WHERE DOES PORNOGRAPHY COME FROM?
Sexually explicit material constitutes only a small
fraction of online content, but that fraction is highly visible and controversial
and accounts for a significant amount of Web traffic. And although content
that may be inappropriate for children exists in magazines, television,
movies, and on billboards, it can be much more accessible through the
Web. Even the most graphic image may find its way onto a child's computer
screen without being actively sought.
The most significant commercial source of pornographic
materialone that charges money for access or is supported by advertisersis
the adult-oriented Web site. The adult online industry is generally thought
of as the main source of sexually explicit material considered inappropriate
for children. This section of NetSafeKids introduces you to this big business
and explains how adult Web-site owners sell their wares and what it means
for your kids.
When it comes to distributing pornographic material,
however, the adult online industry isnt the only game in town. NetSafeKids
also examines the various Internet sources of non-commercial pornography
that parents should know about.