Here’s why everyone should monitor their children’s internet activity.*
-The average age of someone finding porn online is 11.
-Sex and Porn are among the top 5 search terms for kids under 18.
-Only 3% of adult web sites require age verification.
-Fewer than half (48 percent) of U.S. parents set parental controls on their family computer.
You need to watch this video…it’s even easier than shown here for kids to stumble across porn.
*Here are some updated statistics (http://www.thedemandproject.org/Statistics.aspx):
- It is a crime to use the Internet to knowingly persuade, induce, entice or coerce a child younger than the age of 18 to meet for sexual acts or to attempt to arrange such a meeting (18 U.S.C. §2422(b)).
- 93 percent of teens ages 12 to 17 go online.
- Of children five years old and younger who use the Internet, 80 percent use it at least once a week.
- One in 25 children ages 10 to 17 received an online sexual solicitation where the solicitor tried to make offline contact.
- 15 percent of cell phone owning teens ages 12 to 17 say they have received sexually suggestive nude/semi-nude images of someone they know via text.
- State and local law enforcement agencies involved in Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces reported a 230 percent increase in the number of documented complaints of online enticement of children from 2004 to 2008.
- Thirty-four percent of children ages 10 to 17 have received unwanted exposure to sexual material, according to key online victimization research presented by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
- In 82% of online sex crimes against minors, the offender used the victim’s social networking site to gain information about the victim’s likes and dislikes.
- 65% of online sex offenders used the victim’s social networking site to gain home and school information about the victim.
- 26% of online sex offenders used the victim’s social networking site to gain information about the victim’s whereabouts at a specific time.
- 63% of teens said they know how to hide what they do online from their parents.