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Why use a pornographic image blocker?

It's in your face

Finding pornography on the on the Internet is a trivial task. Anyone computer savvy enough to use a search engine can find pornographic web sites with just a few clicks.

Pornography can be encountered by accident as well. Have you ever typed a web address incorrectly and landed on a pornographic site? Many porn sites purposely use web addresses similar in spelling to popular mainstream web sites, trapping users who may have spelled the intended address incorrectly.

Pornography isn't relegated to the Internet. E-mail is another medium heavily used by the porn industry. Have you ever received an e-mail with an innocent sounding subject line, only to find that it was a solicitation to visit a porn site?

Pornographic site operators employ many tricks to try and trap people into visiting their web site. Why? Because they know that even a quick glimpse can get you hooked. In fact, pornography is one of the most addicting substances known to man.¹

PicBlock filters every image and word displayed in your web browser or e-mail client, and will block pornographic images from being displayed.

To protect your children

Does your middle-schooler or teenager spend hours on his or her computer unattended? Have you done all you can to protect them from accidental or intentional exposure to pornography?

A recent study indicates nine out of ten children, ages 8 to 16 who have Internet access, have visited pornographic web sites, usually in the course of looking up information for homework²

PicBlock will detect and block these sites from being ever appearing.

Save your marriage

At a recent meeting of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, two-thirds of divorce lawyers who attended said excessive interest in online pornography played a significant role in divorces in the past year.

According to the founder of the Center for Online Addiction, approximately 65% of people who visit their site, do so because of marital problems created by cyber pornography.

The relationship between pornographic addiction and marital problems is real and profound. Maybe you know someone who is struggling in their marriage because of an addiction to pornography, or maybe even have faced this struggle in your own marriage.

Some couples go so far as to remove all computer and Internet access from their home in order to avoid the temptations of pornography. With PicBlock installed you won't need to throw away your computer! You now have an ally, a trustworthy accountability partner that will silently protect you from the devastating effects of pornography.

Avoid lawsuits and productivity losses

The rapid proliferation of illegal and inappropriate image material on personal computers and computer networks is a growing problem for major corporations today in terms of loss productivity and sexual harassment liability.

Dr. Mary Anne Layden, Co-director of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program at the University of Pennsylvania touched on economic losses from pornography, stating that "70% of the hits on Internet sex sites occur between 9 and 5 on business computers."

In addition to economic loss due to lessened employee productivity, sexually explicit material generated, displayed or transmitted by the employer computer system may amount to sexual harassment of an employee who finds the material offensive. The employer may find himself or herself legally responsible for such harassment.

According to the American Management Association, "27% of the Fortune 500 companies have battled sexual harassment claims stemming from employee misuse and abuse of inappropriate images on corporate computers."

  • Corporations are being sued by employees who have been sexually harassed through the use of emails by their co-workers which contain pornographic images
  • Corporations are being sued by employees who have been exposed to pornographic internet content being accessed by their co-workers
  • Corporations may suffer criminal prosecution when employees disseminate pornography using the employer IT infrastructure
  • Corporations may suffer criminal prosecution if they neglect to prevent employees from downloading child pornography into the workplace using employer IT infrastructure from the internet or any other source
  • Individual executives may personally suffer criminal prosecution if they neglect to prevent employees from downloading child pornography into the workplace using employer IT infrastructure from the internet or any other source

PicBlock helps mitigate the risk of lawsuits and productivity losses by filtering and blocking pornographic images and sexually explict words at the desktop level.

¹ Exposed: Simple Fantasy or Obsession? - Jennifer Schneider, Psychologist Victor Cline, and many others.
² The Science Behind Pornography Addiction" - presented to the Senate Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space on November 18, 2004
³John Rabun, former head of the Department of Justice's Missing and Abducted Children Center in a 1984 Senate Hearing held by the California Protective Parents Association.
4Janis Wolak, JD, Kimberly Mitchell, PhD and David Finkelhor, PhD. Crimes against Children Research Center, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire. A telephone survey of a nationally representative sample of 1500 youth Internet users aged 10 to 17 years was conducted between March and June 2005.

Facts & Quotes:

"One in five children, ages 10 to 17, have received a sexual solicitation over the Internet."²

Parents cannot depend on legislation to protect their children. Congress has passed the Communications Decency Act (1996), the Child Online Protection Act (1998), and the Children's Internet Protection Act (2000). Each of these pieces of legislation were challenged under the First Amendment.

In a 2001 poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 70% of 15-to 17-year-olds said they had accidentally come across pornography online.

"100% of rapists, pedophiles, etc., in their study, possessed adult pornography."³

"72 million users visit Internet pornography sites each year."²

"Forty-two percent of youth Internet users had been exposed to online pornography in the past year. Of those, 66% reported only unwanted exposure. CONCLUSIONS. More research concerning the potential impact of Internet pornography on youth is warranted, given the high rate of exposure, the fact that much exposure is unwanted, and the fact that youth with certain vulnerabilities, such as depression, interpersonal victimization, and delinquent tendencies, have more exposure."4