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Study Finds Correlation Between Porn Use and Aggression

A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Indiana and the University of Hawaii found a connection between pornography use and sexual aggression. After analyzing the data from 22 studies, the researchers found that users were more likely to commit both verbal and physical acts of sexual aggression.

 

Surprising to some will be the fact that the correlation applied to both genders. Men and women who consumed pornography were more likely to sexually harass or use force or threats to obtain sex.

 

To read more about the study, click here!

 

The research clearly shows that pornography is corroding our society. Users are conditioned to approve of and desire to take pleasure from acts that are immoral and illegal. This is just one more way in which pornography ruins lives and hurts innocent people!

 

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Feature Friday: Why You Should Choose Clean Router

So Clean Router blocks all online pornography, filters every device in your home, provides you with internet activity reports, has customizable features, allows you to remotely log in and change your settings, and allows you to go around the filter when necessary. Is that good? For those new to internet filtering products, it’s hard to appreciate what Clean Router can do without a little comparison shopping. Here are a few things we do that other internet filters do not, and an explanation of why our extra features matter.

 

1) Clean Router touches EVERY device in your home

The most popular internet filter model is a software that parents download onto a certain number of devices. Some companies charge for each device, others do not. (For the record, we do not charge per device.) We believe that this approach, while better than nothing, fails to ensure that all online pornography is blocked from your home. For example, when (not if!) your teenager has a friend over, the friend will likely have a smart phone in his pocket. Suddenly pornography has a way into your home! Your child or teen may borrow or purchase another device without your knowledge. This would also leave your home and family members vulnerable.

 

Your home should be a sanctuary and a refuge from smut. We can make that happen. Because our filtering software is programmed into the router, not the device, Clean Router automatically filters any and every device that accesses your internet connection. With Clean Router, you know that accessing online pornography inside your home simply is not possible.

 

2) Clean Router provides customizable settings

Many filters provide limited options, so you are stuck with a filter that is either overzealous or under protective. If your filter is overzealous, the internet becomes frustrating at best and unusable at worst.

Clean Router allows you to fully customize your settings again and again. If you initially set your filters too low, go in and make them stronger. If your kids have grown enough that your previous filter settings seem excessive, you can reduce them in with just a few clicks!

We even allow you to make exceptions to your filters. If a website that you regularly visit and trust has been blocked, you can easily add it to the White List and enjoy unrestricted access. If there is a website that you use but don’t feel is appropriate for your kids (think Victoria’s Secret or an art website), you can temporarily bypass the filter without compromising your family’s safety. If a website slipped through the filters, just add it to the Black List, and our filters will block it in the future.

 

3) Clean Router filters in real time

Some internet filters (especially older ones) filter based off of lists. They block the websites and keywords on their lists, and allow everything else.

Clean Router has dynamic filters, which means our software scans each page looking for inappropriate content (with the exception of any website on our user-generated White List). It does not matter if a web page was clean last week– that page will be blocked today if pornographic content since your previous visit. The reverse is true too. If a page previously contained illicit content, but the content was deleted, Clean Router’s filters will allow access.

The internet is a constantly changing place. Filters cannot rely on lists from one or two or five years ago to consistently block all porn from your home. With Clean Router, you can be confident that our filters will examine even the most recent content.

 

When we were developing Clean Router, we saw a void that needed to be filled. No other internet filtering products provided all the features necessary to provide peace of mind. Your internet filter must touch every device in your home to ensure that pornography does not enter. Filters are notorious for hampering the online experience, so customizable settings are essential to growing families who want to enjoy the internet. Static filters may have worked in the late ’90s, but dynamic filtering systems are the only way to protect your family online.

 

Protecting families online is a big job, but we are up for the task! Why? Because here at Clean Router, we believe that online peace of mind is not just possible– it’s essential!

 

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Social Media Tips From The Washington Post

With the holiday season upon us, many of you may be preparing to give your children shiny new tablets, smart phones, and laptops. With these tech toys, though comes a whole can of worms– social media. Are you prepared to be the parent of a social media user?

 

From a mom who uses Facebook for a living, published by the Washington Post, here (click to read the article) is some advice for parents navigating the sometimes murky waters of social media and kids.

 

  • Know your kids’ passwords, and log in periodically
  • Adjust privacy settings
  • Monitor who they friend and follow
  • Set limits and rules for social media time
  • Be on social media yourself

 

To read the full article, click here!

