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Youth Access To Internet Pornography; Should It Be Banned? Title: Trash Folder Is Full.

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Trash Folder is FullYouth access to pornography on the Internet has become a serious problem. Minors are exposed to pornography everywhere all over the world, but the Internet has made it more available, more accessible, and harder to control. As stated in an Australian discussion paper by Sue Headley, "Nearly three-quarters of boys and 11 percent of girls watched an x-rated video, while 84% of boys and 60% of girls have accidentally encountered sex sites on the Internet"(61). If someone tried researching pornography censorship, several porn links would appear along with the results. The U.S. Supreme Court has tried to help reduce youth access by upholding a ruling that requires public libraries to have strict filtering programs (Rubin, 1). It is debated that the younger a child begins looking at pornography the higher the potential that youth will become a violent or sexually aggressive person. Although it may ultimately be impossible to completely censor adolescences from pornography even with parental support, the Internet needs to be one less place youths go to obtain pornography. Even if that censorship infringes on free speech.Internet pornography allows adults to enjoy adult entertainment without embarrassment. However, as long as adults keep these sources available for themselves, youths will have access to controversial sites, as well. Whether a child searches for sexually explicit material consciously or is solicited, he or she will be bombarded with pornography. According to Roby Colman and Adrian Colman of Youth Studies Australia, tests show only thirty-eight percent of boys and two percent of girls intentionally look for pornography while online but it is easy to stumble upon provocative sites" (10). For example if a child looks for the White House web page but uses .com rather than .gov the child is brought to a porn site. Kids do not have to go looking for porn, they "can be drawn into viewing material they have no desire to see on the Internet through devices such as pop-ups', spam emails and even manipulation of search engines"(Colman, 10).Many Internet service providers such as AOL or others have created parental controls to filter sites and pop-ups. There are even websites with age blocks which only allow people eighteen years and older to enter and some sites even require driver license numbers. Yet, filtering and blocking have proven to not be enough. Not every computer has filtering software and there are methods around these blocks. A teen can borrow his father's drive license, save the URL address to favorites allowing that teen to enter directly into the site, and sometimes just skip the block all together. Technology is advancing so well that it keeps overtaking filtering programs forcing people to continually upgrade who can't necessarily. Parents have to keep buying updates which is expensive. Programs like Cyber Patrol or Net Nanny are either to difficult to use or are not very effective. As studies show, filters fail...

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