"Big Four" Highlights


Campus Porn

Parents beware: it’s more widespread and serious than you think.

Boys will be boys and be drawn to porn, especially when at college, away from the protective oversight of parents. Yet campus porn has moved far beyond the magazine under the mattress or a frat house flick. The internet has made hard-core porn available to every student in the privacy of their dorms or even in the school’s library. Most colleges will not exercise “censorship” by installing filters or other protective software. Long gone are the days when college administrators act like the adults in the room and exercise their role in loco parentis, in the place of parents.

To get an idea of the extent of the campus porn problem, Fathers for Good spoke with Patrick Trueman, president and CEO of Morality in Media, who also oversees the website PornHarms.com.

Fathers for Good: So what’s new about porn on college campuses? It’s always been there in some form.

Patrick Trueman: In the past 20 years, since the advent of the Internet Age, pornography use has skyrocketed. Surveys demonstrate that perhaps more than 80% of college boys use pornography. But it is also the amount and nature of the pornography consumed that is of concern. In one hour on the Internet, a boy will see more pornography than most men would have seen in a lifetime in an earlier age. The pornography available on the Internet is also far more deviant than would have been accessible in an earlier age. Studies on brain science indicate that consumers of pornography begin with relatively mild porn but quickly escalate to harder and more deviant pornography because the brain “demands” this to maintain excitement. This progression leads to addiction in many. It also leads many to move from adult porn to child porn. Thus the college porn experience is far different today than in the pre-Internet Age.

FFG: Are there studies regarding the effects of porn on campus life?

Patrick Trueman: There are a number that are posted on the Porn Harms website, including one of male fraternities and another on the overall epidemic of porn use among teens and college kids.

FFG: Do college administrations take the effects of porn seriously?

Patrick Trueman: Some do - particularly Christian colleges. However, most colleges apparently provide unfiltered Internet access.

FFG: What can parents do?

Patrick Trueman: Parents should start early educating children on the harms of pornography, both the spiritual and physical/psychological harms. Waiting until kids are on their way to college is too late. The average age of first exposure to Internet porn is 11, so before then, children should be trained to avoid pornography and taught the harms of pornography. Parents should lock down their house to keep pornography out. That means utilizing effective Internet filters (there are only a few to be trusted) and utilizing monitoring software that will notify parents of every Internet site visited by their children. All internet-enabled devices should be filtered as well.