This post is a discussion on pornography that was originally posted last May. You can also see Part 2 of this post for tips on protecting your preteens
The pornography industry is a $14 billion business. It is estimated that 42.7% of internet users view pornography. It is literally ripping apart marriages and families every second.
Here are some of the facts about preteens and pornography…
• Average age of first Internet exposure to pornography: 11 years old
• 15-17 year olds having multiple hard-core exposures: 80%
• 8-16 year olds having viewed porn online: 90%
• Nine out of 10 children aged between eight and 16 have viewed pornography on the Internet.
• In most cases, the sex sites were accessed unintentionally when a child, often in the process of doing homework, used a seemingly innocent sounding word to search for information or pictures.
(Data from London School of Economics January 2002)
• The fourth most-searched word on the Internet for kids ages 7 and under in 2009 was “porn.”
• For all kids up to age 18, sex was No. 4, porn No. 5.
• A recent survey found that 30% of girls ages 9 to 15 years old had sent or received sexual messages or photos of themselves.
• 1 of every 3 that reported to receive “sext” messages said that they accidentally received the message that was intended for someone else.
(Data from OnlineFamily.Norton.com and research from AK Tweens)
Be sure to check out Protecting Your Preteen from Pornography for strategies on keeping porn out of your home.