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Internet pornography is more accessible than ever; how to protect your kids

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DULUTH, MN -- The need for high-speed internet access has only increased since last year's pandemic-related shutdowns and major shifts to distance learning.

But with all of the good, the worldwide web offers a rabbit hole of explicit content no parent wants their child to see.

According to the adult video sharing website Pornhub, they recorded over 42 billion visits in 2019 with almost 220,000 video views every minute.

As for who's watching it, a 2020 BBFC report found 50% of people ages 11 to 13 have seen pornography in some way. That number shoots way up to 78% for 16 and 17-year-olds.

Studies have shown exposure to internet pornography at a young age can harm brain development.

In a special report, KBJR 6's Ryan Haff heard from Duluth mothers, an internet safety advocate, and sexual health therapists about the best ways to protect your children.

Below, parents can find resources and tools to start the conversation:

DULUTH MOM GROUP

The 'Duluth Mom' website is a free place for Northland mothers to read blogs and personal stories, and access a community calendar to stay up to date on local events.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

Enough Is Enough is a national non-profit whose mission is to make the internet safer for families and children. They offer resources for parents to better protect their children from the dangers that hide on the web.

ILLUMÉ NORTH

Illumé North is a mental health center in Duluth dedicated to preventing sexual abuse, increasing awareness of sexual health, and healing the effects of sexual trauma.

Click the link to find all of the services they provide for adults, kids, and families.

Ryan Haff

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