From The Sex-Wise Parent author, Janet Rosenzweig:
“A major study found that almost all boys and two-thirds of girls over age 13 have been exposed to online porn. Most exposure happens between the ages of 14 and 17, but thousands of children 13 and younger are exposed to sexually explicit images daily. Boys are more likely to report that they sought out pornographic images while girls were more likely to report involuntary exposure.
“Early images influence a young person’s fundamental understanding of sexuality. People develop ‘sexual archetypes’ or fundamental beliefs about sex, and viewing sexual images can become part of this development. If the people in the images look like people who could be friends or neighbors then the acts may appear acceptable and an involuntary feeling of sexual arousal may make the act even seem more agreeable.”
Concepts to explore:
Ask about the content of the images using medically accurate terms for body parts and sex acts. Acknowledge that curiosity is normal, and share that these images are fictional and have nothing to do with real life love, sex, and intimacy. Then consider exploring these issues:
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