Internet Pornography Statistics
In 2003, a study was conducted by the Internet Filter Review to determine current statistics on x-rated content online. Unfortunately referring to the year 2003 on the internet is similar to referring to the French and Indian War in 1754. Internet hosts and traffic has changed and is growing so quickly, we can only anticipate that x-rated internet content has grown exponentially.
A brief look at the statistics:
- The Sex industry is a $57 Billion enterprise worldwide.
- The US is responsible for $12 Billion of this total revenue.
- 25% of total search engine requests are related to porn.
- Around 100,000 websites contain child pornography.
- Child pornography generates $3 Billion annually.
- 90% of 8-16 year olds have viewed porn online, usually when doing homework.
- The average age of a child’s first exposure to pornography online is 11 years old.
- The largest consumers of pornography are children between the ages of 12 and 17.
In light of these horrifying statistics, protecting your family from harmful websites is of the utmost priority. OpenDNS and Covenant Eyes can provide helpful means of providing accountability and filtering for your home network and network devices.
What is Open DNS?
OpenDNS is a public Domain Name System server. Their DNS servers perform webpage lookup whenever a user requests a page. OpenDNS is a commercial, enterprise-class DNS company, which also provides filtering.
How does OpenDNS work?
In order to understand how OpenDNS can help you, we must first take a look at how internet traffic is handled.
- When you enter google.com into your browser, the text ‘google.com’ is sent to a DNS server.
- DNS stands from Domain Name System, which serves as a phonebook for the internet.
- The DNS server responds with the IP address of google.com, and then in turn your browser connects you to that IP address.
- DNS servers exist outside of your home network, and usually are provided by your ISP (Comcast, BellSouth, Knology, or AT&T)
- OpenDNS serves as a free public DNS, and takes the place of your ISP’s DNS servers.
- OpenDNS lets you customize what websites you want to be made available to your network.
- Once established with OpenDNS, when you send the request ‘google.com’ to their DNS, if ‘google.com’ is a website that you have blocked you will not be able to access the site.
- If you try to request a web page that is in a category that you have blocked, you will not be able to view the web page.
What are the advantages to using OpenDNS?
- It is free.
- Unlike Covenant Eyes which installs locally on a device by device basis, OpenDNS protects every device that is in your network.
- You can block websites on a per-domain basis
- You can block a category of website like nudity or online gambling.
- Faster webpage load time.
- Does not install locally on your computer, and therefore does not bog your computer down.
- Protects from adware and spyware.
What are the disadvantages to using OpenDNS?
- If you use OpenDNS by installing it locally on your computer, and you change locations, it takes up to 5 minutes for your blocked website list to be enabled for your new location.
- If you are interested in accountability with OpenDNS, with the free version you have to manually harvest the historical data up to two weeks. It is not reported back to you.
- It can be circumvented. Contact Clifford for more details.
How can I get set up with OpenDNS?
- Create an account with OpenDNS at https://store.opendns.com/get/basic
- Change your DNS provider locally https://store.opendns.com/setup/
- Decide what categories of sites you would like to block. Custom will be the best option for most users.
What is Covenant Eyes?
Covenant Eyes is a program that installs on your computer or iPhone, and provides accountability and limited filtering.
How does Covenant Eyes work?
Covenant Eyes performs accountability by intercepting all internet traffic that comes through your computer, recording it, and emailing it to your accountability partner.
Additionally, it performs filtering by blocking sites that match its blacklist database. This blacklist database is updated by Covenant Eyes often.
What are the advantages of using Covenant Eyes?
- Excellent accountability. Reports are emailed to you at the end of every week or whenever specified.
What are the disadvantages of using Covenant Eyes?
- Installs locally on your computer, which means that a wii, Nintendo ds, palm pilot, blackberry, and other network-ready devices are not protected.
- Uses CPU resources. Covenant Eyes is a program that has to be constantly running on your computer, and thus could potentially make your computer run slower.
- Since new websites are published daily, Covenant Eyes blacklist database must be updated regularly in order to protect against new dangerous websites.
- Monthly fees.
- It can be circumvented. Contact Clifford for more details.
How can I start using Covenant Eyes?
- Register for Covenant Eyes by going to https://secure.cvnt.net/signup/
- Download and install the software
- Pick an accountability partner.
Should I use Covenant Eyes, or OpenDNS?
In my experience, OpenDNS has been the better choice. Its protection against pornography and malicious sites is top notch and performs this filtering silently and quickly. In my experience with Covenant Eyes, its accountability is extremely helpful, but its filtering is annoying. It blocks a lot of sites that aren’t pornographic.
My best suggestion is to absolutely use OpenDNS, and use Covenant Eyes for their accountability. If you would like to talk about further options for protection and filtering at home, I can help you set up an enterprise level solution.
What can be done about filtering and accountability for my mobile phone?
I’ve been asked this question several times. As of Tuesday, November 16, 2010 I do not know of any solutions for Blackberry, Android, or any other internet ready devices. For there iPhone there is Covenant Eyes in conjunction with parental controls, however there are always ways around this.
It is especially tough to block pornography from mobile devices that are not using wifi. Because the phone’s internet connectivity is coming from your phone company, it is tough to filter this type of connection.
Questions? Concerns? Contact Clifford.
Sources: Bissette, David C. “Internet Pornography Statistics.” HealthyMind.com. Web. 16 Nov. 2010. .