n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - Internet pornography : a wide focus on how it relates to children

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-1383



The most profound change in communication since the invention of the printing press has been the development in the electronic media, especially the internet. Many people purport not to understand and indeed to feel overwhelmed by the new technology which, while it brings many benefits, also has the potential for doing harm. It opens new doors to artistic, social, intellectual and political expression. However, the ability to reach a wide audience with little or no regulation also results in a proliferation in various forms of communication which many may find harmful or offensive. This article intends to serve a general informative purpose by focussing on the scenario of child pornography on the internet, its dangers and the actions taken to limit its harmful impact on children, as well as the difficulties of imposing sanctions against it on the internet.

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