Update Sex-ed To Include Pornography As A Topic
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The World Our Children Experience Has Changed
Today, children are connected to the internet nearly 24/7 and this means that they can be exposed to more possibly harmful material in their youth than most adults have seen in their entire lives. Among this possibly damaging online material is pornography.
Online pornography has been found in studies to be used by over 90% of youth before they turn 18, with 14 being the average age when children begin watching. Access to porn is easier than it has ever been, all it takes is an internet connection and 4 letters.
Pornography has been found to be possibly damaging to the minds of youth, with it being observed to correlate with:
- Higher levels of personal insecurity in relation to their self-image and self-esteem.
- Abnormal or unhealthy expectations towards sex.
- Risky sexual behavior.
- In rare cases, possibly addiction.
What Can We Do To Change This?
Many parents are understandably uncomfortable with discussing topics such as pornography with their children, which is why the subject should be mandatory in High school / Junior High sex-ed lessons. Pornography isn't bad, and it definitely isn't something to be banned, the best thing we can do is tell adolescents the truth. We need to tell them that pornography may have risks, that it is adult entertainment and NOT educational, and finally that it is fiction. Most importantly, adolescents need to know that pornography depicts fiction, and that they shouldn't hold their expectations of themselves or others to the standards displayed online.
Regardless of how taboo or possibly controversial this topic may be, most teens will be exposed to pornography at one point or another, so teaching this in schools can do only good.
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