Adolescent addiction: When pornography strikes early

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  • Allen Salt Lake valley, UT
    Jan. 25, 2014 9:45 a.m.

    For those who want filtering, is a good starting place. It's free and has good categories of sites to block. Every computer which accesses the Internet uses DNS. I have it on my own computer, which has a direct connection to the Internet, and on my WIFI for visitors to my home. Filtering isn't a cure-all, but it is a necessary starting point.

    The Internet is like every city -- there are places that we shouldn't visit. Teach ourselves and our children to not go to those places.

  • Capsaicin Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 19, 2014 1:16 a.m.

    The solution is forcing ISP's to filter content. Why ISP's? Because 1, they possess the resources to do this. 2 it stops the smut before it ever gets to the home.
    Routers are almost worthless in their ability to block sites. They have it, but its too easy to disable, or delete the list. Theres also the problem of coming up with the block list in the first place. Cheap routers don't even support whitelisting domains. Which is really what you should do with kids. Whitelisting is allowing only the domains you approve of for them to go do. Then there's the problem with 3g/lte access. How do you limit that? Software on individual computers doesn't work. In-browser plugins do not work. It needs to stop at the ISP.
    It's really simple to implement. The ISP compiles an ever growing list of porn search terms. It skims the top 1000 links off of the search results. It does this daily compiling a list of the most popular porn domains. These domains are blocked. Crowdsouring a whitelist will help eliminate false positives. It has to be a community effort. Sign me up.

  • Million Bluffdale, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 9:16 a.m.

    Jesus said that the poor will always be with us and we can help them when we want. The same is true about drug and alcohol addiction and pornography addiction. You are always going to have addicts in society. Give them the help they need but don't think it is a universal problem that needs to be solved for everyone. They are addicts - it is not an epidemic just like poverty isn't an epidemic - it is choices, bad choices made by addicts (poverty addicts for the most part don't have will power to move forward). I don't have a propensity for alcohol or pornography but have taken alcohol and viewed pornography just like a lot of people and haven't suffered any ill effects because it was in moderation.

  • jeanie orem, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 7:52 a.m.


    Your suggestions presuppose that kids get to porn only through the devices their parent can regulate. This is extremely uninformed.

    Four things need to be done to protect children, especially those who have the disposition to become hooked.

    1. Parents need to be willing to talk about sex in a way that makes it safe for their children to approach them, with any question. They need to articulate to their children the difference between demonstrating love and selfishly indulging in lust.

    2. Filters and monitoring need to be in place on all devices possible, including - and especially- cell phones. These need to be checked regularly. Be careful of magazines that come into your home that have provocative pictures. Even lotion ads that show the female form can be problematic for young boys.

    3. Your internet rules need to apply even at friend's homes. Friends parents need to know your rules.

    4. Go ahead and label me a prude, but our permissive society needs to be beaten back. This includes supporting laws that push porn back into the dark corner that it crawled out of.

    With all these things in place our kids have a much better chance of avoiding this devastating addiction.

  • Fahrvergnugen Provo, UT
    Jan. 15, 2014 8:41 a.m.


    Your comment shows that you haven't done much research on the topic. Take some time and look up Patrick Carnes, Donald Hilton, and people like them. Studies they've done show that people who have recovered from both hard drug addictions and sexual/pornography addictions found it much harder to overcome the latter. More and more research that's being done is showing that sexual addiction affects more parts of the brain than "chemical" addictions.

    "Just stopping" or making it a matter of will power isn't enough. There are natural chemicals in your body that are manipulated to the point that you become chemically bonded to the addiction, and it's much harder to escape those chemicals when they there's no way to get them out of your system. The fight is more to get them to healthy levels, and it's not easy.

    And there is no simple solution. I was first introduced at age 9 by a friend. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. We didn't even have internet in the home until years and years later.

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Jan. 14, 2014 3:12 p.m.

    Why can't we follow England and put all porn under xxx and make people opt in if they want it? Whoever wants it will have easy access and those who don't won't have it shoved in their faces.

  • manuretruck St. George, UT
    Jan. 14, 2014 7:06 a.m.

    Here's a simple solution. How about parents keep a tighter control over their children's internet use? It's not a porn-slingers job to babysit your children and protect them from bad information, nor is it the ISP's job, nor is it the government's job.

