Recent research has highlighted the need for greater controls to prevent minors from accessing pornography. The UK’s Middlesex University recently conducted a study on 1,001 children between the ages of 11 and 16. The study revealed 28% of children aged either 11-12 had viewed online pornography, while the percentage increased to 65% for 15-16 year olds. 94% of those children had seen online pornography by the age of 14. In total, more than half of the children who took part in the survey – 53% – had viewed sexually explicit content online.
The survey showed that approximately one fifth of children who had seen pornography online had actively searched for it; however, 28% claimed to have viewed pornographic material accidentally, via popup windows that had appeared when surfing the Internet for instance.
More Must be Done to Prevent Minors From Accessing Pornography Online
Peter Wanless, chief executive of the NSPCC – The National Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children – said, “A generation of children are in danger of being stripped of their childhoods at a young age by stumbling across extreme and violent porn online.”
The Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield is concerned. Not only about the number of children that are viewing age-inappropriate material online, but also how difficult it is for parents to control what their children can access online.
She points out that this is the first generation of children that have Internet-enabled devices. The technology has “taken the Internet from the front room, where parents can monitor use, to their bedrooms or the playground, where they can’t.”
Parents must take responsibility for controlling the web content that can be accessed on home networks. Businesses must also take steps to ensure that pornography cannot be viewed on public Wi-Fi networks.
Wanless says, “Some companies have taken the initiative when it comes to online safety, and we will continue to put pressure on those that have not yet done so.”
Blocking Access to Online Pornography with Web Filters
Any business that provides customers with access to their Internet via Wi-Fi hotspots should take steps to ensure that access to age-inappropriate material is restricted. Providing customers with unrestricted access to the Internet could potentially allow minors to accidentally or deliberately access online pornography.
Hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, shopping malls, retail outlets, and public Wi-Fi hotspots should have controls in place to block the accessing of pornography.
By implementing a web filtering solution, it quick and easy to prevent pornographic material from being viewed on the network. Many web filtering solutions, such as WebTitan Cloud for WiFi, can be easily configured to block pornographic material and pop-ups. WebTitan Cloud for WiFi can also be configured using blacklists, such as those issued by the Internet Watch Foundation. The IWF maintains a list of webpages known to contain child pornography and child abuse images.
If you want to prevent minors from accessing pornography while connected to your WiFi hotspots, contact the TitanHQ team today and find out how you can use WebTitan Cloud for WiFi to keep your Wi-Fi network secured.