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Aaron Allen
Aaron Allen

Teen Porn 15 Years

Whatever the case may be for you, research shows that about 67% of 13-year-old boys and about 40% of 13-year-old girls have seen at least one pornographic image on some sort of digital device in the past year. Those numbers jump up toward the end of adolescence. Research shows that by the age of 18, over 90% of boys and over 60% of girls have seen porn in some form or other.

teen porn 15 years

Teen sexting, or the sharing of sexually explicit images online or on smartphones, is also becoming more common. Despite the fact that nearly a quarter of teens have sent or received sexually explicit content through text, it is a highly serious crime that carries very severe consequences.

A study from 2014 estimated that nearly 70% of boys and 40% of girls have seen a pornographic image online by the age of 13. By 18 years old, these figures jump to 90% of boys and more than 60% of girls.

Many parents feel apprehensive about talking to their teens about sex. However, the subject will come up, most likely sooner than later. Young people today have far more access to explicit material than ever before. Parental controls for pornography can block some of this content, but technology savvy teens can find ways around them.

The best way to protect your child from the effect of porn addiction is through frank and open dialogue. While that is easier said than done, here are a few therapist-recommended tips for talking to your teens about porn.

Both teens and parents do not look forward to talking about sex or pornography. Address the awkwardness of the conversation right away, and let your teen know that the discussion is difficult for you too. Show them that you are open to hearing what they have to say, and you are not there to judge, shame or preach.

Research has found that many teens watching porn are doing so out of curiosity and a lack of understanding about sexuality. However, porn is not the most accurate place to learn about healthy sexual interactions. Ask open-ended questions and give your child space to talk about what they are trying to understand.

Young people may uncover new aspects of their sexuality from watching porn. This can cause feelings of confusion or uncertainty. Be ready to discuss surprises with your child and provide reassurance if necessary.

Since porn is so normalized, teens may not realize that watching pornography can come with risks. Let your child know that while some porn use is healthy and normal, explicit material has the potential to become addictive. Comparing porn to addictive substances like alcohol or drugs can paint a clearer picture for your teen. Also, describe the effects of porn addiction in a factual and judgment-free manner.

Some parents strongly object to pornography use. However, imposing your beliefs on your teen will only damage their trust and shut down communication. When talking about the effects of porn with your teen, try to keep the conversation neutral and open. You want your child to see you as a source of support, not a source of judgment.

One of the most damaging effects of porn use is its influence on developing young minds. Teens who explore their sexuality through internet pornography are inadvertently training their brains to respond to exaggerated and unrealistic images.

Francis Scott, 41, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to two counts of sexually exploiting a minor and one of possessing child pornography for sexually assaulting two teenage girls several years ago and capturing the acts on his cellphone.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise Barton, the teenager met Scott at a gas station in Providence and asked him to give her a ride back to school. Instead, he drove her to a parking lot, where he asked her to engage sex acts.

Ipsos recruited the teens via their parents who were a part of its KnowledgePanel, a probability-based web panel recruited primarily through national, random sampling of residential addresses. The survey is weighted to be representative of U.S. teens ages 13 to 17 who live with parents by age, gender, race, ethnicity, household income and other categories.

While there is no gender difference in having ever experienced online abuse, teen girls are more likely than teen boys to say false rumors have been spread about them. But further differences are seen when looking at age and gender together: 15- to 17-year-old girls stand out for being particularly likely to have faced any cyberbullying, compared with younger teen girls and teen boys of any age. Some 54% of girls ages 15 to 17 have experienced at least one of the six cyberbullying behaviors, while 44% of 15- to 17-year-old boys and 41% of boys and girls ages 13 to 14 say the same. These older teen girls are also more likely than younger teen girls and teen boys of any age to report being the target of false rumors and constant monitoring by someone other than a parent.

There are also differences by household income when it comes to physical threats. Teens who are from households making less than $30,000 annually are twice as likely as teens living in households making $75,000 or more a year to say they have been physically threatened online (16% vs. 8%).

