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Frightening Statistics on Porn Addiction in Our SocietyScarily high statistics of children regularly viewing pornography.

A parliamentary study conducted in Australia showed results that make porn addiction frightening, alarming and worrisome.

With regards to the quantity of kids watching stuff they’re not supposed to watch, we’d be wise to consider these results…

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The study found out that four out of five young men and women aged about 16 years old frequently watch porn on the web.

Other results state that one in three ten-year-olds have WATCHED porn at least once and more than a quarter of youthful patients being treated at a private clinic have admitted to be addicted to porn. The youngest case is an eight-year-old boy brought by his parents to the private centre, horrified to find out about his online activity.

As internet pornography is an increasing trend among teens, there’s a great possibility that our homes are now becoming a potential red light district.

In 2004, Dr. Mary Anne Layden, the co-chief of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program, called porn the ‘most concerning thing to psychological health that I know of existing today.’

“The internet is a perfect drug delivery system because you are anonymous, aroused and have role models for these behaviors,” Layden said. “To have drugs pumped into your house 24/7, free, and children know how to use it better than grown-ups know how to use it — it’s a perfect delivery system if we want to have a whole generation of young addicts who will never have the drug out of their minds,” she added.

With these results exposed, the experts agree on one thing. The ‘birds and the bees’ should be something that parents and children talk about on a regular basis.

According to ChildLine UK, their poll shows that one in five 12- to 13-year-olds think that watching porn is a normal behaviour. ChildLine UK is a free 24-hour counselling service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday in the UK provided by the NSPCC.

“Children of all ages today have easy access to a wide range of pornography,” he said. “If we, as a society, shy away from talking about this issue, we are failing the thousands of young people it is affecting,” Peter Liver, director of ChildLine, said in an article recently published by BBC News.

ChildLine also observed that teens feel depressed while watching porn, giving them body image issues and make them feel pressured to engage in sexual acts they’re not ready for.

ChildLine suggests talking openly about the issue and that improved education is important.

Young people turn to the internet to understand and learn about sex and relationships. Porn website ads pop up and your kid might or might not click on it on purpose, but it is there, presenting itself and giving them the opportunity to be curious which could possibly lead them to watching porn regularly. This situation is prominent among ChildLine callers and could be the same for most.

“We know they are frequently stumbling across porn, often unintentionally, and they are telling us very clearly that this is having a damaging and upsetting effect on them,” Dame Esther Rantzen, ChildLine’s founder said in BBC News.

Parents are encouraged to talk to young people about sex, love and respect as well as how to handle peer pressure in a generation where teens are forced to do something to seem cool.

As to what age, these topics should be opened up as soon as your child has a mind of his/her own. By doing that, parents are ensured that their children gain a sound perspective over relationships instead of basing it on porn, which, actually, is more on fantasy. There is a great chance that they are able to make informed choices if they are raised in this perspective.

The trick is in how to remove the shame that comes when talking about sexuality, porn, gender and other touchy subjects. It is best to create a home which places importance in clear and open communication.

You can ignore these facts, turn a blind eye and stay mute, or be brave enough to face the truth these statistics are telling you. Yes, they are frightening, but they are there and it will continue to be unless you do something.

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What do you think about kids watching porn?

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