Keeping Our Families Safe on the Internet



What’s the problem?


Now that we know, how do we protect our families?








Pornography Industry Revenue Statistics

Size of the industry          $57.0 billion world-wide - $12.0 billion US

Adult videos                    $20 billion

Escort services               $11 billion

Magazines                      $7.5 billion

Sex clubs                       $5 billion

Phone sex                      $4.5 billion

Cable/Pay per view          $2.5 billion

Internet                           $2.5 billion

CD-Rom                         $1.5 billion

Novelties                         $1.0 billion

Other                              $1.5 billion


Porn revenue is larger than all combined revenues of all professional football, baseball and basketball franchises.


US porn revenue exceeds the combined revenues of ABC, CBS, and NBC (6.2 billion)


Child pornography generates $3 billion annually

Internet Pornography Statistics

Pornographic websites     4.2 million (12% of total websites)

Pornographic pages         372 million

Daily pornographic search engine requests          68 million (25% of total search engine requests)

Daily pornographic emails          2.5 billion (8% of total emails)

Average daily pornographic emails/user   4.5 per Internet user

Monthly Pornographic downloads (Peer-to-peer)   1.5 billion (35% of all downloads)

Daily Gnutella "child pornography" requests        116 thousand

Websites offering illegal child pornography          100 thousand

Sexual solicitations of youth made in chat rooms 89%

Youths who received sexual solicitation  20%

Worldwide visitors to pornographic web sites       72 million annually

Children Internet Pornography Statistics

Average age of first Internet exposure to pornography       11 years old

Largest consumer of Internet pornography           12 - 17 age group

15-17 year olds having multiple hard-core exposures        80%

8-16 year olds having viewed porn online 90% (most while doing homework)

7-17 year olds who would freely give out home address    29%

7-17 year olds who would freely give out email address     14%

Childrens' character names linked to thousands of porn links        26 (Including Pokeman and Action Man)

Adult Internet Pornography Statistics

Men admitting to accessing pornography at work 20%

US adults who regularly visit Internet pornography websites          40 million

Promise Keeper men who viewed pornography in last week          53%

Christians who said pornography is a major problem in the home  47%

Adults admitting to Internet sexual addiction        10%

Breakdown of male/female visitors to pornography sites    72% male - 28% female

Women and Pornography

70% of women keep their cyber activities secret.

17% of all women struggle with pornography addiction.

Women, far more than men, are likely to act out their behaviors in real life, such as having multiple partners, casual sex, or affairs.

Women favor chat rooms 2X more than men.

1 of 3 visitors to all adult web sites are women.

9.4 million women access adult web sites each month.

Women admitting to accessing pornography at work 13%



Online Predators

See the article “Children and Pornography Online” regarding online predators.

See also “How Cybersex Chatrooms and Internet Pornography Make Women Stupid” (Don’t worry, the same author has a similar article for men regarding pornography.)



Peer-to-peer File-Sharing Networks

Made famous (or infamous) by Napster, peer-to-peer networking has exploded in the last few years.  Exactly what is it?  P2P, for short, is a networking concept where individual PCs are linked directly to each other without the use of a central server, such as a website.  Once the P2P software is installed, users all over the world have access to files on each others disk drive.  Originally used for swapping music files, pornography is taking over. 

Palisade Systems Study

(Refer to the links page at the end of this packet for link to the complete Palisade Study)

Palisade monitored file-sharing network for 3 weeks and discovered:

·          42% of all requests were for adult or child pornography

·          38% of all requests were for copyrighted audio files

Searches by category:

Video Files

·          63% Pornography

·          27% copyrighted material

·          10% child pornography

Audio Files

·          1% legal audio files

·          99% copyrighted audio files

Image Files

·          75% Pornography

·          24% Child Pornography

·          1% legal images

Software Programs

·          96% Copyrighted software titles

·          4% Freeware or public domain software titles

Government Accounting Office Study

(Refer to the links page at the end of this packet for link to the complete GAO Study)

Exposure to Pornography on P2P Networks
In 2003, the United States General Accounting Office (GAO), in conjunction with the Customs CyberSmuggling Center (CCC), conducted a more detailed study of P2P programs and discovered rampant pornography and child exploitation.

