Pornography at an Early Age

Jan 28, 2015

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Children are being exposed to pornography at increasingly early ages. Many children are even becoming addicted to pornography. Pornography websites are not allowed to permit children under the age of 18 to access their websites, but many children are able to lie about their ages to access these websites. As a result, many children are accessing pornographic websites.

A study in the United Kingdom revealed just how prevalent children viewing pornography is. According to the study, about 1 in 20 visitors to pornographic websites are children under the age of 18. As a result of the study, regulators in the United Kingdom are rolling out laws that require internet users to prove that they are over the age of 18.

Also found in the study was the age at which children are viewing pornography. Six percent of children age 15 or under had viewed pornography during the course of one month. Many of these kids are accessing pornography on free pornographic websites.

While many children are being exposed to pornography at a young age, parents can and should take steps to prevent their children from accessing pornography. Talking to children at a young age about the dangers of pornography and what to do when they accidentally come across pornography will prepare children for situations in which they are exposed to pornography. Click here to learn what Kristen A. Jenson, author of "Good Pictures Bad Pictures; Porn-Proofing Today’s Young Kids", says about creating an action plan for when family members are exposed to pornography.

Another thing parents can do to prevent their child from accessing pornography is installing an internet filter like Net Nanny. Net Nanny can block access to pornographic websites and other categories inappropriate for your children, such as violent, gambling, or social media sites.