    Regulating your child's internet use is not that difficult. I've been doing it and helping other parents learn how to do it for a decade now. It's not difficult if more parents would be willing to just educate themselves and were willing to spend the time and effort to make sure their children don't get caught up in such things. Internet access doesn't have to be unregulated. Phone access doesn't have to be unregulated. Texting, email, social media, all of that doesn't have to be a free-for-all for your kids. All of that is the job of parents to regulate and moderate for their children, and it is the job of parents to disable and take it away if the child is not able to behave with them.

  • JeffM Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 11:56 a.m.

    We all agree that pornography is extremely damaging; however I still maintain that we should NOT enact laws to BAN pornography on the internet. Allow me to Explain:

    If a law were enacted to ban internet pornography at its source; government would need access to ISPs (Internet Service Providers). [This is equivalent to giving government control to newspaper distributors.] IF government has the ability to Censor, they censor more than initially intended.. We can all agree this happens time and time again throughout history.

    One could argue that anything with pornographic content/reference should be outlawed; however who is defining "Pornography?"
    - Perhaps any images showing a shirt off? There goes thousands of paintings of Christ on the Cross..

    - Perhaps anything showing nudity below the waistline? Goodbye Michelangelo's David.. Goodbye the millions of articles on reproductive health...

    As such, no simple answer exists. However, f I could offer a solution; I'd recommend petitioning to your local ISP (Comcast, Utopia, Quest, etc) asking them to offer a service that blacklists known sites associated with pornographic material. (Lists already exist and are regularly updated.)

    That way, legislation isn't favoring censorship and we'd have access to all information. Pornography included.

  • JeffM Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 11:54 a.m.

    We all agree that pornography is extremely damaging; however I still maintain that we should NOT enact laws to BAN pornography on the internet. Allow me to Explain:

    If a law were enacted to ban internet pornography at its source; government would need access to ISPs (Internet Service Providers). [This is equivalent to giving government control to newspaper distributors.] If government has the ability to Censor, more than initially intended is censored. We can all agree this happens time and time again throughout history.

    One could argue that anything with pornographic content/reference should be outlawed; however who is defining "Pornography?"
    - Perhaps any images showing a shirt off? There goes thousands of paintings of Christ on the Cross..

    - Perhaps anything showing nudity below the waistline? Goodbye Michelangelo's David.. Goodbye the millions of articles on reproductive health...

    As such, no simple answer exists. However, f I could offer a solution; I'd recommend petitioning to your local ISP (Comcast, Utopia, Quest, etc) asking them to offer a service that blacklists known sites associated with pornographic material. (Lists already exist and are regularly updated.)

    That way, legislation isn't favoring censorship and we'd have access to all information. Pornography included.

  • Born that Way Layton, UT
    Jan. 6, 2014 6:44 a.m.

    One of the problem areas is, as was mentioned, that once teens reach young adulthood, a majority have become convinced not only that there's nothing wrong with pornography, but that it is a healthy activity. So a lot of video channels and joke sites become infested with an assortment of favorite childhood trends, toys, and icons that are sexualized with a flash of pornography. Seen as funny, often legitimate humor is mixed into these sites to give them a sense of legitimacy. It's all in good fun, right?

    Unfortunately the consequences of viewing this material, especially on young minds who have not the cognitive skills to simply "Stop it" (as one commenter suggests we should all just do) can be catastrophic and robs a child of a normal healthy adult relationship in the future.

    So for free information and conveniences that come on the internet, we're sacrificing our children and grandchildren to these perverse robbers of natural human intimacy. Some of the most sacred and special relationships a human can experience are at risk, but we'd rather keep our datalines open for fear we might miss out on some indeterminant datum?

  • charlyk salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 5, 2014 9:19 p.m.

    #2 Parents need to communicate, install filters, and be active in their children's lives. I think parents also need to not be condemning of their children and express that if there is this problem there will not be anger or punishment or, I know many will disagree, religion bandied about. When someone is told they need to stop because they are sinning, it increases the guilt and a child is less likely to be willing to admit things to their parents.

