As teenagers reach puberty, physical changes occur that bring a new curiosity about sex and sexuality. Newfound urges and an interest in sex leads young people to seek information and education to provide both knowledge and gratification. Historically, young people would have sought information to fulfil their urges and interest via advice from their friends, maybe family members and the limited pornography available. Whilst teenage boys are the predominant consumers of pornography, teenage girls are not far behind. Cyber Experts advise that, 'When a teenager is first exposed to the concept of sex via pornography, they begin their education and experience with a total misinterpretation of reality.
Talking to your teenager about pornography
Pornography: talking with teenagers | Raising Children Network
Those numbers jump up toward the end of adolescence. There are plenty of reasons to watch pornography or view pornographic images. It feels good. Sure, sex — in terms of evolution — is for making babies. Sex is also a way to express love, experience intimacy, and mark the passage from adolescence to adulthood. Sex also has different meanings in different religions, mostly related to marriage.
Why more teens are turning to pornography to learn about sex
Talking about pornography is one of the best ways to protect your child from the influence of pornography. You could start a conversation by talking about something you and your child have seen in a movie, TV show, YouTube video and so on. Or you could ask your child some questions. For example:.
While it may be perfectly normal and healthy for teenagers to develop curiosity in their sexuality, changing times have brought with them alarming statistics addressing teens hooked on pornography. Thanks or no thanks to the internet and cable television, there is a huge collection of pornographic images available for unrestricted viewing by adults as well as teenagers. In the past, young people could not easily access pornographic materials unless they went an extra mile to scavenge from trash or access hidden adult collections. Even children armed with only rudimentary computer skills can unlock the floodgates to a barrage of X-rated images.