Youth, Pornography, and the Internet

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The Internet has changed the way we access the world. This is especially true for kids, who soak up new technologies like eager little sponges. They have access to an enormous array of material, including educational links, sports info, chat rooms-and, unfortunately, pornography. But we must approach our need to protect children with care to avoid placing unnecessary restrictions on the many positive features of the Internet.

Youth, Pornography, and the Internet examines approaches to protecting children and teens from Internet pornography, threats from sexual predators operating on-line, and other inappropriate material on the Internet. The National Research Council's Computer Science and Telecommunications Board explores a number of fundamental questions: Who defines what is inappropriate material? Do we control Internet access by a 17-year-old in the same manner as for a 7-year-old? What is the role of technology and policy in solving such a problem in the context of family, community, and society?

The book discusses social and educational strategies, technological tools, and policy options for how to teach children to make safe and appropriate decisions about what they see and experience on the Internet. It includes lessons learned from case studies of community efforts to intervene in kids' exposure to Internet porn.

Providing a foundation for informed debate, this very timely and relevant book will be a must-read for a variety of audiences.

 

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Contents

Executive Summary
1
1 Introduction
17
2 Technology
31
3 The Adult Online Entertainment Industry
71
4 Legal and Regulatory Issues
84
5 Children Media and Exposure to Sexually Explicit Material
115
What Theory and Empirical Studies Offer
143
Perspectives on Impact and the Public Debate
161
11 A Perspective on TechnologyBased Tools
258
12 TechnologyBased Tools for Users
267
13 TechnologyBased Tools Available to NonEnd Users
327
14 Findings Conclusions and Future Needs
357
A InformationGathering Sessions of the Committee
391
B Glossary and Acronyms
407
C Selected Technology Issues
418
D Site Visit Synthesis
430

8 Approaches to Protection from Inappropriate Material
183
9 Legal and Regulatory Tools
201
10 Social and Educational Strategies to Develop Personal and Community Responsibility
218
E Biographies
434
Index
445
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