British conservative tabloid The Daily Mail reported today that that ChildLine, a free telephone counseling service for children and teens, has had a spike in calls for kids calling after seeing “disturbing” pornography online. They are up to about 50 calls a month on the subject.
ChildLine founder Esther Ratzen says that pornography is warping the minds of young people because they emulate the “disturbing” and “dangerous” behavior. This is precisely the reason why we have age restrictions on pornography. Even as a very sexually active adult I see things on the internet that I cannot possibly understand. However, because I am much, much smarter than a child or teenager I know not to mimic things that are strange and confusing to me.
Childline and National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) are both campaigning for better education on the dangers of pornography exposure to feeble, young minds (which is good and Sex.com fully supports that campaign). They are also working withThe Daily Mail to pressure the UK Government to introduce an automatic block on online pornography.
Here’s where we don’t see eye to eye.