Protect kids under 18 from being targeted by indecent/pornographic ads on social media
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The studied effects of the Digital Age are just now being shown and the average age of first-time introduction to pornography on the internet is 8 regardless of the involvement, limits, and restriction of the parents.
There is currently no legislation concerning the sexual ads, pornography, etc. that is directed to kids on social media sites whose profile specifically states their ages as being under 18.
Twenty years ago the Communications Decency Act struck down anti-decency provisions based on freedom of speech in favor of the internet. This was the last time there has been legislative move toward some form of protection for our children. In our country’s blind rush to defend freedom of speech, we have neglected our responsibility to the next generation.
In the United States, there are laws that protect the healthy development of minors with limits on ages for drinking (21) and smoking (18) but there are none to protect our children from the scientifically proven devastating effects of indecent material on the internet.
In recent studies, the addictive nature of pornography has been shown to physically change the way the brain responds and has been compared to the addictive quality of crack and cocaine. There is a way to 1) protect freedom of speech and keep our right to 2) protect our children from being targeted.
The United States does address common sense limits for the greater good while allowing both sides to maintain individual rights. Two specific examples:
since 1934 the Federal Communications Commission has enacted ‘safe harbor’ limits keeping in mind the young age of television audience and more recently No Smoking Laws for all fifty states allow non-smokers clean air space while still giving freedom for people who smoke.
There is a way for the rights of those who want to view online sexually suggestive and pornographic material while allowing parents and guardians our duty and rights to protect our children from that material.
The UK was recently successful in passing anti-pornographic laws. Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron started the conversation by saying, ‘I want to talk about the internet, the impact it is having on the innocence of our children, how online pornography is corroding childhood…there are things that are a direct danger to our children, and that must be stamped out.’
It’s now time for the United States of America to step up in this fight and show the world how we protect and raise our future leaders.
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