Cyber Porn

Imagine a place where you have access to anything and everything one could want. Some
would say that is only existent in a utopia, and some would say that describes
the Internet. Many adults go on to the net and access pornographic material that
would be unsuitable for children. This is called cyberporn. The controversy lies
in the fact that children are accessing these materials also. Government,
activist groups, and concerned parents are fighting to regulate obscene material
found over the Internet to protect children. The first amendment is the only
thing protecting adults from losing their rights to obtain pornographic or
indecent material on the net. Under the first amendment the government must not
regulate cyberporn. Online sex has been around since the first bulletin boards
were available over the computer in the early 1980\'s. People would pay to down
load pornographic pictures and talk dirty to each other. Usenet groups took
control of porn after the Internet came about. They did not charge people to
down load picture and to interact with others. In result, Internet porn grew
(Rosen 16). Things have changed drastically since then with over a million
different sites available to access porn. Now it is not just for adults.

Children are accessing the obscene materials. This brings rise to issues of how
to protect them from problems that can arise. The materials they view, could
influence children. They could also be subjected to cybersex in a chat room full
of people that could be three times their age. Worst of all pedophilias could
influence children to meet with them outside of the computer. The government and
the United States citizens must now figure out how to protect our children from
the effects of cyberporn, and yet at the same time protect the adults from
loosing their constitutional rights. In response to the need to protect children
the Communications Decency Act was passed. The first part of the CDA states if
you display "indecent" or "patently offensive" information on the

Internet, "in a manner available to a person under eighteen years of age,"
you are a criminal and have broken the law. The second part of the CDA reads you
have a defense against prosecution if you take "reasonable, effective, and
appropriate action" by restricting access to minors by needing a credit card
(verified), debit account, adult access code, or adult personal identification
number. This act is to be thought of as a way to legally zone porn behind and
electric gate that can only be accessed by those who have adult identification.

To receive full access to pornographic materials, one can pay a one-time fee of
$9.95 to an "Adult Check" service (Levy 54). Also the Child Pornography

Protection Act has been passed. It is to combat the use of computer technology
that enables a pornographer to alter a picture of a child to make it seem as
though the child engaged in an explicit sex act (Quittner 74). Rulings about
child pornography have existed for years and will always enacted whether it is
in the cyber universe or in magazine and movies. State laws are also being made
against smut found on the inter net. New York passed a law making information
found on the Internet that would be illegal if published in a book or magazine,
illegal. People who violate the law could receive up to four years in jail
(Rosen 16). The Exon amendment, if passed, will make communication between
adults limited and restrict kids from accessing these materials. This is part of
the House of Representatives Contract with the American people saying that they
need to protect children from the exposure to pornography over the Internet
(Rafter A3). The Supreme court is having a lot of conflict with these new laws
so until they can be passed parents will need to use the technology that is
already available to censor the net. Children can get into a lot of trouble and
bad situations while visiting a cyberporn site. The worst possible situation is
if they were becoming a victim of a pedophile while in a cybersex chat room.

After visiting some of the sites, "...pedophiles will use the materials to
arouse themselves and then seek out children...Whether itís simulated
technology or itís the real stuff, it arms a pedophile so itís easier to
find children and molest them. (Stevens A4)." With out needing to identify
yourself on the net, it is easy for adults to engage in obscene conversations
with children. Pedophiles also go into childrenís chat rooms and persuade them
to give out information like a