Numbers of Negative Websites Grow Substantially

Jim Liebelt | Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University | Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Numbers of Negative Websites Grow Substantially

Another report that underscores the need for parents to be proactive in creating boundaries and to monitor their kids' Internet usage...

Security vendor Optenet has supplied us with some chilling metrics measuring the dark underbelly of the Internet. Over the 12 months of 2007, the number of web sites promoting anorexia and bulimia increased by 470%;  sites featuring child pornography grew 18%; and sites with violent content increased 125% . Meanwhile, web sites promoting racism grew  70%, while web sites encouraging illicit drug use increased by 62%.

This underscores something I frequently tell my grown sons, as they get ready to start families of their own: the digital world we live in is a much more treacherous place to raise kids than the simple analog world they grew up in. Joel Silberman, Optenet's VP of North American operations, agrees with me. “Due to the rapidly increasing amount of dangerous and illicit content on the Internet, people need to take serious measures to protect their families and businesses,” Silberman says.  “As the web continues to evolve from commercial to social, it is more vital than ever for parents and managers alike to categorize, monitor and control online activity.”

Source: USA Today Technology Blog