Protecting the young from online porn

Young people and children may not be looking for them. But porn is definitely looking out for them.

Today we live in a world where over half of teens own a smartphone or an iPod, which, without restrictions, and if the owner was inclined, could be used as a portable x-rated cinema, almost as easily as it could be used as a phone.

In 2008 YouGov conducted a survey of nearly 1500 American youths. Here is a handful of statistics for you to digest:

  1. 9 out of 10 boys and 6 out of 10 girls have been exposed to pornography before the age of 18.
  2. Average first exposure to pornography among boys is 12 years old.
  3. 83% of boys and 57% of girls have seen group sex online.
  4. 69% of boys and 55% of girls have seen same-sex intercourse online.
  5. 32% of boys and 18% of girls have seen bestiality (sex between a person and an animal) online.
  6. 15% of boys and 9% of girls have seen child pornography.
  7. 71% of teens hide online behaviour from their parents.
  8. 28% of 16-17 year olds have been unintentionally exposed to porn online.
  9. 20% of 16-year-olds and 30% of 17-year-olds have received a sext.

LYP says: We know that these are statistics from America, however we also know that we, in the UK, tend to follow the examples of American teen culture.  This is why LYP is active in schools trying to educate them to prevent young people from being casualties of this addictive drug. If young people are constantly exposed to this level of sexuality online then it will change their behaviour in relationships and consequently if left over a long period of time, it can severely effect the culture of society. That is why we are very much relieved to hear that the Government is going to make sex and relationships education (SRE) mandatory in all schools across England and Wales. 

 

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