Harold S. Koplewicz, MD. Parents have always struggled with how to talk with their kids about sex, but in a world where pornography is a mouse click away, the conversation is more complicated than ever. A rather alarming number of adolescents — girls as well as boys — seem to be looking at porn online and using it as inspiration for their own sexting , blithely sending explicit pictures of themselves to their crushes and posing suggestively on Snapchat and Instagram. You can be the reality check for your kid. In fact, although sexting is rampant among the young, sex is not.
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Is Watching Porn Really All That Bad for Teenagers?
Blog , Relationships , Technology. Neither sex nor sexual attraction is inherently bad — it is part of normal, healthy development — in the right context. We ought to be encouraging young people to be safe, healthy and confident about their bodies and sexual development. The problem is that the sexualised wallpaper of society does not allow for this natural development to occur. It forces our teens into unhealthy beliefs and practices, before many have even had their first kiss. So as a start, it is safe to assume that teens already know what it is. If not specifically addressed, it is likely to erode their emotional, mental, physical and relational development.
What to Do If Your Kid Is Watching Porn
When we were growing up, kids were limited to watching porn on a videotape, DVD, or fuzzy cable channel. Right now, there are at least 4. According to our Annual Report ,
Those numbers jump up toward the end of adolescence. There are plenty of reasons to watch pornography or view pornographic images. It feels good. Sure, sex — in terms of evolution — is for making babies. Sex is also a way to express love, experience intimacy, and mark the passage from adolescence to adulthood.