    Also I think there needs to be some distinction. Churches condemn pornography but they tend to paint with a broad brush saying that any image you ever see will be forever with you, and that if you ever view pornography you are an addict. This is not true. Pornography is addictive, but not every person who views it is an addict. Children may see pornography, it will intrigue them, but they are not necessarily addicted. They should be told of the dangers and not labeled with something that probably doesn't apply to them that they will find hurtful.

  • charlyk salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 5, 2014 9:15 p.m.

    #1 I find it interesting that many people on here suggest simply making pornography illegal to put on the internet. It would be a good solution, but there is simply no way to enforce it. At what point do we draw the line? Do we ban all sites with women in bikinis? National Geographic photos which show nudity? There is no way to draw a line which can make all people happy. Additionally, laws made in America would have no influence on the practices of the rest of the world and there is certainly pornography being made elsewhere. And the porn studios in the states would likely just route their videos through foreign servers and not be limited at all. Even if they didn't, new sites can be put up very quickly, and with the vastness of the internet there is no way the government could keep up having to slog through red tape to get the site shut down.

  • ipr Spanish Fork, UT
    Jan. 5, 2014 9:03 p.m.

    @Open Minded Mormon. I am Dutch. Years ago, when my children were young, we were visiting my parents in the Netherlands. The kids were around 10 years of age and fluent in Dutch. One afternoon they were watching a children's program. During one of the commercials a show, that would be shown that evening, was highlighted. It was a documentary about "a day in the life of a prostitute," and it included full frontal nudity. That was in the late 80's. I disagree with your statement that, because Europe is socialistic, they have a better control over pornography and children. The shows now are even more vulgar and you constantly have to be on your guard about what to watch. I personally think that overall pornography in Europe is worse than here. And I hope that when you visit any of its countries you will never suffer from jet lag, because if you turn on the tv you get to watch it for free.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 5, 2014 7:42 p.m.

    Every once in awhile, we see a post here that had to have taken great courage to write -- much less to actually post.

    There have been at least two above in which writers confessed their own struggles with porn addiction.

    My hat is certainly off to the people who had the guts to post what they did.

  • Lilalips Attleboro, MA
    Jan. 5, 2014 7:26 p.m.

    We found some fabulous internet filter programs that can calculate how many times these sites are being attempted to be accessed by different devices. We took away some of the devices and had a long talk with our youth. The software filters extremely well but we can't control anything outside our own home.

    Having a close and loving relationship with your teen children is paramount to dealing well with these issues. We also have taken advantage of the Addiction Recovery Program of the Church…for one older child it was very successful. Addiction recovery should be taught as a Sunday School class….for ALL. We saw this same problem with elderly people in one area. Porn is addictive regardless of age.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 5, 2014 7:24 p.m.

    At least one of the commentors here today is a staunch conservative who is opposing regulation for the same tired old reason -- it's a matter of personal freedom. They claim that personal freedom overrides any attempt to regulate "speech" or guns or whatever. Then they have the gall to turn around and try to pin the blame on those blasted "liberals."

    You are correct, the Republicans who have stopped passage of laws regarding porn are those who bill themselves as "libertarians." Rand Paul and his father come to mind immediately.

    As for media being owned by "liberals," that's nonsense. Who owns the Fox network -- one of the purveyors of some of the sleaziest programs on the air? Is Rupert Murdoch a liberal? Is General Electric? What about Bonneville Communications?

    Here's a challenge. Go to work and so some homework. If someone else tries to point out the truth and you don't like it, it's too easy to simply dismiss it. But if you have made the effort to find out for yourself, it's much harder to be dismissive.

  • Mamamama Salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 5, 2014 1:58 p.m.

    To Bandersen. Prayer in schools won't help with the porno problem! Most of the perverts I have encountered in my 60 years were hiding behind their religion. Born agains, LDS, etc. it is so much more complicated than just prayer. Many kids can't talk to their parents about the real issues in their lives.

  • thoughtful dude Springville, UT
    Jan. 5, 2014 1:39 p.m.

    "The Caravan Move On":

    In many of the violent pornographic movies that I've seen online, they have the women talk about how they enjoyed the physical abuse. It also shows the women smiling and laughing. It makes you believe that they enjoyed the abuse.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Jan. 5, 2014 12:51 p.m.

    So --
    We ALL know there is a problem.

    How do we as a Society fix it.

