Cartoon Pornography: A Serious Threat to Our Children

For those that don’t know, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is, as Wikipedia puts it, “an American conservative anti-pornography organization”. They believe that all forms of pornography is harmful to society. Not just CSAM, but also legal adult porn.

According to them, pornography may lead to real abuse and most of the pornography found on the Internet today would be considered “obscene” under American law, which would make it “not protected speech”.

While I agree that there are problems in the porn industry (such as exploitation), banning porn as a whole won’t fix anything.

While they usually focus on real porn, recently, NCOSE published an article on their website about kids and cartoon porn. There are some problems with the article. So, let’s check it out:

*Angelina’s story is a likely story, based on the findings of research. Angelina is not a real individual.

When Angelina* first watched the Disney movie Frozen, she promptly became obsessed. For the next several months, little Angelina could constantly be found toddling about the house, singing “Let it gooooo” at the top of her lungs.

Brave and beautiful Elsa became Angelina’s idol. On Halloween, Angelina donned an Elsa costume. When she turned 6-years-old, she had an Elsa-themed birthday party. At school, she invariably spent her recesses playing “Elsa and Anna” with her best friend Carlie. (Angelina was always Elsa. Carlie was Anna.)

One day, Angelina was on her mother’s iPad. She was allowed to use the device to entertain herself while her parents were busy cooking dinner or working.

With her tiny thumbs, Angelina typed “Elsa” into the search bar.

For the next twenty minutes or so, she swiped happily through the videos and songs and images of her well-beloved Frost Queen.

Then, Angelina arrived at a video titled “Frozen Elsa and Anna Hardcore BDSM.”

She clicked on it…

We need go no further into what Angelina would have seen that day. The above image depicts the first page of results when NCOSE researchers typed the words “Elsa Frozen” into Pornhub. For your protection, we blocked all thumbnails and blurred explicit language. But girls like Angelina would not have enjoyed such protection.

The disturbing reality is that cartoon pornography, often depicting characters from mainstream children’s shows, is more prevalent than you might think. And new research suggests this subset of pornography is apt at drawing in young children like Angelina.

-Note: Oh sure, blame the cartoon porn. It’s not like the parents couldn’t put an Internet filter (or, you know, use “parental controls”) on the device. Just use Google to find a suitable one.

Since we’re talking about iPad in particular, Apple has a page about parental controls: Use parental controls on your child's iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch - Apple Support (CA)

The Prevalence of Cartoon Pornography Exposure among Young Children

Cartoon Pornography is not an issue which is on many parents’ radar—even those parents who are aware of the threat of “regular” pornography (i.e., photographic pornography). However, recent research from the British Board of Film Classification demonstrates that the risk of children being exposed to cartoon pornography is not at all negligible.

This BBFC study analyzed the top 100 pornography sites visited by children aged 6-12 in the UK. Eight of these sites were cam sites and consequently excluded from the study. Of the remaining 22 sites, 50% specialized in animated or drawn pornography—referred to in the report as “non-photographic pornography.”

A recent study found that a significant percentage of the pornography viewed by young children is “cartoon” pornography. 50% of the top 100 non-cam pornography sites visited by children aged 6-12 specialized in animated/drawn pornography.

-Note: The above paragraph (the one that starts with “A recent study…”) is one that NCOSE wants people to post on Twitter. I removed the link to Twitter, but I put the paragraph in bold to highlight it. There will be others like this.

Also, it seems like A LOT of parents don’t watch what their children are doing online. Why can’t parents take responsibility for their children instead of blaming cartoon porn?

Children aged 6-12 disproportionately visited sites specializing in non-photographic pornography, compared to groups that included older participants. For children aged 6-17, 21% of the top 30 pornography sites (excluding 6 cam sites) specialized in non-photographic pornography, and none of the top 30 sites specialized in non-photographic pornography when the sample included adults.

One possible explanation for these statistics is that cartoon pornography exposure could be serving as a “gateway” to photographic pornography consumption, with many young children starting out watching non-photographic pornography and later transitioning to photographic pornography.

It is important to note that, while the above statistics only take into account sites that specialize in cartoon pornography, this content is also very commonly consumed even on pornography sites that do not specialize in it. For example, in 2022, Pornhub’s #1 most searched term worldwide was “hentai”. Hentai is cartoon pornography that has a Japanese art style, like the art style of anime and manga.

-Note: After “Hentai” and “Japanese”, the most searched term on Pornhub in 2022 was… “MILF”.

