PARENTAL CONTROLS DO NOT STOP TEENS FROM SEEING PORN

posted by Aaron Zytle - 

Just because you use parental controls on your family computer doesn't mean your teen isn't seeing any explicit adult content. University of Oxford and Oxford Internet Institute researchers used data from a large-scale study looking at children and caregivers in Europe, including self-reported information on whether children had viewed online sexual content despite the use of internet filtering tools in their household.

They found more than 99.5 percent of whether a young person encountered pornography online had to do with factors besides their caregivers use of internet filtering technology. Study co-author Dr. Victoria Nash says, "We hope this leads to a re-think in effectiveness targets for new technologies, before they are rolled out to the population. From a policy perspective, we need to focus on evidence-based interventions to protect children. While Internet filtering may seem to be an intuitively good solution, it's disappointing that the evidence does not back that up."

(EurekAlert!

 

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