A Simple Way to Keep Pornography at Bay
GOD only knows what the long-term effect of regularly accessing online pornography and other unsuitable material is on children and teenagers, because this generation is the first to be exposed to it. But a distorted view of sex and human relations is probably the least of it.
Despite the best efforts of Irish parents, over half of whom regularly monitor their children's internet usage, the figures are alarming: one in ten children as young as ten has accessed hardcore pornography and one in four has looked at anorexia websites or sites detailing suicide techniques.
As always, there's no substitute for parents keeping a vigilant eye on their own children. But the truth is that our children are far more internet-savvy than we are, so blocking access to material of this kind is never going to be easy.
In modern homes with wifi, control has become even more difficult. Access to the internet is no longer confined to the family computer in the living room; children can just as easily go online on laptops and mobile phones in the privacy of their own bedrooms. …