Online Safety

Statistics on Internet Dangers

Pornography General Stats

• As of 2003, there were 1.3 million pornographic websites; 260 million pages (N2H2, 2003).

• The total porn industry profit: estimates from $4 billion to $10 billion (National Research Council Report, 2002); Total U.S. revenue (2005): $12.6 billion (Adult Video News).

• U.S. adult DVD/video rentals in 2005: almost 1 billion (Adult Video News).

• Hotel viewership for adult films: 55% (

• Unique users visiting adult web sites monthly: 45 million (Neilsen Net Ratings).

Checklist for Implementing an Online Safety Program in Your Computer Center

Checklist for Implementing an Online Safety Program in Your Computer Center

1. Install Internet Filtering Software on all lab computers or install a server/router to filter all computers.

2. Determine types of activities that will not be allowed due to content or function.

          a) For content, banned sites should include all pornography and sexually explicit material; it could also include sites that are violent, gory, or that promote illegal drug use or hate.

Sample Online Safety Curricula (Orientation)

(TechMission is in the process of developing presentation templates for computer centers to use in introducing their participants to online safety issues and practices. It will cover the points of the Acceptable Use Policy and other relevant issues.)

Orientation for Adults

30 minute session

Need: LCD projector; Online Safety Presentation; copies of the AUP

1. Present the online safety presentation and allow for questions or comments 25 minutes

Sample Acceptable Use Policy

Sample Acceptable Use Policy

  1. All users must sign in before sitting down to work. # No food or drink at or near the computers!
    If the application you are using has sound, please turn it off or use headphones.
  2. Users of the center are asked to remain in the labs, the hall ways connecting the labs and the restrooms to avoid disturbing other classes.
  3. No Rollerblades (or other skates) in the labs.

More on Pornography Addiction

The following material is provided to help those counseling addicts or to help those addicted to understand what they are facing.

Strategies against Temptation

Prime Directives

Memorize these four prime directives and keep them in mind at all times.

  • Off the Fence

Don’t be ambivalent. Decide in your mind between right and wrong (sin), and decide exactly what you do or do not want to do.

Battle Plan Against Pornography

A sermon outline, statistics, and recommended resources for fighting pornography.

Men's Ministry Survey

1. How many close male friends do you have (“close” meaning you can expose your weaknesses?)  

Sample Staff Policies for Computer Use


The use of computer equipment and access to the internet is a privilege. With that privilege comes a responsibility for the ethical and appropriate use of these resources. The following details this more fully.

Steps for Church Strategy

We recommend using the following strategy to address the issue of online safety and media sobriety churchwide.


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