 

Interested in social media tips for families? Check out these quotes to share with your teens about Instagram!

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6 Costly Social Media Mistakes Teens Make

The teenage years may seem like a time to get away with being irresponsible and carefree. However, many teens and even parents forget that life-changing decisions are just around the corner. Most high school students submit college applications at sixteen or seventeen and begin applying for scholarships soon after. High school athletes face scrutiny during their junior and senior years as well.

 

College admissions personnel and college scouts are scrutinizing these teenagers. They examine personal essays and resumes, ask for interviews, and read letters of recommendation. They are also examining social media profiles; and, if they don’t like what they see, offers of admission and scholarships are withheld.

 

With the price of college tuition increasing every year, a teen’s social media blunders could cost tens of thousands of dollars.

 

Meanwhile, teens continue to obliviously post, message, and tweet away opportunities. What mistakes are they making?

 

1) They post revealing pictures (in more than one sense)

A suggestive profile pic might seem fun at the time, but colleges are unlikely to be impressed by a bikini shot. Keep in mind that all but the strictest social media privacy settings allow anyone to see a profile picture.

Skin aside, other kinds of pictures can turn off professionals. Images of drinking, partying, drug use, or bullying will destroy a teen’s online image too.

 

2) They post too often

While surprising, this social media habit was specifically listed by a Big Ten recruiter in the Chicago Tribune as a mistake. When teens post at all hours of the day and night, admissions advisors may ask, When is this kid studying?

 

3) They post extreme content

Your teen’s political ideology may be a little outside of the mainstream, and that’s ok. However, posting extreme left- or right-wing content might make some people think your teen is too “out there” to match their team, campus or workplace culture. Others might worry that your teen may not know how to work with those with other value systems. A good rule of thumb is if you would not talk about it at a real-life social gathering, you probably should not post it online.

 

4) They post insensitive or unkind messages

No one likes a bully, and in recent years, schools and the law cracked down on harassment both on and offline. Combine that with the fact that behavior on college campuses is subject to increased scrutiny these days, and it’s not surprising that colleges are being extra careful whom they invite to represent them. Each college student has the power to build or injure their alma mater’s reputation for the rest of his life– colleges don’t want to take any chances.

 

5) They use unprofessional profile names

No email, handle, user name, or profile name should include profane, suggestive, or violent content. While a goofy online moniker may have been funny or cute twenty years ago, an online presence should now be as clean-cut and inoffensive as behavior at Grandma’s house.

 

6) They don’t Google themselves

If someone Googled your teen, what would they see? While your teen may have sky-high privacy settings and immaculate posts, his or her friends might have less discretion. Make sure you know what any online searches will turn up, and clean up the results if necessary.

 

Don’t let your teens lose thousands of dollars and countless opportunities because of their online profiles! Have the social media talk again and again, and clean up their profiles. Your teens will thank you later, and they will learn valuable lessons about presenting themselves online and in real life.

 

Clean Router is committed to protecting your family on the internet.

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Huffington Post: “The Internet is for porn”

No one could ever accuse the Huffington Post of being anti-porn. However, even they admit that pornography has become one of the main uses of the internet. Click here to see some of their mind-blowing statistics about pornography and the internet.

  • 70% men and 30% women watch pornography
  • 2/3 of Human Resource professionals say they have found porn on employees computers (business owners, take note!)
  • 30% of all data transferred across the internet is porn

 

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10 Quick (but Shocking) Porn Stats

Not convinced that porn is a problem? Here are 10 quick stats about pornography that will blow you away.

 

1) It’s a 10 billion dollar industry

For context, that’s more than major league sports combined!

 

2) 11, 000 hardcore pornography videos are produced in America every year.

And that does NOT include pornographic pictures, or other sexually explicit video content that is not technically hardcore pornography.

 

3) “Porn” is the 4th most popular search word…. for children ages 7 and younger.

And for all children ages 18 and under, “Porn” was still in the top 5.

 

4) According to the FBI, pornography is found at 80% of sex crime scenes.

 

5) 90% of pornography depicts abuse. 

 

6) 1 in 5 mobile searches are for pornography.

 

7) 24% of smart phone users admit to having pornography on their phones.

 

8) The average age of first exposure to porn for young men is 12 years old.

 

9) 34% of people have received unwanted exposure to pornography.

 

10) 420 million pages of pornography exist online.

 

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Why Do We Stay On Social Media?

