A few days ago one of our readers sent the following letter to us:
Dear Writers at Catholic Exchange:
I’ve never thought of myself as a prude, rather just a good Catholic, but when I found my 13-year-old son watching a movie online that had two young ladies getting hot and heavy with each other in a small car I almost lost it.
It amazes me the access young children have to inappropriate content on the internet, and when I did some research, I found the website.
The movie in question is called In Search Of. It is showing on www.hulu.com right now for free, and I discovered my son lied about his age when he signed up for an account. It all just seems a little too easy for my comfort.
I watched In Search Of, and have never been so offended at the fact that my boy would have access to something of this nature so easily. The movie is about sex. It has scenes depicting everything from rape to abortion to homosexuality to infidelity. And best of all, it’s filled with all of these religious icons (crosses in the background, an intro with a priest talking about Adam and Eve) as if the people that made the movie are trying to make some kind of connection about Christianity and sex.
And the message boards on Hulu are revolting. There are people who are actually calling this a Christian film, promoting abstinence. Sorry, but I prefer my Christian films without male and female genitalia.
Thank you for your time. I also sent this exact email to Harry Forbes and the USCCB to see if it was something they’d like to tackle or at least review. Or at least bring to their’s and your attention my distaste with the internet’s complete lack of censorship. But judging from past articles you’ve done on Mr. Forbes, he apparently goes easy on these kinds of issues. It’s a shame, really.
So far, every attempt to protect children from this plague from the Internet side has failed. The pornography industry spends the billions it rakes in from its current victims to protect its ability to create more — useful idiot politicians and librarians take its side. Forget parents’ rights.
That means that you, and only you, can protect your children while online. Unfortunately this means that along with the burden of responsibility, there is going to be a burden of either cost or time or both. Unless you are going to personally monitor every click of the mouse while your children are online, you will need to obtain blocking software that allows you to control what sites your children may visit. Robust software that allows a high-level of parental control costs money and takes time to download and set up. It’s a real pain.
Do it anyway.