Should Pornography Awareness be Taught in Schools?

Mar 05, 2014

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Although less than half of parents try to protect their children from online dangers and internet pornography by monitoring home computers, there are many other sources of pornography viewing for teens. It is easily accessible and it is everywhere. Teachers have shared that students use mobile devices to view porn during school hours and share what they view with one another.

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers in the UK conducted a study by questioning 451 teachers working in high schools and universities about the influence of porn. Besides catching students watching pornography on breaks, other signs of viewing explicit material include: increased sexual bullying, explicit language, and promiscuous behavior.

The messages that pornography sends to teens are different but just as destructive.  Pornography suggests to teens boys that women are objects, and kindness and responsibility are not needed in a sexual relationship. It suggests to young girls that they must look a certain way for boys to be attracted to them. This can lead to low self-esteem, depression, and eating disorders.

The effects and influences will continue to amplify and take an even greater toll on children.  Some teachers feel that it is their responsibility to provide “pornography education” in schools.  Sex education is already provided in schools to promote safe sex; it has been suggested that pornography awareness be added to the curriculum. If pornography education is taught in schools, it could help prevent sexting and other promiscuous behaviors.

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