Why no age re­stric­tions for porn?


The Hamilton Spectator - - Comment -

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

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