Why no age restrictions for porn?
RE: PORN BRAIN-TRAINING A GENERATION OF BOYS (MAY 8)
The internet has been called the door that’s never locked. Violent, sexually explicit, degrading porn is easily available to men and women and even very young children, as this article testifies. Viewing porn can become an addiction. It has been proven to change the frontal area of the brain that controls decision-making. It affects relationships, intimacy, equality and respect. Because of this, pornography is increasingly viewed not only as a moral or ethical issue but as a public health issue.
Many groups have resources, videos and speakers that address pornography. For example: fightthenewdrug.org, U.S college students, includes a free online recovery program; strengthtofight.ca, launched by Ottawa University students; protectyoungminds.org, a website that teaches kids to reject porn. Canada has age restrictions for gambling, buying cigarettes and alcohol. Why do we not have strict regulations requiring internet providers to have effective age verifications so children under 18 are protected from the harmful effects of violent online porn? Elizabeth Morelli, Nanticoke