In this issue
April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Nov. 11, 2005 / 9 Mar-Cheshvan, 5766

What are your kids watching on the Web?

By Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman
Printer Friendly Version
Email this article

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The Internet has aptly been compared to an ocean filled with beautiful pearls waiting to be discovered. For children, it can also be an ocean filled with sharks in the form of pornography.

A report on children and pornography by Third Way, a progressive strategy group, is both enlightening and sobering. Test your knowledge by answering the following:

Question: What is the average age at which children are first exposed to Internet pornography?

A: Age 11.

Q: In 1998, there were 14 million individual pornographic Web pages. How many are there today?

A: 420 million, with estimates that porn pages will soon reach 1 billion.

Q: What is the single largest group viewing on-line pornography?

A: You were probably thinking young men in the 18-25 demographic or middle-age men, but the answer is children ages 12-17.

Those would be young people with minds and morals still forming, kids so inexperienced at life that they begin to believe deviate pornographic behavior is normal and acceptable. For many of those young men, pornography changes the way they think and behave, and their expectations of young women. What an uphill battle for young females with any self-respect left.

The stigma of shame once attached to pornography is disappearing. Porn has become a laugh line for family-time sitcoms.

Though sexual in nature, the porn industry is not driven by a lust for sex; it is driven by unadulterated greed.

In 2000, there was a company that sold more pornographic films than Larry Flynt of Hustler. Would you guess that company was Playboy or, oh, let's say something wacky like General Motors? Odd choice, you say.

In 2000, DirecTV, a subsidiary of General Motors, sold more pornographic films than Flynt himself. How ironic that GM, concerned about air bags, anti-lock brakes and your family's safety, owned another company capable of pulverizing your family's hearts and minds. In 2003 GM sold its stake in DirecTV to Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation.

Other corporations making ‘obscene profits’ on adult pay-per-view include AT&T, Time Warner, Comcast, Marriott International, Holiday Inn, Sheraton and Hilton. You won't read about this in their annual reports, but if a good share of your profits came from porn, you probably wouldn't publicize it either. To their credit, Omni Hotels quit offering adult pay-per-view several years ago.

The pornography lobby, also known as the Free Speech Coalition attempts to persuade politicians that the $12 billion annual porn profit is good for America. Funny, the e-mails I receive from people whose lives have been devastated by porn addiction would indicate it is anything but good.

Accessibility to porn is notoriously easy. Nearly all porn sites use the honor system. (Porn and honor in the same sentence — what s not to make your head explode?) The honor system consists of asking visitors to check a box affirming that they are at least 18 or 21, depending on the state. It's so easy a child can do it. Oh right, that s part of the plan. Hook 'em young.

Then there's porn-napping, a programming strategy designed to lure children who misspell a domain name like Disneyland, Pokemon or Teletubbies. One wrong keystroke and kids can find themselves diverted to raunchy adult sites.

In the time it took to read this column, several hundred more porn pages were posted on the Internet, all of which leads to the final question:

What are the kids in your house viewing on-line and what is your plan of action?

Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.

JWR contributor Lori Borgman is the author of , most recently, "Pass the Faith, Please" (Click HERE to purchase. Sales help fund JWR.) and I Was a Better Mother Before I Had Kids To comment, please click here. To visit her website click here.


© 2005, Lori Borgman