Media Literacy

Contemporary Media Concerns.


Exposure to Graphic Sexual Material on the Internet


  • About 35 percent of homes with online accounts have children under the age of 18, according to a study presented to Congress. (Epstein, Aaron. 'Court to Review Internet, Decency').
  • 83.5 percent of all computerized photographs available on the Internet are pornographic...(Congressional Record. Daily ed., 26 Jun 1995, p.S9017-9023).
  • With only a few mouse clicks, anyone can access one of an estimate 72,000 pornographic sites on the World Wide Web. many of them are illegal sites because they meet the definition of hardcore obscenity, depicting such behavior as incest, bestiality, and mutilation. (Kennedy, John W: Christianity Today, Feb. 9, 1998).
  • 70 percent of Internet access by children occurs outside the home at public schools and libraries - which commonly offer uncensored, unsupervised access to the Internet. (Kennedy, John W: Christianity Today, Feb. 9, 1998).
  • Since over thirty percent of sites on the World Wide Web are pornographic, children have a high probability of finding pornographic sites, even accidentally. (USA Today, 4/8/98).
  • SurfWatch of Los Altos, California, is one of a growing number of computer programs designed to answer a fundamental concern of parents, educators and even employers: How can porn be prevented from coming into computers? (Time, July 3, 1995).