The makers of Pornography websites are targeting children more than ever before. There are countless examples of children downloading innocent Apps and finding Adult orientated sites pop up on their device. Children are being exposed to these sites at an average age of 11. The largest consumers of porn are males between 12 to 17 years of age. Pornographic Addiction is real and it is becoming more prevalent than you might imagine.
Viewing pornography can be a very stimulating experience for a child. The dangers are that they are viewing content which they have no real life experience of. This can create very unrealistic relationship expectations. It can also lead to sexual violence with future partners. The problem also arises that the initial type of pornography that was viewed may no longer satisfy and lead a person to seek out more graphic and violent types of pornography.
It is a sad reality that the majority of online pornography is freely available. Very few sites require any form of age verification. More troubling is that the pornography industry hare heavily investing in the new Virtual Reality technology that is due to be available in 2016.
Tips for Parents
- You may notice pop ups on your own device this may be as a result of a child accessing pornography on the device
- You may see unexpected charges to your credit or debit card. This may mean that the child purchased access to a pornography site
- The child may be displaying more advanced knowledge and interest than they than they should for their age in sexual matters
- Always a good indicator that a child is looking at or doing something that they shouldn’t online is if they immediately switch screens when you come near
- Parents should always watch their children’s online activity. Start by checking the Internet History to see the sites that the child has visited
- Talk to you child ask them if they have seen or unintentionally been exposed to pornography
- Discuss what they have seen, do they understand the content, that it may not be how people behave in the real world
- Never blame the child, if you do the child may be unwilling to be honest with you in the future. You need an open line of communication with the child
- It is important to encourage positive behaviour in a relationship. Parents should explain what a healthy relationship consists of. Discourage the unrealistic expectations that can form as a result of exposure to pornography