Group Blames Teen Porn Exposure On Lack of Enforcement

July 7, 2008 - 8:03 PM

(CNSNews.com) - An obscenity watchdog group is concerned with the results of a recent study that shows that 70 percent of teens surveyed have "accidentally" encountered porn on the Web.

Morality in Media blames the lack of obscenity law enforcement for the high number of teen exposure to online pornography.

"Clearly, there is a major failure in adult responsibility when almost three out of four teens report they have accidentally come across pornography on the Web," said Morality in Media President Robert Peters.

"But the biggest failure of responsibility lies with federal and state prosecutors who turn a blind eye to obscenity on the Internet," he said.

"If obscenity laws were being vigorously enforced, the last thing hardcore pornographers would want to do is draw attention to their vile wares by engaging in reckless marketing methods. If vigorously enforced, there would also be much less pornography to accidentally stumble across," Peters added.

The study, "Generation Rx.com: How Young People Use the Internet for Health Information," which was conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, also found that 57 percent of teens surveyed believe porn exposure would have a "serious impact on kids under 18." Forty-one percent said that exposure is "no big deal."

Parents shoulder some responsibility in monitoring teens' use of the Internet, but Internet service providers should block illegal porn even without a parent's request while libraries and schools should install screening technology, Peters said.

"Part of the blame must also fall on parents who don't use screening technology on their home computers; but no technology is perfect and technology on home computers cannot protect kids when they are at school or work or at a friend's house or the library," he said.

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