Problematic pornography use is not just a problem for adults. The average age that US children are exposed to online pornography is between 11 and 13 years old. Widespread internet access and an abundance of free, online pornography websites have made it easier than ever before for kids to, accidentally or intentionally, view sexually explicit material. It’s normal for kids to be curious about sex, but online pornography websites are not a substitute for a medically accurate, sex ed curriculum. Fortunately, studies also show that communication between parents and their kids about sexual health can buffer kids against any detrimental effects of sexually explicit media. Therapists also play a crucial role in that we are often the first adults kids confide in about their online pornography use. But just what are the potentially harmful effects of online pornography?
For #DigCitWeek, imagine what it’s like to online date at 15, or even 13. It’s the reality for many true digital natives, i.e. those born w/in 5 years of the iPhone. If we want to provide real support to them, we must understand the digital social … structure they inherited from us