Tag Archives: Internet Safety 101

Our Culture Today: Drowning in Porn

This month’s New York Magazine included several articles under the banner “Drowning in Porn”, examining, in part, the impact the web-porn “tsunami” is having on the pornography industry, adults and children. As the series explains, the Internet served as “a distribution chute liberating [pornography] from the trench-coat ghetto of brown paper wrappers and seedy adult …

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New study: Kids are learning computer skills before life skills

Internet security and Anti-virus group AVG recently released its latest piece of research as part of their Digital Diaries series, which examines the challenges of growing up in a digital age.  The research highlights how dramatically technology and the Internet have reshaped the childhood experience.   As AVG Blog author J.R. Smith writes: Before the early …

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Pornography & Pop Culture: Pushing the Limits, Sexualizing Youth

I recently came across Cosmopolitan’s 2010 Sex Survey, which reported that 36% of women use pornography as a “sex enhancer”.  In another Cosmo article, the magazine essentially begs its readers to explore the many “benefits” of pornography.  One standout paragraph said: “While one must be aware of the dangers of porn addiction, [pornography] can be …

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Pornography, Trafficking and Prostitution: Connections are Clear

As we continue to reflect on White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) Week , we have included testimony from a briefing with Congressional staff examining what Congress can to do enforce existing obscenity laws.  During that briefing, Enough Is Enough President Donna Rice Hughes explained that kids have free and easy access to hardcore obscenity via …

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Porn Is Not Glamorous

White Ribbon Against Pornography Week begins Sunday, October 31, 2010 and runs through Sunday, November 7th, 2010. The White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) movement is intended to educate the public about the extent of the pornography problem and about what can legally be done to fight back against the flood tide of obscenity. If you …

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The COPA Commission Report: 10 Years Later

This week marks the 10-year anniversary of the release of the COPA Commission Report, the first significant report that identified key methods to help reduce minors’ access to harmful material online.  The Commission, upon which I served, reinforced the strategy for Internet safety that has been recommended by EIE since 1994: we all must play …

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‘Sextortion’ on the rise: Are your kids safe?

By now, most of us have heard stories about the increase in teen sexting—when cell phone and Internet users create and exchange provocative and nude sexual images of themselves using their cell phone or computer’s built-in digital camera. In a 2009 survey from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, one out of …

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Facebook, Foursquare and Geolocation, OH MY!

Reports out today suggest that Facebook may have partnered with Localeze, a local search provider that provides Twitter’s “places” directory, to debut a new geolocation “check-in” feature in the next couple of weeks. Geolocation (in brief): Geolocation provides the real-world geographic location of an object (like a cell phone or other Internet-connected device).  So a program …

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Drugs, Kids and the Virtual World

When I was in high school, I didn’t do drugs, but some of my peers certainly did.  They took their cues from older siblings and friends who passed along their “insights” about rolling a joint and making Jello shots.   Of course, some kids drank a lot, and some kids smoked a lot, but I only …

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Pornography: It’s Not Just for Boys

Last fall, I was speaking in the mountains of Virginia to a group of women about our work at Enough Is Enough to protect children and families from Internet dangers.  One of the issues we focused on was kids’ and adults’ free and easy access to Internet pornography.  Many of the women present wanted advice …

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