Should the Web be Adults Only?

The advent of technology paved the way to a more accessible retrieval of information online. According to research, most of the students aged 18 and below do their homework using the Internet. This kind of open information is a good thing; however, it also has its disadvantages. For one, children are exposed to pornographic materials and other adult content online, such as live adult chat and live sex shows. Because of this, should children be banned from using the Internet?

Should the Web be Adults Only?

In protecting children from adult content on the web, some people proposed that children should be restricted from using the Internet. If truth be told, kids as young as seven and eight years old are running into explicit material on the web. This is alarming since research shows that early exposure to adult material has a deleterious effect on children.

However, there are those who believe that censorship is not the answer, but sex education is. For them, sex should not be painted as something dirty or reprehensible. There are pornographic materials that imbue positive value and effects. Yes, porn influences us into thinking that we should meet these “porn standards” regarding one’s body structure and certain sexual practices. But adult materials have also shown that everyone can achieve sexual satisfaction, regardless of age, size, race and gender.

Today, various governments around the world have enforced actions on how to curb not only child pornography, but also access of explicit content on children. For one, there are legislators in the United Kingdom who proposed the Digital Economy Bill. This entails the implementation of age verification checks on websites that contain adult material. Asian countries have also blocked porn websites from being accessed by its citizens. Some of these are China, North Korea and the Philippines.

As parents, you can also keep your children from coming across adult content online. You can set up filters that will block adult content from being accessed on your children’s computers. Moreover, set boundaries and explain why explicit materials found online are not good for them. The best recourse is to be open and honest about it, rather than shutting it off and pretend that it does not exist.