By Jonathon Van Maren
Pornography is referred to as “adult” material for a reason: People recognize that, however pro-porn they might be, kids should not see it. I always wonder at what age we’ve grown up enough to believe that women can be abused, degraded, and used as sex objects, but such is the culture we live in.
The problem is that pornography is everywhere. Children are growing up with it on every technological device they own—and most children in Canada, for example, are getting over six hours of screen time a day. More often than not, they end up finding explicit sexual imagery. A look at the numbers tells us that we are seeing our culture’s very first Porn Generation:
Average age of first Internet exposure to pornography–11 years old
Largest consumer of Internet pornography–35-49 age group
15-17 year olds having multiple hard-core exposures–80%
8-16 year olds having viewed porn online–90% (most while doing homework)
7-17 year olds who would freely give out home address–29%
7-17 year olds who would freely give out email address–14%
Children’s character names linked to thousands of porn links–26 (Including Pokemon and Action Man)
That last statistic highlights something very ugly about the porn industry: They’re about as serious about keeping their products away from children as the tobacco industry is. In reality, they know that the sooner they can hook children on pornography, the faster they can get boys and girls addicted to their mass-produced perversions, the quicker they can shape the attractions of those children and gain life-long customers. The porn industry is hijacking puberty and adolescence as the best time to gain complete control over the sexuality of children—and regardless of the emotional pain, dysfunctional relationships, and deformed attractions that might follow, at least they’re making money.
Well over 70% of parents have not placed Internet controls or filters on their computers or technological advances. So it’s important that parents know: The porn industry wants your children as customers. And they don’t care how young your children are.
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Talk to your kids about the reality of pornography. A great resource to use is the book “Good Pictures, Bad Pictures.”