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High adult content consumption: church and child rights organisations raise alarm

Story by Ruvarashe Mariga

THE church and child rights organisations have expressed concern over the increase in the consumption of adult content among the youth after a report released by the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) revealed that adult entertainment sites consistently rank among the top ten most visited websites by Zimbabweans.

The revelation has prompted the church and child rights organisations to consider raising awareness about the moral, spiritual, and long-term implications of excessive pornographic content consumption.

According to statistics, a staggering 75% of Zimbabwean youths aged between 14 and 24 spend more than 12 hours daily on their mobile devices, with 60% of that time dedicated to online content consumption.

 This excessive screen time has led to a concerning rise in exposure to pornographic material, with potentially devastating consequences for their mental, emotional, and social well-being.

“The consumption of adult content among our youth is a pressing issue that requires a collective effort from both parents and the church. We are seeing a rise in addiction and a decline in moral values. As spiritual leaders, we have a responsibility to teach our children about the harm caused by viewing such sites. We must work together to provide guidance and support, and to create a safe and nurturing environment that promotes healthy relationships and spiritual growth,” said Charis Bible College’s Pastor Plaxedes Dube.

The founder of Shale07 Youth Foundation, Sharon Mukuze said, “The consumption of adult content among children and teens has devastating effects on their lives, leading to failed relationships, failed marriages, and addiction. As parents, it’s our responsibility to ensure our children’s well-being and safety.

“We need to spend quality time with our kids, educating them about the harmful effects of such content and teaching them valuable life skills. Moreover, there are applications and tools available that can be installed on their cell phones to block access to these harmful sites. By taking these steps, we can significantly reduce the consumption of adult content among our children and help them develop healthy relationships and values.”

Churches and child rights organisations contend the increase in consumption of adult content among the youth demands collective action, noting the need for parents and guardians to take responsibility for their children’s online safety.

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