What Happens When Children Watch Pornography?

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What Happens When Children Watch Pornography?
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There are loads of websites offering free videos that cater to people with various sexual interests. It can even be considered that online pornography is already a normal part of adult life, regardless if you're a man or a woman. It's convenient for anyone who needs a quick sexual release.

Still, what's unusual and alarming is when children get access to such explicit content. They are still developing physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively. So what happens if they are exposed to adult content at such an early stage in their lives? Read on!

The world was shocked when a 12-year-old boy confessed to raping his own sister.

The world was shocked when a 12-year-old boy confessed to raping his own sister.

According to the reports, that boy is now 14 years old, and he has just pleaded to six charges of rape. Remember, his sister is under 13 years old.

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This boy's Internet search history included links to hardcore and incestuous porn.

This boy's Internet search history included links to hardcore and incestuous porn.
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Now, he has a one-year referral order and is banned from not only seeing his sister but also from interacting with anyone who's below 16 years old.

Likewise, a 13-year-old boy from Canada raped a 4-year-old boy.

Likewise, a 13-year-old boy from Canada raped a 4-year-old boy.
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Another report says, before he repeatedly raped the small boy, he watched gay pornography using the computer of his foster parent.

In 2013, more than 5,000 sexual assault cases were reported to authorities in the United Kingdom.

In 2013, more than 5,000 sexual assault cases were reported to authorities in the United Kingdom.
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What is more terrifying is the fact that all of the alleged perpetrators were aged below 18 years old. Some of the offenders were just five years old.

There is a theory that pornography is to blame for these horrifying acts.

There is a theory that pornography is to blame for these horrifying acts.
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Basically, young children are prone to imitating the things they observe. If they view hardcore pornography, they could easily believe that such acts are normal.

A significant portion of the child rape cases involved offenders who were exposed to pornography.

A significant portion of the child rape cases involved offenders who were exposed to pornography.
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The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children found out that many kids as young as 11 years old have viewed pornography. Likewise, the kids' initial shock to such content slowly but surely dies down. In the end, they will believe that pornographic acts are ordinary.

Sadly, parents cannot always stop their child from finding porn.

Sadly, parents cannot always stop their child from finding porn.
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Even if parents have computer locks and safeguards, children will have chances to view pornography. They can accidentally view porn by using Google through someone's smartphone.

Worse, sex in porn is usually quite violent and far from the average reality of sexual acts.

Worse, sex in porn is usually quite violent and far from the average reality of sexual acts.
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Take note that children are still trying to understand what is right and what is wrong. They don't need to be exposed to porn at such a young age.

Of course, there isn't really anything wrong with porn if it's only viewed by adults.

Of course, there isn't really anything wrong with porn if it's only viewed by adults.
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The problem is that children who see pornography are unable to rationally decide what action they should take.

Because of online pornography, a lot of kids have had their childhood ruined.

Because of online pornography, a lot of kids have had their childhood ruined.
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Viewing them is already bad, but some of these children will attempt to do them. Kids cannot cope with porn and they need to be blocked from such content.

A lot of child offenders came from dysfunctional families.

A lot of child offenders came from dysfunctional families.
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Thus, they were already exposed to violence and abuse within their own families.

Moreover, some children who searched for porn were likely to develop bad behavior and drug addiction.

Moreover, some children who searched for porn were likely to develop bad behavior and drug addiction.
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Some of the children even had a mild case of depression. Several of them also had a pitiful emotional relationship with other people.

Still, research has suggested that being curious about porn is normal for teenagers 15 years old and above.

Still, research has suggested that being curious about porn is normal for teenagers 15 years old and above.
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A survey in 2013 also noted that almost 75 percent of teenagers aged 11 to 18 wanted pornography to be tackled as part of sex education.

In the end, it is important that pornography is seriously discussed through sex education.

In the end, it is important that pornography is seriously discussed through sex education.
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