Watch out moms.

Cartoon Pornography Preys on Children by Featuring Characters from Popular Children’s Shows

A particularly disturbing subset of cartoon pornography is content which features characters from popular children’s shows—such as the “Elsa” pornography shown in the opening anecdote. Featuring mainstream cartoon characters is likely to increase the chance that the pornography will catch the eye of young children, and that children will be accidentally exposed while conducting innocuous Google searches related to their favourite movies and TV shows.

The BBFC research found that 48.2% of the top 100 sites visited across all ages (excluding 17 cam sites) carried content featuring characters that were likely to be familiar/appealing to children. For example, the researchers found numerous pornography titles related to characters from Frozen, Tangled, Scooby Doo, The Incredibles, Pokémon, and more.

When NCOSE researchers searched for similar titles on Pornhub, we found much of the same, plus numerous titles related to classic Disney films, such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Peter Pan, etc.

Mainstream pornography sites carry content featuring characters from popular children’s shows—e.g. Anna and Elsa from Frozen. This seems specifically designed to prey on children and draw them into the destructive habit of pornography use.

-Note: The above paragraph is another one that NCOSE wants people to post on Twitter.

And this content is far from child friendly. Of course, no pornography is or should be intended for children. But even further than that, the BBFC noted finding content that was particularly harmful in terms of “promoting an interest in abusive relationships.” The study highlighted numerous video titles featuring themes of rape, incest, physical aggression, and more.

This mirrors research on photographic pornography. For example, a 2021 study found that one in eight video titles presented to first-time viewers of three mainstream pornography websites described sexual violence involving incest, physical aggression and sexual assault, and non-consent.

It is nothing short of a crisis that our children are being exposed to this content that normalizes violence and abuse.

-Note: You mean video titles that say something like “Sister wants to play Donkey Kong with her Step Bro”?

Cartoon Child Sexual Abuse Material

To make matters worse, a significant amount of cartoon pornography is actually cartoon child sexual abuse material (CSAM, the more apt term for “child pornography”).

The researchers behind the BBFC study actually took precautions to avoid finding cartoon/non-photographic CSAM, as it is an offence to possess this material under UK law. However, even while taking these precautions, the study found that 65.1% of the non-cam sites in the top 100 pornography sites visited across all ages carried, among their most prominent content, non-photographic content that the title and/or thumbnail suggested may feature child or child-like characters. This percentage is likely a gross underestimate, considering the researchers specifically strove to avoid this content.

The BBFC researchers also interviewed a panel of experts about their assessment of the harms of this type of material. The majority of the expert panelists expressed concern that people who view non-photographic child sexual abuse material may escalate to viewing photographic child sexual abuse material, or even eventually commit contact sex offences against children. The experts argued that this may happen due to “the normalisation of attitudes to the material and its sexual arousal potential.” In other words, even though non-photographic CSAM is not victimizing a real child, it is training the viewer to see children as a subject of sexual interest, and is desensitizing them to the crimes of contact child sexual abuse and/or consumption of photographic CSAM.

-Note: “Training”? That makes no sense. Some people are attracted to minors and others aren’t. Lolicon can’t turn a non-MAP into a MAP.

Gotta love how they say “non-photographic CSAM” instead of “lolicon”.

I wonder what those “expert panelists” would say about lolicon in Japan.

Analysis of the Risks/Harms

As part of their research, the BBFC conducted a literature review, as well as several interviews with experts, to assess the potential harms related to non-photographic pornography. Their analysis suggested the following risks, among others:

  • the first sexual images seen by children can include abusive imagery contained within hentai (Japanese-style cartoon pornography)
  • non-photographic pornography can be used in the sexual grooming of children
  • attitudes supportive of violence toward others, such as coercive and degrading acts toward women depicted in certain types of non-photographic pornography, can lead to the objectification and abuse of women
  • children want to try out things seen in pornography and other sexually explicit material and sexually abusive material

Other research on pornography in general has uncovered a myriad of harms to children, including increased risk of being sexually exploited, increased risk of committing sexual violence, increased mental health problems, poor academic achievement, and more.

For more information about the research on how pornography harms children, download our FREE resource The Most Dangerous Playground Is Now…In Our Kid’s Pockets

-Note: Yeah, non-photographic imagery can be used to groom children… But, so can money, toys or other things.

Once again, it is the responsibility of parents to make sure that their children don’t look at porn online by using parental controls. Is that so hard to understand?