“I wake up staring at my phone. I fall asleep to the glow of the very same screen. I think about whether leaving social media would make any difference. It probably won’t, and yet I can’t bear to look away.”

 

Author Michael Seidlinger contemplates our societal fascination with social media in a new Buzzfeed piece titled, “Every Day I Want to Quit Social Media.”

 

Seidlinger delves into the vulnerability of social media users, describing the feeling of seeing a post flop, watching a friend’s post be inundated with attention, and the compulsion to scroll, to catch up.

 

But then, the saving grace of social media appears– a human connection. Among the posturing and one-upping, it’s easy to forget that social media was invented to bring people closer together, not to isolate.

 

Social media is a tool, and like any other tool, can be used to enhance or detract from our quality of life. To read more about how to minimize the negative aspects of social media, click here.

 

To read the full Buzzfeed article, click here!

 

And to learn more about providing your family with a fun, safe online experience, click here.

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An Open Letter To Families

Hello families,

 

Isn’t the internet amazing? Who could have imagined just twenty years ago, that information of every kind could be so constantly accessible? The internet allows us to develop skills, discuss ideas, educate ourselves, and connect with friends and family near and far away.

 

Our children are astounding us with their technological savvy and skill. Toddlers operate tablets and smartphones with ease, and teenagers write computer code and build websites. This is the technology generation. They are preparing to take their place in a world where digital life is almost as relevant as “real” life.

 

The internet (almost an obsolete term!) mirrors the off-line world. There is both beauty and ugliness, violence and peace, kindness and cruelty, growth and stagnancy, danger and safety. Just as we gradually prepare our children to succeed in the real world, we need to teach our children how technology can enhance their lives.

 

Some parents look askance at technology and the internet. They fear the effects of pornography, gaming, cyberbullying, social media, and technological addiction so much that they try to protect their children by eliminating their contact with computers. These are all valid fears, and many do suffer from the dangers of the internet. However, in our day and age, protecting children from the dangers of the internet by forbidding them from going online is akin to preventing kidnapping by never allowing your children to leave your home. It just is not practical, and it will not prepare them to be successful adults.

 

That is not to say that parents should not limit and monitor their children’s internet activity and usage– on the contrary! Just as a responsible parent carefully supervises a toddler at a playground, parents should be actively aware of their children’s technological experiences.

 

Please explore our website, Cleanrouter.com. Here you’ll learn how we provide customizable filtering technology to families. You can block specific websites or topics, approve other websites, and even give the internet a schedule! Beyond filtering, though, Clean Router allows you to conveniently view your family’s internet usage from anywhere.

 

Having a fun, safe internet experience is not just possible– it’s essential! Allow us to give you the gift of online peace of mind today.

Sincerely,

Clean Router

Pornography: Public Health Problem, Or Changing Culture?

A Deseret News article published yesterday, “Why some people believe pornography should be considered a public health problem,” examines how our society’s attitude about pornography has changed over time.

 

One study asked participants if pornography distribution should be illegal. In 1975, 53% of women and 34% of men said yes. In 2012, though, only 43% of women and 23% of men said yes.

 

Why the gender gap? The authors of the study argue that men are influenced by the media and society from a young age to become pornography consumers. Women, on the other hand, are torn between societal messages that pornography equals liberation and personal feelings that pornographic depictions of sex and the female body are degrading to women. The ubiquitous nature of pornography also discourages anti-pornography women from speaking out. If all the men and many of the women are doing it, society’s acceptance of pornography seems inevitable.

 

To read the full article, click here!

 

Here at Clean Router, we believe that winning the fight against pornography in your home IS possible! Click here to learn more about protecting your family online.

 

“Removed” series highlights our attachment to mobile devices

Photographer Eric Pickersgill has published a series of photographs that highlight just how attached our society is to mobile devices.

 

The series, titled “Removed,” depicts people in ordinary situations using smart phones or tablets. However, Pickersgill has removed the mobile device from the finished photograph. The finished result depicts men, women, and children looking down at their hands.

 

The photographs, one of which is pictured above, evoke feelings of emptiness and loneliness. The irony, of course, is that many of us consider ourselves more connected to friends, family, and society by virtue of the internet. However, in “Removed,” it’s easy to see what we are really missing out on: time with loved ones, moments of everyday life, and the beauty of the world around us.

 

To view the rest of the “Removed” series by Eric Pickersgill, click here.