Beyond those differences related to specific harassing behaviors, older teen girls are particularly likely to say they experience multiple types of online harassment. Some 32% of teen girls have experienced two or more types of online harassment asked about in this survey, while 24% of teen boys say the same. And 15- to 17-year-olds are more likely than 13- to 14-year-olds to have been the target of multiple types of cyberbullying (32% vs. 22%).

These differences are largely driven by older teen girls: 38% of teen girls ages 15 to 17 have experienced at least two of the harassing behaviors asked about in this survey, while roughly a quarter of younger teen girls and teen boys of any age say the same.

There are numerous reasons why a teen may be targeted with online abuse. This survey asked youth if they believed their physical appearance, gender, race or ethnicity, sexual orientation or political views were a factor in them being the target of abusive behavior online.

Looking at these numbers in a different way, 31% of teens who have personally experienced online harassment or bullying think they were targeted because of their physical appearance. About one-in-five cyberbullied teens say they were targeted due to their gender (22%) or their racial or ethnic background (20%). And roughly one-in-ten affected teens point to their sexual orientation (12%) or their political views (11%) as a reason why they were targeted with harassment or bullying online.

The reasons teens cite for why they were targeted for cyberbullying are largely similar across major demographic groups, but there are a few key differences. For example, teen girls overall are more likely than teen boys to say they have been cyberbullied because of their physical appearance (17% vs. 11%) or their gender (14% vs. 6%). Older teens are also more likely to say they have been harassed online because of their appearance: 17% of 15- to 17-year-olds have experienced cyberbullying because of their physical appearance, compared with 11% of teens ages 13 to 14.

Older teen girls are particularly likely to think they have been harassed online because of their physical appearance: 21% of all 15- to 17-year-old girls think they have been targeted for this reason. This compares with about one-in-ten younger teen girls or teen boys, regardless of age, who think they have been cyberbullied because of their appearance.

Certain demographic groups stand out for how much of a problem they say cyberbullying is. Seven-in-ten Black teens and 62% of Hispanic teens say online harassment and bullying are a major problem for people their age, compared with 46% of White teens. Teens from households making under $75,000 a year are similarly inclined to call this type of harassment a major problem, with 62% making this claim, compared with 47% of teens from more affluent homes. Teen girls are also more likely than boys to view cyberbullying as a major problem.

Views also vary by community type. Some 65% of teens living in urban areas say online harassment and bullying are a major problem for people their age, compared with about half of suburban and rural teens.

According to teens, parents are doing the best of the five groups asked about in terms of addressing online harassment and online bullying, with 66% of teens saying parents are doing at least a good job, including one-in-five saying it is an excellent job. Roughly four-in-ten teens report thinking teachers (40%) or law enforcement (37%) are doing a good or excellent job addressing online abuse. A quarter of teens say social media sites are doing at least a good job addressing online harassment and cyberbullying, and just 18% say the same of elected officials. In fact, 44% of teens say elected officials have done a poor job addressing online harassment and online bullying.

Teens who have experienced harassment or bullying online have a very different perspective on how various groups have been handling cyberbullying compared with those who have not faced this type of abuse. Some 53% of teens who have been cyberbullied say elected officials have done a poor job when it comes to addressing online harassment and online bullying, while 38% who have not undergone these experiences say the same (a 15 percentage point gap). Double-digit differences also appear between teens who have and have not been cyberbullied in their views on how law enforcement, social media sites and teachers have addressed online abuse, with teens who have been harassed or bullied online being more critical of each of these three groups. These harassed teens are also twice as likely as their peers who report no abuse to say parents have done a poor job of combatting online harassment and bullying.

Aside from these differences based on personal experience with cyberbullying, only a few differences are seen across major demographic groups. For example, Black teens express greater cynicism than White teens about how law enforcement has fared in this space: 33% of Black teens say law enforcement is doing a poor job when it comes to addressing online harassment and online bullying; 21% of White teens say the same. Hispanic teens (25%) do not differ from either group on this question. 041b061a72


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