web is the best place to spread and share it. In fact, people these days are slowly thinking that the practice of viewing, sharing, and producing pornographic material is okay. Every second, there are almost thirty thousand people viewing pornography websites at the same time. This means that this industry is becoming a big business for those who produce and distribute them.
For casual observers, this trend is probably a normal consequence of the convenience brought by the internet technology. However, it’s another case if children are involved.
The advancement of communication and information through the web has allowed the emergence of another breed of criminals – child pornographers and offenders. Before the web was born, there was little known information about the extent of child pornography. Most cases involved recording and taking photos of child victims forced to do sexual acts. But today, the crime has alarmingly evolved. Child pornographic material these days are not limited to private collections. Pedophiles and predators are exchanging and sharing this stuff for their sexual pleasure.
With child pornography, the children who are used as the subjects for the material are not the only victims. Minors who unknowingly view them over the internet become victims as well. Statistics show that the average age of a child who gets his first exposure to pornography is 11. Additionally, almost eighty percent of teens aged 15-17 become exposed to hard-core pornographic material.
Exposure to pornography can result to grossly negative consequences for children and teens. Not only will they become influenced by what they see, it can also lead to confusion and stress. While there are several parental software and programs out there to prevent pornographic sites from appearing in the desktop, many of them are still not a hundred percent effective when it comes to totally preventing children and teens from viewing porn.
While adult pornography can well be accepted morality wise, exposing and using children for the same purpose is absolutely wicked. The people who prey at the innocence of kids for pornographic purposes should be punished. Those who fancy children as sexual objects should also have the same and equal punishment. No matter how much they justify their sexual fetish towards children, it is simply not right. It does not only violate every right of a child, it is also a gross violation of the laws of God and morality.