Back to School, Back to Safety

“Pornography has become increasingly acceptable, accessible, and freely available, and it is one of the biggest threats to our children’s online safety” (Pornography 101).

“Internet safety is now the 4th top ranked issue in the list of health concerns for U.S. children” (C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, 2015).

As summer ends and families prepare to send their children back to school, many of them are unaware of the potential threats lurking on school and library computers. While technology has expanded the educational possibilities in the classroom, it has also introduced a harmful enemy: online pornography.

The internet is both a source of potential for our children and a source of concern. The potential being that the internet offers such an enormous range of positive and educational experiences and materials to our children. Yet, children online may be vulnerable to harm through exposure to sexually explicit materials and adult predators.

More children are becoming victims of brutal online sex abuse and developing an addition to it without even knowing. (Learn more here.)

Pornography gives an image of sexuality completely dehumanized, robotic, and with no connection to feelings. It conveys a degrading image of the woman. It is a violent sexuality where women are in positions of submission, alienation, and compliance to the desire of the man. Today, children aren’t protected when they navigate alone on the internet. They can, at any time, fall prey to explicit pornographic images that can be the beginning of an addiction in the future.

Porn is a new drug, an online epidemic. Pornography is, in and of itself, a form of sex trafficking. The demand for porn leads to the trafficking of others.

Click here for ideas on how to keep our children safe.

Traffickers Target Children

“It’s not surprising that young children and adolescents are the primary targets of traffickers/pimps, given their operational methods. Youth have less life experience, fewer coping mechanisms, and smaller social support mechanisms. This can work to the trafficker’s favor as he implements different recruitment and control tactics.” – Shared Hope International

“Among the diverse populations affected by human trafficking, children are at a particular risk to sex trafficking and labor trafficking.” – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Traffickers Exploit Vulnerability

In the U.S., the average age a child is recruited or forced into prostitution is 11-14 years old.

Shared Hope International (SHI) has identified a startling trend: American children are victims of the sex trade and they are being trafficked within the United States. SHI research reveals that Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) is a critical problem in many locations across the U.S.

Your children are growing up in a different world than you did–a world where a predatory porn industry is seeking to hook your vulnerable children as early as possible. You have the power to prepare your kids to reject pornography!

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