Youth, Pornography, and the Internet

Youth, Pornography, and the Internet

by Dick Thornburgh, Herbert S. Lin, Committee to Study Tools and Strategies for Protecting Kids from Pornography and Their Applicability to Other I, National Research Council
     
 

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

Overview

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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This report, which is also available online at http://www.nap.edu, summarizes the findings, conclusions, and recommendations of a distinguished committee selected by the National Research Council (NRC), part of the National Academy of Sciences, in response to Title IX, Section 901 of Public Law 105-314, the Protection of Children from Sexual Predators Act of 1998, passed by the United States Congress. Headed by then Attorney General Dick Thornburgh, the NRC group was charged to seek "to frame the problem of [computer transmission of pornographic images] in an appropriate social, legal, educational, technological, and ethical context; present what is and is not scientifically known about the impact on children of exposure to sexually explicit materials; and provide information useful to various decision-making communities about possible courses of action across educational, legislative, law enforcement, and technological fronts." The committee held hearings, called for white papers that are posted on http://www.itasnrc.org, and reviewed other studies. The final report emphasizes approaches to protecting youth from material deemed inappropriate for minors, with no consensus by the committee that inappropriate sexually explicit material is the most important safety issue on the Internet for children. The report is divided into three parts. Part I includes an introduction, chapters on technology that explain cyberspace and the Internet; the adult entertainment industry, with the interesting statistic that 20 to 30 percent of the material on those adult sites goes to children; the legal and regulatory issues surrounding Internet use and regulation, specifically the First Amendment andobscenity legislation plus international dimensions; how children use media and are exposed to sexually explicit material; the research base on the impact of such exposure, and various perspectives on the public debate in the absence of a scientific consensus on impact. Part II discusses various strategies to protect youth from a discussion of "protection itself to educational or technological tools for users and non-end users." Part III summarizes the committee's findings, conclusions, and future needs, which in essence, say that too many competing goals and values inform the debate so that "any 'appropriate' mix of actions should be seen as balancing competing goals and values rather than endorsing he absolute supremacy of any one goal or value." This study is required reading for all youth-serving librarians. Index. Glossary. Appendix. 2002, National Academy Press, 424p, Chelton

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309082747
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
07/31/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.21(d)

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