ACTION: Urge Congress to Pass Legislation Protecting Children from Pornography Exposure!

One of the policy recommendations offered by the BBFC in light of this research was that governments pass legislation which would require pornography websites to verify the age of their users—therefore protecting children from being exposed to their harmful content.

Call on your members of Congress to support the SCREEN Act, which would do exactly that!

Urge Congress to Pass Child Protection Legislation this Congressional Session!

-Note: Or, parents could do something like this:

Don’t blame cartoon porn for what kids are doing online.


NCOSE continually disgusts me with the things they compare to actual CSAM. It’s offensive to victims and minimizes the damage that real CSAM does.

Also, that screenshot is literally from a well-known porn site. Basic parental controls or supervision could easily prevent this hypothetical. Seems like a better solution than widespread censorship.


The British Board of Film Censors (BBFC) continues to disgust me too.


THERE IS ZERO EVIDENCE TO PROVE THIS!!! WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE?? I see this claim made constantly, yet nobody can show me this. No study has produced survey or research evidence supporting this, and simply going on any clearnet accessible site will demonstrate this.

A cursory glance at the mainstream loli/shota communities will show you that this isn’t the case. Literally any and all platforms heavily moderate against illegal content and their communities are also against it, with Baraag being one such example.


They cannot stand the absence of evidence being exposed, so they try to take higher ground by false accusations. No backbone, no difference to ECPAT.

  1. The first reaction of a child seeing anything new is to ask someone what it is. At the point, they don’t even know what that “sexual image” means, much less can lead to abusive behavior.
  2. A kitchen knife can be used in the damaging of children, so let’s ban kitchen knives, shall we?
  3. So where is the statistical data of the rate of the attitudes leading to bad behaviors, if actual researches ever exist?
  4. That won’t be true UNLESS the children are NOT taught respect at all AND are forced to watch SEM 24/7, in other words, getting brainwashed.

Every single “can” contains their inanity. They have no confidence to use “certain”, “will”, “absolute”.

My refutations can still use some help to make them better.


Virtually anything can be used to groom children. Toys, candy, anything.


I’m now wondering how hard it would be to convince NCOSE to start a campaign against Snickers


Uhm, I feel like something has gone horribly wrong if an unsupervised 6-year-old child is visiting PornHub, and at that point what she types in the search bar is really the least problem.

Also note how the fairy tale they told before conveniently skips over how the child managed to get from innocent search results about frozen to PornHub and hardcore pornography, all in the time it took her mom to cook dinner. I just typed in “ELSA” into my search bar and scrolled through the first 10 pages. I found the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), but no porn whatsoever.

It’s disgusting how these organizations feed on the incompetence and sometimes negligence of parents in order to pass moralistic laws, instead of focussing on informing and enabling parents to protect their kids from age-inappropriate content.


Just say that they’re phallic and that because they’re marketed towards children, they’re promoting promiscuity and sex to kids.

I say that in jest, but it’s not too far off from what they already vigorously campaign against. They invoke nonsensical associations and irrationally invoke fear and panic. NCOSE is LITERALLY just Morality in Media.


They’d probably have more luck going after Subway Sandwiches…

(Please don’t sue me, Subway, that wasn’t your fault!)


part of me really wants to try that …


I think Germany or Austria got Subway to say that their "bread’ is actually confectionary, due to the high sugar content.


Also this is an oxymoron. Fictional child pornography, wherein no real child was exploited or involved for the result to exist, cannot and do not qualify as ‘CSAM’, since the underlying abuse never occurred, and fictional ‘child’ characters are not conceived, nor regarded the same way as real children, so ‘abuse’ is not warranted either.

The appropriate generalization is ‘virtual child pornography’.


Ey, I made a thread about terms like this!


Consent from fictional characters, LOL:

Peak idiocy… There’s a reason why I deliberately play games, like the Venus Blood series. Warlord raping and pillaging. Actually, it’s funny. There’s quite a few games with pillaging. Rape is the rare treat.


My reaction to that information:

Idiocy has no limits, apparently.


One of the most popular genres of fiction is monster movies. Do folks enjoy being scared or angry? I’m confident most who watch monster movies do not like being frightened in reality.

A roller coaster ride doesn’t represent a ride to the store; it’s designed to entertain.

Fiction is not tethered to reality.


I thought the more popular genres these days was things like Saw or Scream or the other slasher type movies.