GREAT FALLS, Va. (TGN) - The statistics are enough to make a parent tremble: the cybersex industry generates $1 billion a year and three-quarters of adult commercial sites provide free teaser images on their home page.
Sixty percent of all Web site visits are sexual in nature and 25 million Americans visit cybersex sites at least one hour a week. Also, 90 percent of the nation's children ages 8-16 already have viewed pornography online, mostly accidentally while doing homework.
These are the reasons Donna Rice Hughes, an Internet safety expert
Even more alarming to parents should be the fact that of four million
And, a review of Internet references to 26 popular children's characters such as Pokemon, My Little Pony and Action Man revealed thousands of links to porn sites.
A new tool has become available in the battle with the U.S. Supreme
"This is the first time that the Supreme Court has upheld a law
Her work for a number of years has involved her Web site www.ProtectKids.com, which offers a parents' safety guide, a youth safety guide, advice on how to watch out for and avoid problems and myriad other resources.
But the task is so large, she added the duties as president at Enough
Its focus is to address two primary threats on the Internet: children's
The new law will help because it is such a simple, straightforward
"Congress said if you're going to take taxpayer dollars for your
The old argument offered by those who reject any sort of responsibility for pornographic images has been if a person doesn't want to see it, they shouldn't go looking for it.
That might have been applicable when X-rated books were only in
"And we've been saying for years, kids can accidentally access
There's no infringement on "rights," because filters allow librarians to unblock a site if, for example, a site needed to research breast cancer was blocked.
The site currently is generating support for its operations, and information not only is available on the Web site but also is available at 1-888-744-0004.
Rice Hughes is an internationally known Internet safety expert and
advocate and has authored "Kids Online: Protecting Your Children
In 1999, she received a Congressional appointment to the Child Online
Steve Case, chairman of America Online, has applauded her as an
In 2002 she was given the National Law Center for Children and
Other groups have joined in praising the Supreme Court's approval of
Roberta Combs, of the Christian Coalition of America, also said that
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