    On one side, we have us Big government Liberals, who say we need tighter controls and more regulations and over-sight on those who "sell" this trash to minors.

    on the other,
    we have the 'keep Government our of our lives', Government never does anything right, Government is evil, and let the Free Markets decide -- uber-conservatives.

    Europe and the rest of the developed world has passed many laws to control, regulate, and over see, pornography and children.

    But then again -- they ARE Socialists now aren't they...

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Jan. 5, 2014 10:51 a.m.

    Don't worry about the kids. They're way too far into the guts, gore and violence of modern gaming to bother with porn.

  • Mr. Bean Phoenix, AZ
    Jan. 3, 2014 11:27 p.m.

    @Lone Eagle"
    "Porn triggers brain chemistry and is thus chemically addictive and the body craves those naturally occurring chemicals."

    Sex is addicting... If it weren't, the human race would have disappeared eons ago.

    There's nothing more beautiful than the female human body, as Caravan (above) tells us. Such viewing is not an addition, it's normal. If there's a problem with it, the problem is in identifying it as a problem. You can drive a person nuts if you tell him/her enough times that what's normal is not normal and is sinful and awful.

  • sid 6.7 Holladay, UT
    Jan. 3, 2014 2:25 p.m.

    I disagree with patriot regarding Chemical Addiction Vs. Mental Addiction (porn). I was a alcoholic and had a nasty Oxycotton addiction. I'm 44 now and have been addicted to porn since I was about 6 or 7. In my married life I have been lucky and never acted out but I chalk that up to a very understanding Wife and a very strong marriage. Most men, especially here in Utah, are not as lucky as me. You would be shocked at the amount of infidelity that occurs in this state stemming from porn addiction.

    Bottom line, I would take having to kick Oxy and Alcohol over my porn addiction any day of the week. Although I have been sober for many years I have yet to fully kick my porn addiction. I urge all parents to keep their kids away from it at any cost!

    The COTUS gives us the right to view porn but IMHO there should be way more safeguards regarding the internet to protect our children. Doing away with porn dose not solve the problem but we need to do way more than we are doing as a Country to prevent it from landing in our children's hands.

  • The Caravan Moves On Enid, OK
    Jan. 3, 2014 1:14 p.m.

    Article quote: "Instead, today's Internet porn is high-speed, high-definition and increasingly filled with violent acts. One content analysis of the top pornography movies from 2005 found that 88 percent of scenes showed violence against the performers, including slapping, spanking, gagging, choking, kicking or hair-pulling, and 94 percent of the time the violence was directed at women."

    I believe the human female body is a visual treat unlike anything else....something that is breathtaking in it's beauty and desireable in its own right.

    But what is 'cool' or 'desireable' about seeing someone physically abused?

    Does anyone really believe that women who are physically abused in these films really WANT to be abused?

    How can anyone find satisfaction or 'happiness' seeing another human being being purposely hurt?

    I try to remember a simple truth in my life, and in particular, when it comes to pornography:

    Do good, feel good.
    Do bad, feel bad.

    Good luck to everyone caught up in this web.

  • Lone Eagle Aurora, CO
    Jan. 3, 2014 10:54 a.m.

    Porn triggers brain chemistry and is thus chemically addictive and the body craves those naturally occurring chemicals. It is addictive and is super hard to overcome. ( has a good and easy explanation of the how pornography is addictive.)

    It can be overcome, but the recovering addict has to be on constant guard and have strong will to be free.

    I grew up without the internet, but still got hooked on the magazines. My son got hooked by accidentally going to the wrong site and is now fighting to be free. Since I have been there, I can help him.

    The estimates I have heard from the counselor is that at one time it was thought that 1 in 4 men in the church have had or are having a problem with porn. That estimate was revised to 1 in 3. I believe it is considerably higher -- along the lines of 4 of 5.

    Porn is a pernicious evil and a huge lie (actually many lies). And filters will not catch deliberate attempts to view it. Just do an image search with a filter in place.

  • moniker lewinsky Taylorsville, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 8:44 p.m.