Pornographic Files
The GAO analyzed 1,286 titles and file names returned from 12 keyword searches associated with child pornography.6

  • 42 percent indicated possible child pornography7
  • 34 percent were adult pornography
  • 24 percent were non-pornographic

Pornographic Images
The CCC further analyzed 341 downloaded images.8

  • 44 percent contained child pornography
  • 29 percent contained adult pornography
  • 13 percent contained child erotica9
  • 14 percent were non-pornographic

Exposing Children to Pornography
The CCC also investigated files returned from innocuous searches routinely conducted by children. Of 177 images found using search terms “Britney Spears,” “Pokemon,” and “Olsen Twins,”10

  • 34 percent contained adult pornography
  • 14 percent contained cartoon pornography
  • 7 percent contained child erotica
  • 1 percent contained child pornography
  • 44 percent were considered to be non-pornographic

Article: Focus On the Family: Pornography and Child Exploitation on Peer-to-Peer Networks by Daniel L. Weiss

(Complete text of this article and the referenced studies available through my website.  See Links page at the end of this packet.)


What Can We Do?

From Focus on the Family:


As parents we must take a multi-pronged approach.  First, talk with your kids.  Second, protect your kids by installing filtering of some form.  Third, establish rules for internet use and stick with them.

Building Walls and Building Character


Technology Solutions

Filtering Software

What it should do:

·          Block objectionable content

·          Minimize blocking of desired content

·          Log activity and be easily monitored

·          Be impossible to disable without an administrative password

·          Monitor and filter web use, instant messaging, email

·          Control use of file-sharing applications such as Kazaa, Morpheus, etc

·          Time Management

·          Be easy to install, monitor, and use

Ratings:  (See my website for more info and manufacturers’ links.)

·          PC Magazine (Aug 8, ’04):  CyberSitter 9.0

·          Consumer Reports (June ’05):

·          Internet Filter Review 2005:  CyberProtect (CyberSitter came in 2nd)

Hardware/Software Filtering Combination

Linksys Parental Controls/Linksys Wireless-G Router with SpeedBooster (WRT54GS) Also available on some routers made by Netopia.

Takes advantage of the placement of the router between your PCs and your broadband internet connection. 


·          Provides all functionality of software filtering solutions.

·          All filtering is performed on the router.

·          No software to install on individual PCs.

·          Activity logs and configuration settings can be accessed from any internet connection in the world.

Filtered ISP

There are many Internet Service Providers offering filtered internet service.  These providers filter content such as pornography, hate-sites, etc. at their server.

See the article, “A clean Supply” from Citizen Magazine in the links page.  This article is rather dated so try a Google search of “filtered ISP” for some current offerings.



Links to Referenced Articles, Studies & Other Useful Websites


Note:  Rather than list the somewhat lengthy URLs for these sites, go to and click on ‘Protecting Our Families’.


General Info


A Journey into Cyberspace  Is the Internet good or bad? Both. Despite all the horrific headlines about online isolation, violence, pornography, predators and commercialism, the Internet can be a valuable and entertaining resource if used properly.


Content Watch Learning Center  Content Watch’s Learning Center includes numerous articles regarding all aspects of Internet safety.


Net Family News  A nonprofit public service providing "kid-tech news" for parents and educators.


P2P=Porn-to-Peer?  Pornography & File-Sharing


Focus on the Family:  Internet Safety Quick Links


What Makes a Good Filter by ContentWatch


P2P Networking: Kid’s Know. Do Mom and Dad? from Internet Filter Review




Government Accounting Office Report on Peer-to-peer File-sharing & Pornography


Palisade Systems Peer-to-Peer Study Results:  Porn Tops File Sharing Usage


The Online Life of Teenagers



Filtering Software Ratings


PC Magazine:  Internet Filtering Software


Top Ten Reviews Website:  Internet Filter Review 2005


Consumer Reports Article:  Filtering Software – June 2005


Filtered ISPs


A Clean Supply:  Filtered ISPs from Citizen Magazine