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Local parents take stand against Internet porn

Posted: 1:55 PM, Jan 30, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-30 22:49:53Z

Some South Bay parents are joining forces in what they're calling "a fight against the new drug.”

Aimee House still remembers the moment her 11-year-old child went online to research a project.

“My child went onto Google and tried to type 'reduce,' but accidentally wrote 'seduce.' There were all sorts of words and images,” said House.

Some of those images were pornographic.

“I'm afraid for what they saw, because I know it's hard to get those images out of your mind,” said House.

Now House and a small group of other parents, including Erin Hadfield, have decided to take a stand against Internet pornography.

“It's everywhere and so accessible, and it's so addictive,” said Hadfield.

“I think it’s going to affect their marriages, their relationships and their concept of love. It also affects how they feel about themselves, and that’s really frightening,” said House.

According to the Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography, teenagers are the largest consumers of online porn. The latest numbers show 93 percent of boys and 62 percent of girls view porn before age 18.

Local parents decided to launch a GoFundMe campaign in hopes of bringing the the national group Fight the New Drug -- to talk to local students and parents

“It doesn't have to be something that's behind closed doors. Parents can talk to their kids about it. I want to be prepared as a parent to safeguard my kids, educating myself and them,” said Hadfield.

The parents are hoping to raise about $5,000 to bring in the group in March.