    I'm a liberal and have been for a long time. I don't know if I understood pornography addiction until my home was raided by feds a year ago. It was then that I learned about a my husband's addiction that also began in adolescence. These days, with all the online access, it's pretty easy to hide. At least it was for him. It wasn't until we were married ten years that his addiction escalated into illegal area. I don't believe that would have ever happened had he known how to get help. I know he wanted help. But there was so much shame.
    For many years, I thought this was a religious problem. Utah is the highest user of internet porn.
    This is everybody's problem. And it won't be solved by ATTACKING THE FIRST AMENDMENT. It will only be solved through education and dialog.
    My loss and my children's loss has been unfathomable. Therapy is expensive, but I'm grateful for the therapists who do believe in treatment as opposed to draconian punishment. Divorce is the only way to spare my children the stigma of the registry.

  • moniker lewinsky Taylorsville, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 8:42 p.m.

    Do you guys know how your word counter works? Because it is telling me I have 15 words left and at the same time telling me I have gone over!!!

    Jan. 2, 2014 4:05 p.m.


    Study after study have shown that the neurological effects of porn addiction are the same as addiction to drugs and alcohol. They all change the brain in the same way. What makes porn worse is that the drug is in the addicts memory.

    If I am an alcoholc, I can go to an in-treatment facility and there is no alcohol. My drug is gone. As a porn addict, pictures I saw 30 years ago still come to my memory as vividly as when I first saw them. And they usually come at the worst possible time.

    Filters don't catch everything. Porn purveyors find ways around them.

    It is not someone's right under the 1st Ammendment to creat a pop-up that shows explicit porn on my computer when my 9 year old searces for "yu-gi-oh". This is exactly how my son saw his first porn photo.

    Help comes via 12-step programs and a person's "higher power"....

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 2:50 p.m.


    I agree with you on most issues, but I tend to side with jeanie this time. She makes good points about the psychological addictions of pornography. It is as much a problem as substance addiction. And telling people to just not do it is like telling an alcoholic to just not drink. Without help most will fail. However I totally agree with the mess of bad previews I and my wife had to sit through in order to watch the Hobbit. Junk Hollywood movies. I wish they weren't pushed on all of us just to watch a rare decent movie.

    Old man

    Please give us some names of Republican politicians who have faught to keep pornography access easy and legal. I'd sure like to know their names. Sounds more to me like the liberatarian view than trhe conservative view. Plus, you know the ACLU is always at the front of these 1st Amendment fights, and they are largely from the left.

  • jeanie orem, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 1:34 p.m.


    You ideas have merit. I would love to see them inacted.


    Talking about the freedom of the internet is a nice concept, but not practical just like the unregulated (lawless) west was a land of opportunity while it was also very dangerous. I disagree that we should protect the freedom of the internet when it comes to access to porn.

    Also, I am closely acquainted with people who have been hooked on both drugs and porn. Hands down they say porn is the hardest to overcome and, like drug addiction there are real physical withdrawal systems involved in recovery.

    This article is about protecting the young from the ravages of porn addiction who innocently become involved before they are mature enough to make their own decisions. If you had a child who, inspite of your most dilligent efforts, had become ensnared you might think twice about your free information opinion about the internet. It is a helpless thing to see that you cannot protect your child from such a destructive thing no matter what you do. As a poster above said, there is nothing redeeming about porn and I believe it deserves to be regulated.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 12:59 p.m.

    For those castigating me for my comment about conservatives blocking attempts to regulate on-line porn, may I suggest you do some research and find out which legislators oppose bills for laws to regulate it?

    Hint: Most have a big letter R beside their names.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 12:54 p.m.

    The internet is what it information and that should never change. There is good and bad available at a few strokes of the keypad and it is up to the individual to stop viewing porn. Porn is addictive but not in the same way as hard drugs which create a chemical dependence and are much harder to stop because of the withdrawal. Just STOP doing it. Add filtering if you must but the key is to just stop it. The longer you stop the more able you are to never return. This also holds for bad movies. Just don't go!!! My wife and I watched the Hobbit the other night and we had to sit through 20 minutes of previews of other coming movies 90% of which were garbage. We probably go to 2 movies a year because the selection is so vulgar and bad. Do something else...go work out or take a hike or jump out of airplanes!!

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 12:49 p.m.


    True point. It always becomes a question of where to draw the line. I think that it might be possible to regulate the pornography on the web using the same kind of standard that has been used by television network censors. Even now, with liberals controlling most of entertainment media, the broadcast networks have their standards and practices who oversee the broadcast content. I suspect that a pornagraphic image could NOT be placed on a billboard close to the the freeway for all to see, and it would be considered illegal to do so. Why not just handle the web as such a public site using the same standards and practices that much of media does on their broadcasts. I think that only the pornographers and users of pornography would object. I'm not sure even the ACLU would want to front that fight.

