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NAUGHTY TEENS: When an adolescent is blocked from an Internet site - it's usually pornographic

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
June 12th, 2013
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Teenagers are naturally curious about sex. To some it comes as little surprise that one in four kids who try to get around parental controls on Internet use are looking for pornography. Freely available pornography is everywhere online, and family advocates are calling for a greater understanding of the damage it can have on children.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Web security firm Kaspersky said 23 percent of searches  its software blocked in the United Kingdom in the first five months of this year have been for pornography.

The parent-installed software sends data to the company each time it blocks access to a  malicious site if the customer has not opted out of supplying such information.

Of nearly 30,000 blocked searches, 23.3 percent were for porn sites, 19.6 per cent for online stores and 16.1 per cent for social networking sites. The software also blocks online gaming sites at 5.9 percent, gambling sites at 3.0 percent and information about weapons at 2.9 percent.
Kaspersky on its international customer base recorded more than 25 million attempts to access online porn globally in the last month alone.

In the meantime, politicians and medical professionals in the U.K. have discussed the increasing harm unbridled access to porn is having on teenagers.

John Woods, a consultant psychotherapist at the NHS Portman Clinic in London who treats young men and women addicted to porn, related the story about a 16-year-old patient who sexually assaulted his younger next-door neighbor after becoming addicted to porn.

"All day he was thinking about the imagery," he said. "He felt he was losing touch with reality. The relief only came when he switched his computer back on again."

Gail Dines, professor of sociology and women's studies at Wheelock College in Boston, said:  "Asking a family to deal with the porn use of their child is like telling a mother that their children should not breathe in pollution."

According to the Sexual recovery Institute, which treats sexual misbehaviors, "Pornography  addiction has its roots in the viewing and hoarding of magazine and video pornography. However, these days porn addicts have new and frighteningly powerful enablers: the Internet, Smartphones, and social media.

"Porn addicts today can feed their Internet porn problem by viewing online still photos, downloading porn videos, or by having webcam sex. Some use the Internet to simply view images while others eventually end up using the Internet as a vehicle to meet with anonymous sexual partners. The 'new media' of Smartphone's offers some addicts instant phone-based porn downloads along with wherever/whenever live video streaming of sexual activities, while Facebook can leave some cruising images and profiles for hours on end."

Some signs of porn addiction can include:

-- An inability to stop the behavior(s) and porn use despite previous attempts to do so
-- Anger or irritability if asked to stop
-- Hiding or attempting to keep secret all or a part of the porn use
-- Living a double or secret life related to porn
-- Continuing the behavior despite obvious consequences, such as a relationship or job loss
-- Getting lost in the problem porn use (i.e., spending more time than intended, losing time)


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