  • jeanie orem, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 12:09 p.m.

    Part if the problem with regulating porn is where to draw the line. If anyone mentions the effect of VictoriaSecrets massive posters displayed in our malls they are accused of being prudes, yet it doesn't take a high IQ to understand what message is really being marketed by such posters. Then there are others who would put clothes on the statue of David simply because it is an unclothed body. I can't imagine Michelangelo had the same intent as VS.

    Porn is a real problem, but it is not just politicians who protect the industry's preditory practices and "right" to produce degrading filth. I believe it is also a permissive society in general that refuses to see the destructive consequences of objectifying human beings, who actively deride those who speak of modesty like it is a character flaw. When the majority of society comes to believe the destructive nature of lustfully objectifying the human body maybe politicians will get in line and inact appropriate laws, just as they finally have with smoking.

    I am grateful for those people who produce programs to help our youth, and who seek to educate people about the truth of porn.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 10:14 a.m.

    I did find one old mans comment unusual about it being conservatives who are causing the problem. It is usually the very liberal ACLU and other first amendment advocates who cry foul the loudest on the issue of any kind of censorship.

    Here is a solution. If it is not legal to cry "Fire" in a theater, then why not have the law makers put pornography into that same category and make it illegal to be posted on the internet. I can't imagine a law maker (Republican or Democrat) standing for keeping this porn legal for access to anyone who has a computer. Here, above, was correct. The first Amendment was primarily to keep political speech free. Unfortunately because of very liberal "interpretations" of the Constitution, smut, pornagraphy, and all kinds of horrors have been interpreted to be protected speech. That could change with enough public and political will. It would be fun to watch the defenders of pornography argue for it to remain free and able to get into the hands of 11 or 12 year old children. I bet they wouldn't hold office for long.

  • Here Sandy, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 9:06 a.m.

    Thank you DN and Fight the New Drug for covering and treating this problem.

    Personally, I think the Founding Fathers are shocked to know that the First Amendment they crafted is being used to protect pornography. The First Amendment was meant to primarily protect political speech. Look at the history books. They were being killed, jailed, and otherwise punished for speaking up against the King of England. They weren't fighting for the right to view pornography. Just one more case of judges making haywire decisions.

    Pornography is a scourge with no redeeming value whatsoever. And to try to hook kids when they are vulnerable is inexcusable. These kids are growing up in a world that is hard enough to live in. Give them a break and help them avoid or overcome this addiction.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    Jan. 1, 2014 9:03 p.m.

    one old man: Just one question. are you opposed tp prayer in school? since you are crying fowl by conservatives over first amendment issues ( which by the way afflicts liberals too with a host of other issues, including prayer in school-Why we can't have prayer in school because it mixes government with religion), how can you complain about the problem when the biggest part of the solution has been eliminated by our liberal friends.

  • BKB Chantilly/USA, 00
    Jan. 1, 2014 6:38 p.m.

    It's important to let adolescents know how damaging pornography can be to them. Over 60% of college age adults believe there is nothing wrong with viewing porn. Fight the New Drug is performing a great service by spreading the word about the severe negative consequences of pornography.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 1, 2014 10:52 a.m.

    I know two middle school guidance counselors who are horrified at what they are seeing among students in their schools. They both estimate that nearly 100% of boys in eighth grade have at least been exposed to online porn with about 80% of girls having been. Yet in Utah, they are forbidden by law from discussing this -- and other important subjects -- with students.

    Online porn is actually a form of child molestation.

    The only difference is that the molester is not in bed with them, but is hiding in anonymity far away while actually being paid big bucks to molest children. Hook them young and they'll become "subscribers" later.

    This is not just a national disaster -- it's universal worldwide.

    But conservative protectors of our Constitution cry foul any time anyone suggests doing something to try to bring this under control. "First Amendment," they cry.

    What will it take to wake people up? Allowing this new form of child molesting to continue unabated is simply idiotic.

    Why do our lawmakers lack the courage to take action? Could it be that somehow they are in the pockets of those who produce that filth?